Style File: Ben Pentreath

Ben Pentreath lives an exceptionally varied life. He has an architectural and interior design practice and a shop and divides his time between a former Parsonage in Dorset and a flat in the heart of London’s Bloomsbury. Ben champions traditional English interiors – lived in, eclectic and sometimes eccentric spaces which reflect the interests of their owners. He creates homes which are at once traditional and modern, unbending in the face of fads or fashions yet full of joyous colour and character.

“Timelessness interests me; it’s important in both architecture and decoration. I think about longevity and am interested in looking outside what is completely current.” – Ben Pentreath

    BEN’S LONDON FLAT – THE SPARE BEDROOMThe spare bedroom of Ben’s London flat is papered with Morris & Co ‘Willow’ wallpaper. Aesthetic movement wall shelves house a collection of vintage Wedgwood Jasperware and the traditional Victorian iron bed has been painted a punchy red – ‘Charlotte’s Locks’ by Farrow & Ball.Like this? Then you’ll loveOur indispensable directory of design professionals for your house and gardenJAKE CURTIS
    BEN’S LONDON FLAT – THE BATHROOMIn the tiny bathroom of Ben’s London flat a collection of monochrome prints are hung on a wall lined in ‘Richmond Park’ from Zoffany – a grisaille foliage wallpaper.Like this? Then you’ll loveFarrow & Ball’s essential guide to their 9 new colours and how to use themJAKE CURTIS
    BEN’S LONDON FLAT – THE BEDROOMIn the main bedroom of Ben’s London flat the walls are papered with Soane‘s delicate ‘Seaweed Lace’ wallpaper and a roman blind has been made up from matching fabric. A striped blanket from Pendleton adds a cosy touch to the bed.Like this? Then you’ll love100s of bedroom decorating ideas – from design and furniture to storage and wallpaper »JAKE CURTIS
    BEN’S LONDON FLAT – THE HALLWAYThe corridor of Ben’s London flat is painted in Farrow & Ball’s ‘Brinjal’ – a dark aubergine. It is covered from ceiling to skirting with prints, plaster reliefs and books, making it a space to enjoy rather than a walkway to hurry through. A chest of drawers is home to stacks of books and a Marianna Kennedy‘Spring’ lamp in yellow.Like this? Then you’ll loveNeed a rattan weaver? Or a mirror maker? The people safeguarding traditional craftsJAKE CURTIS
    BEN’S LONDON FLAT – THE STAIRSThe entrance to Ben’s London flat is through a white door onto the stairway, the walls of which are covered in framed artworks. The print based on Radio 4’s Shipping Forecast (centre) is from Flowers and Fleurons, a small letterpress workshop in Brighton that produces hand-printed limited edition prints. This particular one is the ‘Finisterre’ edition in subtle greys, printed specifically for Ben. The pendant light is ‘Beat Wide Black’ from Tom Dixon, while the red chair on the right is a Prince of Wales Investiture Chair from 1969 designed by the Earl of Snowdon.Like this? Then you’ll loveThe best design ideas for city gardens. Welcome to the urban jungle…JAKE CURTIS
    BEN’S LONDON FLAT – THE KITCHENThe compact galley kitchen of Ben’s London flat is bright with white units and shelving, though not clinical thanks to unusual dark green walls. A similar paint to the one used here in the kitchen and also the stairway is ‘Euphorbia’ by Paint Library.Like this? Then you’ll loveMake your office space work for you with these clever design ideasJAKE CURTIS
    BEN’S LONDON FLAT – THE SITTING ROOMThe walls of the living room are hung in a pale grey grasscloth. It makes a subtle background for the furniture, which is a clever mix of periods, such as a Regency sideboard and mid-twentieth-century pieces including a Hans J Wegner chair and a favourite Fornasetti ‘Palladiana’ chest, bought from Themes & Variations gallery. The curtains are in a Madeleine Castaing stripe.