The decoration of a townhouse should be both durable and sympathetic to its location and the architectural features of the home.
Interior design should stand the test of time, both physically and in terms of enduring style.
At Sims Hilditch we work on homes across the UK including many properties in London and here I explain the principles of creating stylish city interiors.
1. Bring modern country style into play
One of the things we love to do when working with our urban clients is to bring elements of the countryside into their interiors and combine them with a range of modern finishes.
For example, we could introduce tongue-and-groove wainscoting in a kitchen with Crittall doors, or natural fiber floors like sisal rugs in a living room with a crisp metal coffee table. This soothing country aesthetic helps to soften the sharpness of the more contemporary glass and metal finishes that are typical of a contemporary townhouse, creating a timeless space that our clients want to live in.
2. Reuse and reuse
Many of the houses we are introduced to in the city are steeped in history and we like to reflect that in our designs.
Antiques are a must-have as they value character and individuality so much. In fact, such historical pieces have already proven that they have stood the test of time and survived to this day, making it almost a given that they will endure for many more years to come.
Often they just need a loving renovation or even a creative conversion for a different use.
3. Plan practical layouts
Timelessness is not only rooted in the aesthetics of a home, but also in its practicality. The disjointed floor plans and lack of storage space often found in urban interiors can be a problem that drives homeowners to sell, often in favor of country homes with lots of space.
This can be countered with careful spatial planning and sensitive renovation work. We excavated the basement of our Sims HQ in Hilditch (and my family’s London home) to create a spacious bedroom, media room and laundry room, freeing up plenty of space upstairs for a large kitchen and formal seating area.
We’ve installed bespoke joinery throughout to utilize awkward spaces that would otherwise have been wasted and provided plenty of storage ideas to store all the paraphernalia needed to house a family.