Written by Becca Green

Explore this Victorian barn conversion with a love for leopard-print

A dark colour palette, bold design choices and a solid look throughout epitomises this eclectic barn conversion.

dark and eclectic living room

Image: Katie Lee

With a passion for dark, bold interiors, Sally Worts (@sallydoessassy) took an unconventional approach to redecorating her family’s four-bedroom Victorian barn conversion in North Yorkshire.

Timeless kitchen design

cream howdens kitchen

Image: Katie Lee

The couple chose a new cream kitchen from Howdens when they first moved in to tie in with the original lighter decor. ‘I’m thinking about repainting it in mustard to complement the Anna Hayman wallpaper in the dining area,’ says Sally. Vibe black mosaic wall tiles from Victorian Plumbing are a similar design.

Moody living room

dark and eclectic living room

Image: Katie Lee

Although the scheme was designed around a traditional coffee table that Sally’s husband Chris loves, she has introduced quirky pieces like the Olive & Sage palm tree floor lamp and leopard-print rug to add a contemporary edge. The Orla and Olinda artwork by Sofia Bonati from Eyes on Walls is a particular favourite. ‘It’s ridiculously large but it works,’ says Sally.

Family dining

mustard velvet dining chairs

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Sally has given this open-plan space an eclectic look. ‘I love to mix up finishes, such as the rustic table from Design Shack Interiors combined with velvet chairs from Rockett St George and Anna Hayman lampshades that probably shouldn’t be in the kitchen!’

Statement hallway

leopard print hallway

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Tucked under the stairs, which have their own leopard-print wow factor, is an Oriental-style sideboard from The Nine Schools and black mirrors from La Redoute. ‘I’d always wanted a big Crittall-style mirror but they were so expensive,’ says Sally. ‘So I bought two smaller ones and fixed them together at the back so it looks like one big mirror.’

At home bar

art deco inspired bar

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Chris re-built a wooden bar found on Ebay, which Sally has teamed with leather bar stools from Cult Furniture. Artwork from Ink & Drop and a statement animal-print backdrop complete the look. ‘We’ve just built a veranda outside, so this room will really come into its own in summer when we can throw the doors open,’ she says.

Bold boudoir

dark floral bedroom

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Wallpaper from 1838 Wallcoverings fits perfectly into Sally’s floral boudoir theme. ‘I was drawn to the shape of the Art Deco velvet bed from Sueno Beds, and the velour floral rugs from Ebay are like something from an old person’s caravan but I just love them.’

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