Real home: a sophisticated master suite loft conversion

Clever interior design and bold colour has transformed this loft conversion into a stylish open-plan master suite

The loft conversion of a three-storey former care home in the South Wales town of Pontypridd offered Sue and her family huge potential to create a beautiful, practical master suite.

With previous experience of renovating properties, the Hollywells bought the house in October 2013, and stayed living in their existing home as the work began. Deciding to manage the project themselves, the couple used local builders, who they had worked with before, and started by stripping back the entire property to its bare bones, before working from the top down and tackling the loft conversion.

‘We knew what we wanted so didn’t need a designer. We sketched the permanent outlines and external walls in ink but the interior ones in pencil, and then used different-colour pencils to see various options of the interior layout,’ says Sue.

The space earmarked for the master suite was originally two loft bedrooms, but as the couple didn’t want a wall of wardrobes to dominate, they began by having a floating wall installed to break up the space and to create depth in the larger room.

Fact file

The owners: Susan Hollywell, an English teacher, and husband Mick, an operations manager, live here with their daughters Ruby Lily, six, and Seren Rose, three

The property: A three-storey, five-bedroom Victorian terraced house

The location: Pontypridd, South Wales

What they spent: The couple’s bedroom and en suite project cost around £8,000

‘We love our grown-up retreat,’ Sue, homeowner

Blue and white loft bedroom with storage

A floating feature wall dividing the space has been painted in Stiffkey Blue by Farrow & Ball, and includes an open shelf perfect for displaying accessories. Laura Ashley’s Cobblestone paint has been used on the walls and ceiling.

A large mirror creates the illusion of space, and the white bed from Momentum, with bedlinen from TK Maxx, contrasts well with the dark blue of the feature wall behind. Scatter cushions from Home Envy add a pop of colour.

Blue and white loft corridoor

To keep within budget, wardrobes were fitted with Ikea frames and fixings, with doors made by a local carpenter. They run the entire width of the room, giving the feeling of a private dressing space behind the floating wall. ‘Once we started looking at how to save money, it really pushed our design ideas,’ adds Sue.

blue tiled bathroom with wooden sink

A white-stained oak vanity unit from Ikea was adapted to give a floating appearance. Wall-mounted taps from free up space, and for a similar mirror try Better Bathrooms.

Lighting also played an important part in the overall look of the space. ‘We gave lots of thought to the wiring and lighting decisions,’ says Sue, ‘and added features such as anti-mist mirrored cabinets and radiators with electric elements – great for towels in the warmer months when the heating isn’t on.’

Loft bathroom with freestanding bath

A freestanding bath from Living Life in Cardiff is a luxurious addition to the bathroom, while Bond Street Blue metro-style wall tiles from Walls & Floors were the inspiration for the colour scheme. The bath mat is from House Envy.

Loft conversion bathroom with blue tiles

The couple wanted a powerful shower for their new en suite, so chose the digital Excel BIR by Mira. For a similar chrome heated towel rail, try

The Contacts

  • Plumber: Andy Magee of ExBG Gas, 01885 488548,
  • Carpenter: JW Carpentry, 07728 739445
  • Sanitaryware: Living Life, Qualitex Bathrooms
  • Fixtures and fittings:
  • Tiles and flooring: Celtic Flooring, Walls & Floors