Belgravia, in central London, is filled with grand stuccoed terraces of tall sober houses, many of which have been used as embassies or ambassadorial residences for years. Others, though provide magnificent spaces for the most exuberant of owners to fulfill their fantasies.
This house is richly coloured, the use of velvet for upholstery and the brilliant tones of gilt picture-frames and mirrors creating a lavish ensemble. The antique fireplaces are French and bold, curtains are full and rich, and the furniture is a wonderful mix of traditional shapes dressed up in exotic style, reminiscent of a Venetian interior.
The use of intense colour is not only confined to the reception rooms; bedrooms and bathrooms also fizz with colour and the simmer of silk. The kitchen and dining-room have touches of Gothic, and the owner prefers to commission unusual pieces from a wide circle of artistic friends rather than buy more conventionally.
To achieve a paint finish such as the blue on the walls of the dining-room requires a skilled practitioner who is prepared to work with several tones in layers, creating a depth of colour and a finish far richer than flat paint can ever achieve. A dream home is essentially on without restraint of any kind.