We are often asked what rooms looked like before we have worked our magic on them. The photographs below show the striking transformations that good interior design can bring to a space.

Before and After……. Transforming a classic Georgian bedroom

Our clients have lived in this Edinburgh Georgian apartment for several years. They commissioned us to transform the bedroom in to a more contemporary space. We painted the room in slipper satin from Farrow & Ball and then coordinated fabrics and textures to create a glamorous and relaxing room.
The headboard was designed with cut outs at the back so that it would sit flat over the wall paneling.

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Interior design Edinburgh before & after

Before and After……. A slate grey classic contemporary kitchen

Our clients are keen cooks and had been using a very small room in their house as a kitchen. We worked with them to look at options for relocating the kitchen into different rooms in the house. This music room was chosen as the room to use and we designed a kitchen layout for them to maximise this space. The brief was for a classic contemporary kitchen with a mixture of clean lines in the cabinetry and enough storage for their saucepans. Our clients like having items on display so their existing saucepan racks were recoloured to suit the warm slate grey walls.
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Before and After……. Improving a tricky new build living room

The living room in this new build house had uncomfortable proportions. The chimney breast felt too narrow for the room and the dark wooden mantlepiece took over the space. Our client was interested in extra storage in the room as well as bespoke cabinetry to transform the fireplace wall. We worked closely with our cabinet maker to design the shelving units. They were back lit with warm white led lights to give a lovely soft atmospheric light at night.
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The fireplace was changed and a sandstone mantle was built to the exact width of the chimney breast. The soft colour gives a more continuous flow to the wall. Downlights were placed in line with the edges of the mirror to highlight it.
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Before and After……. A Listed Scottish country house

Our client grew up in this East Lothian Georgian lodge in the sixties and had happy memories of the house. When she was looking to retire back to Scotland she saw a for sale board outside and was delighted to be able to buy her childhood home. The house was in quite a state of disrepair with damp patches and crumbling plaster throughout. We were commissioned to renovate the living room for her and then called back in to design the rest of the house the following year.

In the hall the radiator was moved to make room for a console table. The lighting was improved by installing downlighters close to the walls to light the beautiful wallpaper. This large scale wallpaper was hung throughout the hallway and a coordinating earthy toned carpet was selected.

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The dining room was transformed with a warm colour scheme. This room is entered from the hallway so similar tones were chosen to the hall wallpaper.
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The bathroom was redesigned to include a walk in shower. Our client requested a red bathroom so we complemented this with marble style white tiles. The roman blind was hung from the ceiling to disguise the tricky window shape.

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In the living room the fireplace was removed and replaced with a chesney’s fire basket with a limestone surround. The brief was for a calm and restful living room so soothing colours and soft, natural fabrics were used.

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Our client liked the existing colours in the bedroom but wanted to give it a major upgrade. We introduced a roman blind and window seat to make a feature of the window. Curtains were made in a soft blue wool and a new lighting plan, paint scheme and accessories were introduced.
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Before and After……. A dreamy French home

This Beautiful French chateau was a dream job, the rooms were bare but in great condition. Our brief was to turn a very plain boring interior in to the perfect French relaxing country house. The only challenge was that we had 6 weeks…. Oh and that included shipping to France! We have great relationships with our craftsmen here so with such tight timescales it was best to have most of the bespoke items made in the UK.

Before and After of the blue bedroom – from boring to calm relaxing and luxurious…..

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Before and after of the yellow bedroom – stylish, sophisticated and opulent.

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And….. Top of our love list is the before and after green toile room.

French toile bedroom before and after

An Edinburgh New Town Apartment

This Edinburgh apartment needed fully renovating. Two bedrooms were knocked into one to create a large kitchen diner and the old kitchen was turned into a bedroom.

A lot of halls we see are badly lit with pendants which effectively just light a circle on the floor. In a narrow area lighting the walls takes your eye to the edges and makes it seem wider.

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Apart from pulling together a creative scheme to suit our client the biggest improvement in this living room was the renovation of the original marble fireplace and addition of a fire insert. The apartment has lovely views to Fife so a window seat was added for her to sit and read a book or enjoy the view.

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Built in joinery designed to be in keeping with the architrave in the rest of the apartment.

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Bye bye yellow bathroom, hello relaxing pinks and greys.

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Two small bedrooms were knocked together to make one large kitchen diner. It was big enough to make a sunny seating area shown above. We took the pink colour in the blinds and piped the armchair with it to tie it all together.

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The old kitchen was stripped out and the room turned into a lovely relaxing bedroom with a small built in wardrobe in place of the old washing machine.

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Edinburgh New Town Apartment

You may have seen the Edinburgh New Town re-development on our projects page, here are a few pictures to show you what it looked like before.

The guest bedroom was tiny so rather than trying to make this small space feel bigger we embraced its size and made it dark, cosy and intimate.

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Similarly in the dining room the ceiling was very low. Black gloss paint was used to make a dramatic statement and it reflects the table and wallpaper giving the illusion of it being higher.

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The kitchen was doubled in size which allowed room for a table by the window. There wasn’t quite space for a table and 4 chairs so we designed this banquette so it can accommodate 4 with ease and 6 with a squeeze!

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The bathroom brief as art deco glam.

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And here is a work in progress shot of the living room. A false wall was built to allow room for a fireplace, TV and atmospheric lighting.

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About Robertson Lindsay Interiors

Sally Homan (Design Director) is an associate of the British Institute of Interior design and has developed a stunning portfolio of beautiful homes across the UK. Her work has been featured in many interior design magazines and she prides herself of working with each clients personal tastes to create their dream home.

For more information or further examples of her work please contact Sally on 0131 629 1661 or by email at sally@robertson-lindsay.com