Interior Inspiration: Revamping a Rental to Make it Home.
By Deborah Moor & Caroline Nicholls of Slightly Quirky.

We were approached by a family who had been renting out their Reigate home for a number of years whilst they lived abroad. The tenants had moved out and the property was looking very tired. They wanted to reclaim it as their own, so that they had somewhere to live and feel at home when they visited the UK in the holidays.

With three young children the brief was to create a vibrant, fun and colourful design without spending a fortune. They didn’t plan to keep many personal possesions in the UK and so we brought the house to life with colour, texture and the occasional piece of slightly quirky furniture.

Our starting point was the beautiful blue tiles in the sitting room fireplace which we took onto the new velvet sofa and inspired the colour scheme throughout. We chose leather for the second sofa for a more eclectic mix of styles and a really lovely fabric for the large bay window to replace the heavy grey velvet drapes that had hung there previously. The pop of yellow in the Yvonne Coomber artwork and lampshade makes all the difference.

Sitting Room Paint Colours: Walls, Farrow and Ball Strong White 2001 Matt Emulsion. Woodwork, Little Greene French Grey 113 Eggshell


Playroom: We chose a contemporary sofa for the playroom and added fabulous Frida Kahlo cushions from Graham and Green. Two rugs were laid on the floor to create a bold geometric shape. The Star Wars print already belonged to the family.

Paint colours: Walls. Little Greene French Grey Pale 161 Intelligent Matt Emulsion. Woodwork. Farrow & Ball All White Estate Eggshell.


Kitchen: We selected Ercol dining chairs for the kitchen, adding a few blue chairs to lift the natural wood scheme.

Paint Colours: Walls. Craig and Rose Esterhazy Matt Emulsion. Woodwork. Farrow & Ball All White Estate Eggshell.

Bedrooms: We chose the paint colours, furniture, bedding and accessories for each of the bedrooms.

This guest bedroom is Little Greene French Grey Mid Grey 162. The master bedroom (top header image) feature wall is Craig and Rose Smalt Matt Emulsion and all other walls Little Greene French Grey Pale 161


We created individual colour schemes for each of the children. Here, Little Greene 108 James Matt Emulsion is featured on the bedside wall with red higlights and layers of texture in the furniture and accessories.


Soft pastels were chosen for the little girl’s room with Farrow and Ball Middleton Pink 245 Matt Emulsion 7% sheen on the walls.


The bathroom colours shown in the gallery below is Little Greene Turquoise Blue 93 Matt Emulsion and Farrow and Ball Wimborne White 239 Modern Matt Emulsion 7% sheen. The hallway is Farrow and Ball Strong White 2001 Matt Emulsion 7% sheen.

Interior Design: Slightly Quirky

Photos: Anna Stathaki

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