“House of Colour” – Grade II Listed Townhouse

by Francesca

Brief for the project?

  • Berkeley Place was selected to undertake a comprehensive renovation and enhancement of a Grade II Listed townhouse at one of Bristol’s prime residential addresses.
  • The main objective was to restore and renovate the tired multiple dwelling townhouse, into a modern and functional family home.
  • The clients needed help optimising the budget with the design to lots of high-end finishes.
  • The clients wished to inject vibrant colours to elevate the interior in particular to an exciting new level.

Challenges on the project?

  • One of the key challenges we find when renovating listed properties in particular is how to innovatively integrate historical detailing with contemporary fittings.
  • The project faced challenges related to damp ingress, which is a common issue with historic Grade II Listed properties.
  • Making great communication throughout the project direction, better enabled decisions making around solutions to unexpected building fabric issues.

Quirky Part to the project?

  • One of the notable quirky aspects of this project was the use of less common colours chosen from the Farrow & Ball colour library.
  • The clients decided to hire a Farrow & Ball colour consultant to help select much more statement colours and finishes for each room.
  • By leveraging the consultant’s extensive knowledge of colour psychology, current trends, and innovative techniques, Berkeley Place brought the clients’ visions to life and created vibrant and unique spaces.
  • Another distinctive feature of the project was the bespoke internal joinery throughout the house. This included fitted wardrobes, a study bookcases, and a breakfast bar unit in the kitchen, adding personalized and functional elements to the design.

Can you describe each room? What suppliers did you use and any favourites?


  • A shaker style, open-plan kitchen from GH Interiors, Bristol.
  • Dark timber kitchen cabinets, styled with a few fluted glass cabinets and white marble worktop.
  • Farrow & Balls, Tanners Brown No.255 colour was used on all walls, skirting and window frame.
  • A bespoke built-in shaker style breakfast bar cupboard was created to hide all breakfast essentials.
  • The architrave leading to dinning space was painted in Farrow & Balls, Light Blue No.22.

Hallway, Stairs & Landing:

  • All timber banisters were restored to their original glory.
  • Oval Room blue No.85 colour from Farrow & Ball was chosen for all hallways and skirting throughout the property, enhancing the overall aesthetics.

Master bedroom, Dressing Room:

  • The master bedroom and dressing room featured Farrow & Ball’s Setting Plaster No.231 colour on the walls, skirting, and windows.
  • The warm hue of Setting Plaster provided an excellent backdrop for the client’s antique furniture, creating a contemporary feel within a modern home.
  • The room was further furnished with an upholstered bed, Pooky lighting, and doorknobs from Matilda Goad & Co.

Ensuite Bathroom:

  • For the master ensuite bathroom, the colour Skimming Stone No.241 was selected.
  • Skimming Stone provided a soothing and clean look that beautifully complemented the dark marble tones in the diamond flooring tiles.
  • The bathroom featured a bespoke Parker Howley oak vanity with a marble top, solid brass fittings, a freestanding roll-top bath, a bespoke glass shower/screen enclosure with a marble herringbone tiling design, and a heated towel rail.


  • Farrow & Ball’s Treron No.292 colour was used in the study to evoke a traditional ambiance and complement the client’s antique furniture.
  • Bespoke bookshelves and storage units were created to maximize functionality.


  • Inchyra Blue No.289 colour from Farrow & Ball, adding depth and character into a small space.

What was the client’s reaction?

Our ambition on all Berkeley Place projects is to ensure the clients become ‘raving fans’. We believe it’s clear to say on this project our clients have become just that!

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