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Subtle Colors in a Former Victorian Carriage House in Hackney

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Subtle Colors in a Former Victorian Carriage House in Hackney

March 4, 2019

Recently spotted, admired, and bookmarked for future palette inspiration: a poetic little carriage house in central Hackney, on the outskirts of London, that uses color in ways both surprising and subtle. We found the listing recently on The Modern House—and knew right away that it should kick off our New Colorways week.

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Photography courtesy of The Modern House.

The house is just 8 square feet and has two bedrooms. Here, a peek into the kitchen from the dining area. A dark green pendant light matches the green lower cabinets. The counters are oak and the sink is hand-cast concrete. (Like the plate rack? See Drip Dry:  Kitchens with Wall-Mounted Dish Racks for more examples.)
Above: The house is just 813 square feet and has two bedrooms. Here, a peek into the kitchen from the dining area. A dark green pendant light matches the green lower cabinets. The counters are oak and the sink is hand-cast concrete. (Like the plate rack? See Drip Dry: 13 Kitchens with Wall-Mounted Dish Racks for more examples.)
A more pulled-back view into the kitchen. The sash windows, exposed ceiling joists, and tongue-and-groove paneling on the walls lend the semi-open space a rustic look.
Above: A more pulled-back view into the kitchen. The sash windows, exposed ceiling joists, and tongue-and-groove paneling on the walls lend the semi-open space a rustic look.
The view from the kitchen into the dining area.
Above: The view from the kitchen into the dining area.
A short flight of steps from the dining area leads down to the living room. A skylight in the reclaimed-wood ceiling provides some natural light. The colors you see here—blue, green, and red—are echoed throughout the house to cohesive effect.
Above: A short flight of steps from the dining area leads down to the living room. A skylight in the reclaimed-wood ceiling provides some natural light. The colors you see here—blue, green, and red—are echoed throughout the house to cohesive effect.
The entryway (painted red) leads into the living room. Painted brick walls and concrete floors add to the rough-hewn beauty of the interiors. (Note the arched nook in the wall, at right: It was where coachmen kept their candles when working at night.) Just to the left is a powder room.
Above: The entryway (painted red) leads into the living room. Painted brick walls and concrete floors add to the rough-hewn beauty of the interiors. (Note the arched nook in the wall, at right: It was where coachmen kept their candles when working at night.) Just to the left is a powder room.
Pass through the powder room for another short flight of steps, this time down to the sleeping quarters.
Above: Pass through the powder room for another short flight of steps, this time down to the sleeping quarters.
At the foot of the stairs is a pass-through bathing area that leads to the two bedrooms.
Above: At the foot of the stairs is a pass-through bathing area that leads to the two bedrooms.
The bathing area opens up to the master bedroom.
Above: The bathing area opens up to the master bedroom.
A wall of blue closets anchors this bedroom.
Above: A wall of blue closets anchors this bedroom.
The green of the painted kitchen cabinets is repeated here on the shutters.
Above: The green of the painted kitchen cabinets is repeated here on the shutters.
Another small bedroom is adjacent to the master bedroom.
Above: Another small bedroom is adjacent to the master bedroom.

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