We created this beautiful open-plan reception room for our clients.


The owners of this lovely Edwardian house had been thinking for some time of opening up their two existing reception rooms to create a new space which could be used in a much more flexible and social way.
To achieve this vision, we at A&R Design began by removing the wall between the two original reception rooms, leaving a bulk head between the two in order to provide support and define the two spaces whilst still allowing them to flow into one another.
Once an open-plan space had been created, we re-decorated the whole new room. The two original rooms had different flooring, which needed to be replaced by one unified floor. The original floor-boards were in reasonably good condition, so we called in our floor restoration specialists who sanded them back (a difficult and skilled job) and used a floor-filler to fill all the spaces and create a smooth surface, before using a clear varnish to show off the natural beauty of the wood. As we had retained the original floor, we were also able to keep the existing skirting boards in place, thus retaining a period feature, and avoiding the need to completely re-plaster the room.
We used a lovely rug in warm, rich shades to help define the cosy seating area around the existing wood-burning stove, and picked up the same colours in scatter cushions on the sofas. A combination of open and concealed shelving enabled the owners to showcase some of their favourite books and ornaments, whilst keeping clutter out of sight. The walls were painted in a warm shade of cream to complement the beautiful floor and provide the perfect backdrop to a gallery wall showcasing a selection of their favourite pictures. The existing patio doors and large windows were retained to flood the space with plenty of light.
This relatively simple project had a big impact on the property and has enabled the owners to realise their dream of a beautiful social space in which to entertain friends.
A&R Design has extensive experience in undertaking all types of interior alterations and decorations, and all the different decisions and processes that this type of project entails. For a free quotation for your project, please call us on 0208 3676599.