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A charming townhouse in Kensington

Alissa Ugolini—homify UK Alissa Ugolini—homify UK
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As humans, we are naturally curious to peek inside the lives of others. Like a fly on the wall, we want to see how different people live day-to-day. Here on homify, we are privileged to view the inside of many extraordinary homes that would ordinarily have their doors closed to the public. Why is it so interesting to see the colour palettes that have been employed or how organised the kitchen is? Perhaps it's to draw comparisons against what we currently have, or hope to possess. Maybe it's as simple as gaining inspiration when your creative side is lacking. Whatever the case may be, today we're going to look inside the four walls of a charming townhouse in Kensington. Here, you will find a mix of modern and classic, all tied together with comfort and elegance.

The size of our homes is inevitably shrinking, but the Hampstead Design Hub will show you that by employing quality material finishes and textures, you can have a small house with maximum effect. With no detail spared, you will see below a lavish townhouse that you're sure to become green with envy over. Take a look…  

Blue moon

In this first image, we are presented with a classically themed bedroom. With a serene and soothing ambience, this room is the epitome of calm and relaxation. Balanced nicely by the Persian rug on the floor, the dark coloured bed frame adds a stunning contrast to a room that is neutral and muted. Just like a picture frame, this border subtly whispers to us the hierarchy of the space—with the bed being highlighted as the focal point. No questions need to be asked as to what the purpose of this room is—it is a space where body and mind can retreat to, after the demands of a busy modern schedule. 

Bronze glow

The second bedroom shows off a warm colour palette—an interesting contrast to the room above. Smaller in size, the comfort factor of the room has not shrunk with the lack of dimensions, in fact, it is cosy and elegant in its own right. The bronze coloured feature wall, in conjunction with the twin side lamps, creates a warm glow that is conducive to sleep and peacefulness. The headboard has an interesting detail too, with the ability to move up and down based on the needs of the occupants. Now, reading or watching a movie in bed has never been so easy and is of course, far less taxing on your back, neck and shoulders! 

Official duties

When the time comes that a little day to day management of household duties or work needs to be completed, this study nook provides an inviting space to get the job done. Elegant and chic, the light is dispersed ever so gently into the space thanks to the sheer curtains. Looking very much like the study area of French aristocracy with its golden hues, curvaceous furniture and rich colour palette,  this is a marvellous space to even enjoy a cup of tea and a good read if you feel you need a few moments to yourself.

A contemporary feel

The living room provides an interesting juxtaposition between various decorating styles. We have some intrinsically modern elements such as the couches, coffee table and fireplace, played out against a classical style rug, circular mirror and side table. The intricate black and white pattern on the wall art contests with the floral pattern on the rug, yet even with their obvious differences, balances out well. In this space, we see the same gold tones reflected in the earlier image, creating a dialogue between the two spaces. 

Light & bright

A kitchen should never be anything other than light and bright, and this has been executed with full force in this image. A large skylight bathes the kitchen work area in natural light, creating a simply radiant and welcoming space. The largely white colour scheme is counter-intuitive to the light, helping to further illuminate and disperse the glow. Quite different in style to the bedrooms and living spaces, the kitchen is at the height of modern design with its monochromatic colour palette, strict geometry and endless line of sight.

Open plan living

From this angle, we can see that the dining area is linked directly to the kitchen space. Separated by the horizontally shaped island bench, this creates a definitive aspect that shows the divide between the two areas. The light from the kitchen flows into the dining area, yet doesn't disturb it enough to take away the serene atmosphere provided by the simple hanging light above the table. The dining set is modern in design too, but is softened by the lamp shade and pull down curtains to the rear.

We hope you have enjoyed the tour through this townhouse in Kensington, and have taken away plenty of tips and ideas for your own home design project.

To see more exciting projects from the Hampstead Design Hub, see the following ideabooks:

- Creative thoughts: The Hampstead Hub

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