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GREY MATTERS

Porchester Square, W2


Recent changes to planning laws mean that it is going to be easier than ever to add a mansard roof or convert a loft. Anyone thinking of embarking on such a project could do worse than look at this beautiful apartment overlooking Porchester Square. Located on the top two floors of a large stucco-fronted terraced house, it is an example of how to create a beautiful space and make the most of the position.

A subtle grey Farrow & Ball shade provided the perfect backdrop for the owners’ collection of Warhol-esque pop art. On the floor below, a custom-made rug picked up the colours in the artwork, perfectly bringing the scheme together. On the opposite wall, a Rothko-influenced painting dominates but turns what could have been a little-used recess into a mini art gallery.

The living room is located on the top floor and a further recess was created to allow for an expansive terrace leading from the living room via bi-fold doors. The result was a room flooded with natural light. Elsewhere in the room, space was maximised by creating recessed storage spaces for lighting, audiovisual equipment and storage cupboards. A large crushed velvet sofa with a purple hue takes in the views of the Georgian square beyond. The open-plan room leads into the glossy white kitchen with its Absolute Nero granite worktops, huge windows and stylish dining area.

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In the master bedroom, designer wallpaper gives a splash of texture while the padded headboard and luxurious eiderdown would not look out of place in a boutique hotel. Once again, natural light was emphasised with subtle roman blinds mounted above the window frame. The second bedroom is generously sized and has sleek wardrobes to hold an almost limitless amount of clothing. Elsewhere, an Art Deco desk is juxtaposed with a glass-fronted Victorian bookcase in the study. It was as elegant as it was stylish. Anyone looking to renovate the top floors of a house should definitely take note of this property.