A Victorian Home in London with Bold Color Accents

Interior design firm Frank and Faber have redesigned this Victorian home in Kensington, London into a beautiful home for a family of six. In every room of the house you will find vibrant color touches that are combined with period features and contemporary furnishings.

Almost all interior walls on the ground floor have been removed to create a grand open-plan living, dining, and kitchen space. Crittal windows have been installed on the ground floor to create separate areas without losing natural light and a sense of space.

The best thing about a Victorian home are the period features and in this Kensington family home, these period features have either been preserved or re-instated to create a wonderful blend of old and new.


When your home is blessed with high ceilings, you can add a dark color to the ceiling for an interesting color pop. The ceiling in this living room is painted in a beautiful dark blue shade caled Kigali by Paint & Paper Library.


The soft pink walls make this room just a little warmer than you usual light wall color.


A beautiful ornate fireplace is the cener of the room. The wall sconces are by Kelly Wearstler.


These buit-in bookshelves are designed by Frank and Faber. Not only do they add character to the living room, but also provides plenty of storage. Behind the sliding panel (decorated with a Kate Scott artwork by Kittoe Contemporary) hides the televison. The bookshelves are painted in the same color as the ceiling (Kigali by Paint & Paper Library).


A lovely reading nook in the sitting room with Philippe Malouin Group Cocktail Chair (on the right).


The kitchen and dining room is also packed with color, from a green kitchen to earthy red storage. From the ceiling hangs the Arrangements 15B suspension light by Michael Anastassiades, a true statement piece.


In the kitchen every inch of space is used for storage. And while the lower cabinets are a vibrant green, I like that the upper cabinets are in a calm natural wood.


When the clients asked Frank and Faber to design their family home, they were clear on two things. They wanted color and enough storage for their large family. The dining space has both, the large wooden panel is a wonderful design feature ánd a sliding door. The storage is painted in Red Earth by Farrow & Ball.


See also: Contrasting Styles in a Victorian Home in London Designed by Frank and Faber


The master bedroom is painted in a rich and warm purple color (Brinjal by Farrow & Ball) and is combined with equally warm mustard yellow curtains and throw.


The same warm color continues in the kitchen and is combined with Calacatta Viola polished marble.


The bathroom vanity matches the floor for a harmonious look.


The design of this CommonRoom wallpaper comes from a 1918 watercolor drawing by C.F.A. Voysey. The drawing was found in the archives of the Victoria & Albert Museum.

interior design: Frank and Faber (follow them also on instagram @frankandfaber) – photography: Paul Craig – contractor: Builders by Design