Interior designer Rebekah Caudwell embraced her British roots to create a space filled with her signature aesthetic — colour
Splitting her time between New York and London, Rebekah Caudwell’s stomping ground encompasses two of the most cultural cities in the world. With such a range of diversity at her fingertips, the interior whiz has opted to inject a colour-filled palette into her London townhouse that was essentially a blank canvas — what more could an artist want?
Without the constant headaches, stress and general mayhem that comes with renovating a house, Rebekah was given free rein to focus on the interior. “The design brief was to add some youth, energy and a slightly
more contemporary feel to this beautiful but rather serious house,” says Rebekah. “As colour is always my starting point, I knew we could change the feel of the house using unexpected colours. I always want my interiors to have character and feel like an old friend.”““The house is a Grade II-listed Georgian townhouse in Bloomsbury, London,” says Rebekah. “It was reverted by a developer from commercial to residential use when we bought it, but the developer had created a plain taupe box. It’s great to take on a project where all the construction has been done for you, so it’s more of a decorating job.””
And just like old friends, each room of this house is different from the next, with different shades, textures and materials making each space unique.
Spanning a massive six storeys, creating a distinct personality for each room was no easy task. “The house has a large entrance hall, drawing room and a study, open-plan kitchen/dining/lounge, nanny suite and utility area, master suite and four further ensuite bedrooms on the second and third floors,” says Rebekah. “We also redesigned the garden, laying artificial grass in a curved shape.”
On a mission to create a home that was warm in atmosphere, Rebekah’s use of bright colours played an essential role in determining the vibe of the house. Each room packs a punch when it comes to palette, with red, turquoise, yellow and pink interweaving throughout the space, generating instant and constant energy.
“Colour is always my springboard,” says Rebekah. “I’ll have a combination of colours that I just can’t wait to work with. In this case, there are blues, hot pink, post box red and sunny yellow. We thought that Bloomsbury is a wonderful and somewhat underrated area. It has beautiful Georgian architecture, a great literary and arts heritage and some cool local amenities — and best of all, a village-like feel.”
Although the home is traditional in appearance, stepping inside reveals it is anything but due to the vibrant colour scheme and combination of modern but traditional furniture pieces. “I wanted the house to be a surprise,” says Rebekah. “The patrician Georgian façade leads to certain expectations or preconceptions which I wanted to subvert. I love colour, bold patterns and a fearless approach to interior design. I’m not interested in rules, just what looks and feels good.”
Departing from the tradition of creating minimalist and monochrome spaces, it’s nice to see an interior designer who is shunning the norm and focusing on really making a house a home, filled with bright colours and quirky pieces that demonstrate the personalities of the owners within. “I am about creating interior design that makes people happy. There’s no reason why your home shouldn’t be fun and playful.”
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Written by Annabelle Cloros
Photography by Alex James
Originally from Home Design magazine, Volume 18 Issue 4