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Great Minster House is the most luxurious development Barratt London has delivered in recent years and required a show-stopping interior design scheme for its show apartment. Step forward, Paul Dawson at Honky

Great Minster House

Acclaimed interior designer Paul used Great Minster House's Westminster location as his starting point. Internationally recognised and steeped in history, Westminster has a rich heritage that has inherent appeal. Internationalism inspired him to adopt a very continental style, which was made possible by the architectural features of the development, including high-ceilings and expansive spaces.

This theme was reflected throughout the show apartments by combining silvers and grey-blues which pick up the colour of the washed timber Versailles flooring. This is countered with the warmth of rich timber tones to the freestanding pieces and the variety of textures that the scheme characterises.

Regional Sales Director for Barratt London, Gary Patrick, commented: “The challenge at Great Minster House was to create a show apartment of the best international standard but which still had British roots. Working closely with highly regarded interior design firms such as Honky we have developed a new standard of design aimed at buyers in the luxury property market in London. Honky used materials that have long been associated with luxury such as fur, feather, pearls, leather and suede throughout the furnishing of the apartment. The end result was exactly the right level of wow-factor we were looking for.” 

Paul’s key to achieving the best look involves picking the right accessories and not overdoing it, plus keeping scale front of mind. Large furniture pieces need proportionally sizeable lamps and decorative pieces to provide balance, and smaller scale accessories are grouped on trays on the coffee table and bar.

Paul commented: “I loved the idea of a hall of mirrors, which both hides the hall storage, and creates infinity in what is already a generous space. The correct lighting was very important. The generous ceiling heights in the apartment demanded strong, feature lighting to illuminate the property on a substantial level. The rock crystal chandeliers in the reception room, which are found within the coffering of the ceilings, fulfil this criteria, and create fantastic shadows that have diamond-like appeal.”

In order to mimic this boutique 5 star hotel look in your own home, Paul believes “concealed storage is the key to successful bedrooms, allowing them to create a truly relaxing ambience”. Once again, “lighting is key” and we utilised both wall lights and table lamps across the two suites to complement the coffer lighting detail. Finally, layering texture was important in order to maximise the appeal of the bedroom; conveying luxury and richness - two key words that characterise this scheme.

Everything within the apartment was carefully considered. The bar and console table in the dining room were both custom made to work within the space. All of the upholstered pieces, from bedframes to footstools, had fabrics, leg colour and even nail finish specified to work with the overall scheme. As for the hallway feature artwork, the team at Honky looked at numerous images for this key canvas before committing to a stunning image of Russian dancer Kyra Alanova taken in 1929, who for Paul, epitomises the grace and beauty showcased by Great Minster House.