A Dark & Decadent UK Rental Home

A Dark & Decadent UK Rental Home

Adrienne Breaux
Jul 20, 2017

Name: Kerry Lockwood, her husband Justin, kids Alfie and Jersey, and Chester the dog.
Location: Northumberland, UK
Size: 2000 square feet
Years lived in: 3 years, renting

While some renters might shy away from making any dramatic changes to their home, interior stylist and lifestyle blogger Kerry Lockwood jumped right in. The rental home she shares with her family is in the center of town, walking distance from schools, shops, cafes and a local park. And it's brimming with dramatic wall paint colors, quirky art and delightful design details. In fact, it's in the details that Kerry's design style really flourishes.

"I'm obsessed with home decor, mainly dark, moody hues. No corner is left untouched. For me it's all about the detail. I try to create spaces that feel cosy, cool and lived in while adding touches that normally get overlooked to create a home that you will never want to leave. My style is all about stepping out of your comfort zone and pushing boundaries to take your space to the next level," Kerry writes on her website.

Apartment Therapy Survey:

My Style: Modern and eclectic

Inspiration: I find inspiration in many different places. My dream home would be a New York loft apartment as I love industrial style houses. But we have been restricted in our home as we are renting, so I try to use a mix of industrial and natural materials where possible.

Favorite Element: My living room. We go in there to relax; I just love the inky, dark walls. It feels so cosy.

Biggest Challenge: Most rooms have been a challenge as we are renting. So I have had to think of ways to make it feel like home without changing or spending too much. The kitchen was probably the most challenging but I painted the tiles black, which made a huge difference.

What Friends Say: They can't believe how much we have done in our rented property and the difference it has made.

Biggest Embarrassment: The hallway is the only area that I haven't decorated since we moved in. It still has green carpet, which is not my taste.

Proudest DIY: Sanding and painting the dining room and bedroom floors.

Biggest Indulgence: My vintage leather gym mat, which I use as a headboard.

Best Advice: Even when you are renting, there is so much that you can do. Painting is a game changer in any room and will really transform a space.

Dream Sources: eBay, Gumtree, Etsy, Rockett St George, flea markets, Abigail Ahern


Kitchen – Little Greene Paint company – Cool Harbour
Dining room – Farrow and Ball – Off-Black & Strong White
Living Room – Farrow and Ball – Stiffkey blue

Print — Nickie Kelly

Sofa – John Lewis
Bee cushion — Mimi Emmett England
Rug — IKEA
Giant Anglepoise lamp — Heals
Knitted blanket — Lauren Aston Designs
Art Homeplace; The Poster Club; Anthony Burrill; Society 6; Made; Bold and Noble
On Air Lightbox — St Aidan's Homeware Store

Chairs – Ercol
Art — Via Martine
Copper planter — Homeplace
Festoon lights — Lights 4 Fun
Sequin basket — Southwood Stores
Air canvas — Astella Hrela

Metal shelving — Stak Rak
Love lane sign — Dotty Dolittles
Workbench – eBay
Bar stools — Wolf and Hare
Magazine rack – Trouva
Black basket — Violet and Thistle
Concrete planter — Etsy

Rug — La Redoute
Knitted blanket — Lauren Aston Designs
Gym mat headboard — Vintage

Bath mat — H&M
Macramé wall hanging — Pea Style
Prints — IKEA; Chelsea Prints

Thanks, Kerry and family!

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