A view of Britain
Seen through the designs of the nation's leading interior designers
Take one incredible island. Add 7 stunning rooms styled by leading designers. Now find out how the Great British outdoors has influenced Great British interiors.
Discover the whisky room, where enjoying a dram comes with dramatic views across a Scottish golf course. Explore the tranquil retreat amid London’s concrete jungle.
Scroll to see these and 7 more incredible interiors that offer a true view of Britain.
2 Lovely Gays
This is a Victorian conversion in a leafy suburb we worked on. Our use of plants and indoor trees is an obvious connection to the outdoors, but the subtle palettes and textures reflect the leafy vibe in the south London suburb! We always try to push our clients’ boundaries – in this case, resulting in a truly stunning interior.
Photography by Megan Taylor
2 Lovely Gays
As interior designers, we love to be informed by the unique surroundings of each project.
This is a Brutalist apartment in busy St John's Wood, with glass on all sides. We used architectural foliage in the form of a huge Fig tree to compliment the subtle palettes and textures inside, Smokey pinks and greys, referencing the concrete jungle of north London.
Photography by Megan Taylor
The Design Practice by UBER
This fortunate client wanted to incorporate into their holiday home the enviable views of the third green of the world-famous Gleneagles golf course near Edinburgh, Scotland.
This gorgeous property has large open spaces, with a light palette of colours punctuated by softer, more tactile and cosier rooms. With glimpses of wild game in the rugged surroundings, we wanted to pull in the feel of the woods when creating a fully clad 'whisky snug'.
To add some drama, the room is accessed via a secret door. This relatively minor space has been given a cosy log cabin or ski-lodge feel. Imagine enjoying the incredible view of the famous golfers as the fire crackles – and you’ve a golden dram in your hand.
We worked with Hickman Kingsbury Architects on this large extension to a Leicestershire house. This project features over 150 square metres of glazing – which wraps round the new building and allows a clear view from one side right through to the other.
The completed extension creates space and maximises natural light for this home. Of special interest is the enormous invisible corner in the master bedroom, giving the owners uninterrupted view of the grounds and connecting them with the environment while providing a beautiful place to relax and unwind.
David Hutton Interiors
When designing this 2 bedroom apartment in London, we really considered the outside views, especially in the bedrooms as these were repositioned at the rear of the property so the owners had the views of the beautiful communal city gardens outside.
This was a view we didn't want to mask, so hidden Roller blinds were used. We also dressed the windows with a voile curtain, which softens the windows and we selected a plain neutral fabric to complement the natural colours outside.
I am always inspired by nature in every styling job I undertake. If two colours sit side by side in flora and fauna, then you can't go wrong when using them in a colour scheme.
Not convinced orange and blue go together? Well, they look amazing on kingfishers' feathers! Purple and green sounds pretty horrible too, but take inspiration from the Scottish Highlands with shades like heather and sage and you'll be sure to win.
Images styled for www.surfaceview.co.uk
The house is a Victorian terrace with a typical London garden: long and thin. Although not much in the way of views and vistas, the garden is lucky to have tall mature trees at the end affording the clients privacy and interest.
The clients wanted to keep the feeling of length hence the large windows that expand the kitchen into the garden. When your work is mainly in urban situations, you make the best of what you have and our clients have a private, green space that they can use for much of the year. The daughter of the house has taken to using the outside space as her own private theatre!
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