Blue and Green Tones in a London Home

Behind the historic Victorian facade of a London cottage lies a modern home with blue and green color accents. The two-bedroom house is located in the Nunhead conservation area, and it was recently renovated by the architects of Studio on the Rye.

Many historic Victorian houses can feel a bit dark, but Studio on the Rye managed to add new windows, especially in the kitchen extension, to create spaces that are flooded with natural light.

Blue and green are the main colors in this contemporary home, but they are complimented with subtle pink shades and yellow. This home is a lovely example of how to create a contemporary home in an old building.


The kitchen has been extended, as you see in many Victorian houses. A new floor-to-ceiling window, a skylight, and steel-framed garden doors have been added to flood this room with natural light.


Opposite the kitchen, under the large skylight, they added the dining space. The built-in bench with storage underneath is made in the same style as the built-in cabinet next to it for a colorful, harmonious look.


The kitchen is made of custom-fronted plywood cabinetry by HUSK, fronted by Fenix laminate in ‘Bianco Kos’, Verde Brac’ and ‘Azzurro Naxos’.


The two-tone kitchen cabinets are topped with Silestone quartz worktops, and blue/green Moroccan zellige tiles form the backsplash, which also adds a nice texture to the kitchen.


The living room sits in the front of the house. The walls are painted in Farrow and Ball’s moody ‘Inchyra Blue’. On either side of the fireplace, built-in bookshelves have been added in the alcoves.


It’s a small room, but the large round mirror adds a feeling of space and reflects light to make it feel brighter despite the moody blue on the walls.


The cottage has two bedrooms, the master bedroom has been painted in a subtle pink shade called ‘Soho Pink’ by Mylands. Blue built-in wardrobes provide the room with plenty of storage.


The second bedroom is painted in Farrow and Ball’s ‘Oval Room Blue’. This room also has built-in wardrobes.


The home has a small bathroom with blue hexagonal floor tiles, white metro wall tiles, and a new Velux skylight.


The garden has a brick patio, executed in Petersen brick, that matches the exterior of the new side extension.

photography by The Modern House