FORMAL LIVING ROOM
SW16, London

Interior Design & Decoration Gallery

The dramatic feature wallpaper in this grown-up sitting room is accentuated by the recesses, which are clad in wide bevel-edged mirror panels right up to the cornicing. This is a favourite design trick of mine; using mirrors to expand a room and create a feeling of space.

The mirrored recesses accentuate the ceiling height, double the size of the room, and allow the feature wallpaper to grab our attention.

A large expanse of mirror such as this demands oversized lighting - a normal sized table lamp would look tiny against these mirror walls, hence the inclusion of a pair of Kartell Bourgie limited edition gold lamps - completely flamboyant pieces which add perfectly to this scheme.

It is sometimes difficult to know what to put on a feature wall without reducing the impact of the beautiful wallpaper we have chosen. A clock? Artwork? Photos? Sometimes these can compete with the wallpaper for our attention, and we end up with a busy, cluttered wallspace.

A quirky solution is employed here, which fits in with the larger-than-life accessories. The ornate, gilded picture frame finishes the wallspace; effectively 'framing' the wallpaper, and thus complementing, rather than competing, with the pattern and colour.

The bespoke joinery either side of the fireplace is a nod to traditional cabinetry, but with clean lines and a contemporary finish. One of the cabinets cleverly conceals a plasma TV. The inside of the cabinet contains runners, which allow the doors to slide back into the cabinet so the TV can be viewed. The TV is on an extendable arm, allowing the TV to be adjusted to suit the viewer.

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Client Testimonial

"We love our sitting room. We were a bit nervous of the wallpaper at first. It is a bit dramatic for us, and we thought it might make the room quite dark, but with the mirrors each side, it really makes a statement.

We love being able to close away the TV when we're not using it, and the rooms feels like a proper grown up sitting room where we can entertain guests.

It feels like a contemporary room that won't date easily, but still fits in with the historic feel of our house."