Interiors Inspo: Lifting The Roof

Debbie Blott At Home with Wimbledon Interior Designer Nikki Rees

Wimbledon interior designer Nikki Rees has a reputation for creating beautiful interior designs for her residential and commercial clients, with specialist expertise in educational design including projects for Kings’s College School in Wimbledon and Kingston Grammar.

Her projects are always gorgeous, often luxurious and show an incredible attention to detail. She is used to accommodating the needs of large, busy families so when it came to redesigning her own home, working around two active boys was no problem, but she also had to work within the confines of a much tighter budget than her clients might enjoy.
Soft pink loft bedroom

Nikki lives in a typical 1930’s home. Her dream was to create a calm and relaxing haven to escape to in the evenings and enjoy some peace and quiet. An adult space devoid of all the toys and stuff associated with young children.

It is important to work with a team you know you can rely on when you are ripping the roof off your home. She chose Flaherty builders, with whom she has worked on many client loft extensions and knew she could rely on.

This is her story….

“I wanted to gain as much height in the bedroom as possible, incorporating a drop ceiling that hides the curtain track creating a seamless detail that allowed us to have full height sliding doors to frame the view outside.

It brings the outside in connecting us to the calming landscape and ensures that the room feels like the natural third floor rather than a late edition.

Gallery Wall on corner of stairs

The structure of the space began with a vaulted ceiling to maximise the height of the room, which can be a problem, and create a wow factor that makes me smile every time I walk upstairs. I added my own little gallery in the corner of the landing, which I will be adding to over time.

Round mirror above bathroom basin

I love my en-suite bathroom. It gives me so much joy at the start and end of every day. The quiet colour scheme, natural materials and wet room layout are all designed to make the most of the space, feeling larger and more luxurious than you might expect in a loft.

I chose a bespoke vanity unit in a greyed oak finish that is in-keeping with the floor it floats above, again to emphasise the feeling of space.

Marble wall tiles

The greyed oak chevron flooring is teamed with sophisticated  Carrara marble.

I am lucky to have a brilliant tiler who helped me to create the perfect little recess to tuck that perfect pop of green with a little house plant – and the soaps and shampoos I need when the photographer has left obviously!

Floor detail

The floor tiles were chosen to match the bedroom flooring for seamless effect. Likewise, the curtains are recessed into the ceiling in the bedroom so that you cannot see where they stop leading your eye to the view outside rather than the curtain heading.

door to dressing room

My absolute favourite part of the whole design is the walk-in wardrobe. Great storage is so important in every project if you want to keep your home looking lovely.

We only had a small space to the left of the landing and so I knew that I had to be clever with the storage design, and work within my tight budget.

Ikea hack walk-in wardrobe

The Ikea Pax system is brilliant for maximising space in small room and ideal for transforming sloping eves in attics. The trick is to add bespoke fronts and to transform flat-pack Ikea into a bespoke dressing room.

Everything is painted in the same beautiful shade of blue from Paint and Paper Library for the same seamless effect that is so important to me and makes the space feel taller.

The final finishing touch is carefully considered lighting, designed to highlight only what you need to see – oh and of course I love my silver disco ball!”


So there you have it! A perfect, light and airy new loft bedroom, bathroom and walki-in wardrobe that looks as though it has always been there.

Wimbledon Interior Designer Nikkir Rees by Her Bed

Nikki Rees is a member of The Decorcafe experts and we are delighted to recommend her to you. She is always friendly and helpful and so if you have any questions I know that she would be delighted to help you, so please do not hesitate to get in touch directly.

Her details are all on her expert page here.

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