Case Study 6 – Victorian Terrace

Nov 17, 2013 | Anoushka's Blog, Pre-sale property styling

This is the sixth instalment this year of my case study series where I write about recently finished projects each with a different focus, brief, and style.

This project is a complete home renovation with a view to selling the property once completed. It’s a 2 bedroom, 1 bathroom property that had a separate lounge, dining and kitchen. The wall between the kitchen and dining room was removed to really open up this space into a large entertaining area. We addressed every detail from designing a new bathroom with floor to ceiling Italian tiles using white and grey for a calm space, through to the new galley kitchen with stone tops, dark grey glass splashbacks and the sleek light cabinetry really crates a spacious room for entertaining.

New flooring throughout was a must, we used a hard tile for the ground floor that mimics the look of a timber and creates a Hamptons feel, through to plus cream carpet upstairs to create warmth and comfort in the two bedrooms. We layered rugs downstairs both in the kitchen with a hard wearing sisal through to the lounge room with a simple, neutral wool rug to pull this space together and contrast with the black sofa.

Interest was added through use of wallpaper in the lounge room and master bedroom, the colour palette was kept neutral for resale but pieces of artwork, the black sofa and coffee table and the heritage architraves that were painted bright white to make them pop add another layer to what would have been a very neutral design. To keep the light moving through each room use of wall hung mirrors was important and these also add to the decoration to create that designer look.

Look out for my next case study in the coming weeks. Until then, if you have any thoughts on the above feel free email me at

Happy decorating.

Black detailing makes the most of the traditional features on the exterior of this home

Black and cream offer a neutral and elegant base to build in for potential buyers

In a small space use larger pieces of furniture but less items, this will make the room feel more spacious

We chose not to put an island in this space instead keeping all of the cabinetry along the walls to open up this kitchen.

Keeping finishes simple in a small bathroom creates a sense of calm and openness

Cabinetry runs the full length of the wall to offer plenty of storage

Colour and pattern is kept neutral and soft to create a calm space

Original fireplaces become a feature in these rooms

Guest bedroom should not be forgotten, similar colours tie to two bedrooms together.

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