Nikki Deakin of ND Interior Design, who’s been commissioned to stylishly develop the themes for the interior of our Phase 3 show home – which will open its doors very, very soon! – discusses how she planned the layout, chose the colour palette and selected the eye catching pieces used in the property’s ‘main event’ space: the living room.

The living room for our latest show home at Trent Basin is truly spectacular – and that’s before we started fitting and decorating it. It is positioned on the third floor of the property so is already unusual as far as standard home design in the UK, given the fact that most living spaces are usually ground or basement level. The stunning views across the river from this height give the large space an effortlessly calm, airy and natural feel which was central to our interior design choices.


Because the living room takes up the whole of the third floor, we decided to zone it into specific areas to make the most of the space and possible functions. Near the rear of the room, we’ve installed a duo of beautifully reclaimed and reupholstered, in boucle cream, mid-century chairs (which are like gold dust to find these days!) which sit in front of Crittall-style shelving that can be used as a styling point for the room or as a library. We see this space as adaptable – it can be used for reading, resting, socialising in a pair, studying or looking at the view.

From here we move past a versatile piece – a bureau from So Boho Vintage which can be used for storage, work or purely decoration, into the main seating area. This is the hub of the home and so we’ve gone for a huge modular sofa in a gorgeous burnt caramel colour – it oozes comfort and relaxation and really invites you to snuggle up into the soft fabric and take in the view of the water. Opposite the sofa we’ve picked a beautiful reclaimed side board where we’ve positioned the tv, so that one of the focal points of the room is a warming combination of new and old.

As you come up the stairs into the living space, the anticipation of the view drives you forward through the space and so we wanted to make sure that the feeling of calm tranquillity from the view met the homeowner at the top of the stairs. We’ve brought the feeling of peace and nature to life throughout the room by choosing warm earthy tones and colours on the walls and for the fabrics, and paired these with cosy textures and greenery throughout. It is a large space and we’ve been conscious that we made it soft, not echoey, with smooth textures and flowing fabrics – for example we’ve gone for floor to ceiling pale wave curtains to ensure the view isn’t compromised but privacy is maintained. The living space opens out onto a second living area – a large balcony – which we’ve styled with more seating to make the most of the indoor-outdoor living room design. This multifunctional space really is the heart of this modern, trend-setting family home.

Phase 3 of the Trent Basin development is currently under construction and will compromise of 31 new homes — a mix of two, three- and four-bedroom properties to suit a range of buyers. The first homes will be ready to move into from Spring 2021. Take a look at the Find A Home page for more details.