Melanie Alsford, her husband Richard and their sons Luca and Leo, live in a four-bedroom Victorian house in Hampton, Middlesex. They created an elegant scheme in their neutral and blue living room.
What was the house like when you moved in?
It was mostly in good condition, but we were excited about giving it our own style. One of the first projects we tackled was the living room.
How did the work start?
The old fireplace and built-in shelves made the room seem smaller, so we had them removed. The walls were replastered and painted grey with white above the picture rail. Then we had bespoke cupboards and shelving built either side of the chimney breast. New windows warmed things up as the room had been cold and damp before. We splashed out on a luxury grey and white wool carpet that makes the room feel sumptuous and cosy. As we already had the neutral sofa and tan leather armchair it was then about adding the accessories to pull the neutral and blue living room together.
Tell us about your inspiration for the scheme
As a wedding gift we were given a beautiful artwork painted by my husband’s cousin, Patricia Cordoba. She used aqua and gold leaf to create a large dramatic piece. It was a brilliant starting point for the entire scheme as I adore its turquoise, midnight blues and metallic shades. A painted decorative mirror over the fireplace reflects the colours across the room.
Was there anything else you had to buy?
Rather than having a coffee table, we opted for a large footstool to create an impact, and added a couple of trays for drinks and ornaments – and there’s still plenty of room for us to put our feet up! We decided on a stove and chose a gas, woodburning-effect version that comes with a remote control for instant warmth, making this the perfect room to snuggle up at the end of a busy day!