Julia and Andy Bell were untroubled by the familiar Londoner’s problem of which Farrow & Ball shade of white to use for their new home improvements. They solved the debate by going bold. Really bold.
Think lime green living room floor, deep red staircase, with bedroom floors ranging from zingy orange to sky blue. And kooky colours for the bedrooms of their daughters Harper, six, and Juno, three, which the girls chose.
“It all started with the kitchen,” explains Julia, standing at the polished concrete worktop. “I was definite that I didn’t want a white kitchen. You can get a white kitchen from Ikea. If we spent a bit more we could have something different. We have stepped outside the safe zone, and we really like it.”
By the time Julia, 40, and Andy, 42, were ready to start work on extending and renovating the run-down semi in Kennington, their