Paint is the most cost-effective way of decorating, and a young American artist has completely transformed her home in Notting Hill, London, by painting the floors, walls, tiles and most of the furniture. Instead of sticking to a safely neutral palette, she chose a mixture of red, aubergine, charcoal, pebble and several shades of white. The horizontal textured stripes in the sitting-room were inspired by a house in Beirut, and by continuing the stripes across a pair of built-in 1980s cupboards they recede and the room appears larger. The ground-floor study is red and the cloakroom deep aubergine.
Elsewhere, the house is pale and light, particularly the kitchen/dining-room. Auction finds and inexpensive pine furniture are all painted white, but a changing collection of works of art by the owner and her friends bring a vivid shot of colour into the rooms. Upstairs, she used a pale grey in the bedroom and ivory for the bathrooms, both of which were lined in blue tiles, effectively painted in two-tone stripes. The decoration is confident, and the owners clearly knows what she likes and is unafraid to mix old and new.