Victorian Front Room
by Jai Williams
The fifth best fireplace on my list
I had 'Sherlock Holmes' as a very loose theme for the front room. I also loved to see into the opulent homes around St James's Square in London at night when the lights are on.
I wanted a real open coal fire
, with a chandelier
hanging from the large ceiling rose that was already in place.
I trawled through dozens of websites in search of a modern but apt fireplace that would suit the ideas that I had.
Sadly, the styles I wanted were all too big for my fireplace opening, and I ended up choosing what was possibly my fifth favourite.
It’s simply a kit that is assembled and siliconed into place. Once a chimney sweep cleans, tests and certifies your chimney, you're ready to use it.
I chose an old chalk green as the primary colour
for this room.
on the chimneystack is a replica of an early 1900’s flock paper
that is reproduced and sold by an online company. Not cheap at nearly £50 a roll though!
I took that wallpaper to a large DIY store to get them to mix up the lightest colour of the pattern
, and I used this for the main walls
, while painting the niche to the left & right of the chimneystack in a dark version of the same green.
The room really came together quickly once I sanded down and varnished the original old floor boards.
Now if I stand outside and look up into my flat at night, it looks close to what I had seen
in those beautiful houses in London. So I guess my plan worked! The open fire is the best feature
of the room by far, and it's amazing on those cold winter nights.Renate's comment:
Wow, Jai, you make it all sound so simple ... I love
your color scheme, and the wallpaper is gorgeous, too! And isn't it amazing that the floorboards were in such good nick after more than a century?