The Matlock House

Artistic and chic, but not too precious, this 19th century Victorian weatherboard home has had a re-vamp. Finding itself as a contested finalist in Dulux Colour Awards in 2018, the project features delightful colours in some unusual places, forging a unique home interior design that reads like a colour story from one room to the next.

The young family were inspired by the New York apartment of American-Italian model Cameren Dell’Orefice, pulling eclectic design elements together to create a more adult space after their last renovation 8 years earlier. Desiring a colour infused home, they enlisted The Stylesmiths™ to combine a dash of pizazz with their poster and print collections, and mix of re-purposed vintage furniture with the kitsch. Making something vintage usable and beautiful again is a dedicated task, effectly achieved in the living area where well-loved art deco chairs were re-upholstered in a lush bottle green velvet, and the circular dining table was re-fashioned with Black Japan lacquer with a black glass table top.

Matlock house is known for its colour swatches; one shade in each room to give it a distinct monochromatic atmosphere. Base tones of soft pinks and blues are strongly contrasted by deep green, navy, black, gold and magenta, layered via differing surface treatments and décor. Furnishings and lighting match this energy, creating balance from floor to ceiling and ensuring the entire scheme fits as a whole.