Stroll towards this house near London’s King’s Road and you will pass a pastel rainbow of homes, all painted in ice-cream sweet shades, not all are as bright inside as this end of mews terrace house, though. Architecture and interior design practice TR Studio spent two years transforming the interior beyond its pink façade, painted in Farrow & Ball’s ‘Cinder Rose’, with the results complementing its owners love of entertaining.
‘We embraced the opportunity to mastermind the entire transformation of this beautiful property on a truly iconic London street,’ says TR Studio’s founder Tom Rutt. The largest changes took place on the lower-ground floor, which was excavated and then extended into an existing patio space to create a large, open-plan kitchen and dining area topped by a glass roof. This new space is wonderfully generous and bright space that lends itself to relaxed dinner parties.
The potential for parties continues upstairs, where a bespoke bar has been designed for the smaller living space. With routed timber and curved edges, this well-stocked cabinet has everything that’s needed to mix drinks for guests, or simply provide a sophisticated pick-me-up for this home’s wine-loving owner.
Colour is important in this home, with the palette chosen to, in Tom’s words, ‘amplify and celebrate the owner’s personality’. Therefore, not only is there a purple office, but also a deep green bedroom and a black marble bathroom framed by modern, geometric panelling painted in a contrasting shade of terracotta. ‘The colours create an unexpected, yet harmonious, environment,’ says Helen Thomas, the architect on the project.
As well as adding a vividness and sense of joy to this home, Helen and Tom also concentrated on bringing a feeling of warmth by reinstating some traditional details. Most noticeable is the staircase’s curving Victorian handrail – sinuous and immaculately crafted it pulls the brightly-coloured rooms of this home together.
Sit in the study and look out through the new tall slot windows, placed here to perfectly frame the quintessentially Chelsea view, and you are met by the sight of mature trees and charming ‘arts and craft’ houses. Newly refreshed, this home delicately balances history and modernity, colour and calm. trstudio.co.uk
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