Case Study

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This is a one-bedroom flat in Merchant City, an area of Glasgow where flats are high in demand.

The owners inherited the flat from an old relative and they wanted to rent it out, but they felt that the flat was old-fashioned. The design was a major issue in finding tenants.


All rooms had heavily ornate wallpaper and old-fashioned furniture. The bedroom and lounge had curtains which were much too wide and the recess of the lounge did not have a proper function. The bathroom was outdated.
My customers were very keen to redecorate the flat but had limited funds.
This project was a real challenge, a lot to do and a small budget.



We started the work by removing the carpet in the bedroom, hallway and lounge and scraping the wallpaper. Nearly all walls needed to be plastered to have a better finish and then painted. The carpet in the bedroom was replaced with a brand new dark brown carpet. Hardwood floor was fitted in the hallway and lounge (including the recess).
The bedroom was painted with a gentle yellow-green colour which gives a sense of calm and suits the wooden bed. The bed was not thrown away because it was in good condition and not too old-fashioned.
The curtains were replaced with Roman blinds. Two canvasses and a small bookcase were added.

The lounge was painted in primrose to create a more vibrant environment. A feature wall was added using striped wallpaper, which emphasises the yellow-green of the couch and makes the room more vibrant. The fireplace was replaced with a modern one. The recess became a small office with a desk and a huge canvas on the wall like gigantic window on the world. As in the bedroom the curtains were replaced with Roman blinds. New furniture was brought in.
The kitchen had its white tiles removed and replaced with coffee-coloured modern tiles to suit the colour of the unit. The walls were painted in ivory cream to harmonize the room. Bright coloured items (e.g. kettle, toaster and so on) were used to add a splash of colour.
The white fittings in the bathroom were replaced and the walls were covered with light subtle grey wet walls to create a relaxing and modern environment.

The finishing touches were kept to a minimum to allow future tenants to personalise the rooms.



Paint wallpaper: B&Q
Wooden floor: The Wooden Floor Store (Glasgow)
Wet wall: Richmonds plumbing heating and bathrooms

Work carried out by: SMJ and Morgan & Wood