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Room 19 at Number Sixteen


In this light filled room at Number Sixteen in South Kensington, we wanted to create a scheme which highlights the high ceilings and full length French windows, looking out over the white stucco Victorian buildings of leafy Sumner Place.

The oversize headboard is covered in a striking embroidered linen designed by Oscar De La Renta for Lee Jofa, trimmed with silver studding.

To complement this wonderfully detailed pattern we lined the walls in a striped washed linen from The Cloth Shop. The vertical stripes draw the eye upwards, enhancing the lofty ceilings and beautiful proportions of the room.

The curtains, in a bold red fabric by Osborne & Little, have a lovely weight which dramatically frames the full-height windows. As soon as you step into this room your eye is drawn to the natural daylight streaming through the floor to ceiling French windows.

Pops of this striking red are repeated throughout the scheme, from the kick pleat of the valance, to the playful Double Dot trim by Kravet and on the fabulously chunky Torcal fabric by James Malone used on the tub chairs.

In this airy bedroom, the combination of delicate patterns with a rich palette of deep reds and smart blues make for a wintry and warming yet contemporary scheme.

Everything about this scheme is designed to highlight the wonderful dimensions of the room. The strong block colours on the curtain and subtle vertical stripe on the walls work together to focus the eye on the best features of the room.

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