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Inspiration of the Week: a vibrant villa in east London perfectly in the pink (and green and blue)

A punch-packing palette has been used to powerful effect in this Edwardian terraced house on the edge of Epping Forest

Inspiration of the Week: a vibrant villa in east London perfectly in the pink (and green and blue)

This is a journey into colour. Not just any colour, mind you, but the kind that makes you coo: rich and velvety, dark and moody, vibrant and full of zing. Take a vicarious stroll through the rooms of Mornington Road, currently for sale with Inigo, and you’ll see what we mean. The owners of this three-bedroom house in Chingford, just on the fringes of Epping Forest, have been brave with their brushes – and we approve.

There are, of course, umpteen approaches to the perfect palette. While some specialists may say that bigger, brighter colours are best kept to smaller spaces, a peek into the sitting room here, its walls a glorious midnight blue – Old Navy by Benjamin Moore – proves that sometimes going the whole hog is just heaven. The owners have even painted the skirting and fire surround, as well as the ceiling (as they have throughout the house) – though the cornicing, left as a blaze of white, makes a nice counterpoint. That said, we love the chutzpah of the all-black approach in the dining room.

We’re besotted with the colour-blocking in the kitchen too, where Farrow & Ball’s robust Duck Green meets its match overhead, which is painted a pink Lady Penelope would be proud of. It’s a clash of titans that we’re totally smitten with. Elsewhere, other colour combinations are used to dramatic effect, light often juxtaposed with dark. We’re particularly drawn to the hall, where the woodwork has been picked out in a squid-inky hue against the chalky green – the perfect foil for pictures and posters.

While we at Inigo may be predisposed to maximalism, it’s for good reason – as this house proves. For, when it comes to colour, it seems fortune favours the bold.

Mornington Road, London E4

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