Luxury Living in Wimbledon Village

by Katie Treggiden in Interior designed homes

Award-winning boutique interior design consultancy, Suna Interior Design has created a stunning show home in Wimbledon Village. I spoke to co-founder Helen Fewster about how they did it.

What was your starting point for the design? What inspired you?

The starting point is always the brief from the client and for this project the phrase that came to mind was ‘Luxury Living in Wimbledon Village’. We were to enhance this large family home, and exhibit the property in its best light.

How does designing show homes differ from designing homes for real people?

When designing a show home there is no starting point – you have a blank canvas. You can create a design using your own inspiration. It is quite freeing. Obviously the client’s brief is very important, but you are not restricted by previous items. It is important to keep in mind the potential market, to try and understand the potential purchaser and target the design towards them. To keep in mind what they would like and pay attention to that detail.

"The client is really happy, has had very positive feedback and love the personalised touches."

Can you briefly talk me through what you’ve done in each of the rooms and why?

This is a five bedroom family property with two floors of living space. The lower ground floor comprises a large kitchen and living area. It is the least formal space in the house, where the family will congregate. It is designed to feel comfortable, real and inviting. This feel was created using effects such as upholstered dining chairs with mismatched paletry and by selecting an oversized sofa for TV watching.

What’s your favourite room and favourite item in this project?

That is a tricky question, but I will have to go with the master bedroom because it is one of the most successful rooms comprising a lovely seating area with a fireplace. It also features a bespoke headboard that continues up to the ceiling with bevelled mirror trim and luxurious punch button central panels. A soft, calm, mushroom palate has been used with a duck egg blue accent. Opulence is a given, with a generous six foot bed and plenty of storage. The white glass bedside tables give the room a slightly classical feel, backed-up by the armchairs with roll arms, again in soft mushroom tones, to give that natural feel. The end result is a very sophisticated, real haven for parents – a boudoir.

The colour palette in the bedroom is incredibly delicate – any tips for using subtle and similar colours?

The colour palette is soft mushroom with an accent of duck-egg blue. My suggestion would be to utilise a soft palette and then to accent the room with items in a bolder colour, for example Cole & Son’s delicate wallpaper with oversized paisley.

What’s your must have item in a bedroom – other than the obvious?

The right sort of lighting – mood lighting. For example table lights, and a coffered ceiling which creates a beautiful mood. You want your room to be comfy and welcoming and you can do that by controlling the lighting.

How do you want the person who moves into this space to feel when they’re spending time in it?

I want them to love it, to relish it. A great achievement in a show house is when people walk in and feel comfy. That they sit down on the sofa and can imagine themselves living there. We want them to believe that it’s their space, that they own their dream.

What advice would you give to someone trying to create similar ‘wow factor’ in their own home?

Keep a neutral palate and use accent colours, rich woods with mirror finishes and luxury upholstery like velvet. Use lots of wallpapering, which creates warmth and decorative metallic finishes to give you subtle details.

Any tips on styling a space to make it look its best?

You are better off with one beautiful feature item than a cluster of little things.

What was your favourite part of the process of bringing this project to life?

The joy of the final walk-through – seeing all of what we have put together come to life. The client is really happy, has had very positive feedback and love the personalised touches.

 

This show home is part of the Wimbledon Village development by London Square.


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