With hundreds of fabrics, wallpapers, and paint colours to choose from, many of us are confused, perplexed, or out of our depth when it comes to decorating a room. The thought of refurbishing an entire house from top to bottom could make some want to lie down in a darkened room. But for Belinda Benton, the prospect makes her heart beat faster.

To the left of the piano hangs a painting by Karl Terry, an artist that Belinda particularly admires. As well as being an acclaimed local artist, Karl is also known as a roofing expert with a specialist knowledge of Kent pegs

To the left of the piano hangs a painting by Karl Terry, an artist that Belinda particularly admires. As well as being an acclaimed local artist, Karl is also known as a roofing expert with a specialist knowledge of Kent pegs

Belinda had the larger sofa in the snug re-upholstered in Lelièvre mogadore velvet so that it is fresh yet still looks like a loved family piece. The walls are hung with Casamance wallpaper giving the room the warmth and appearance of being fabric-lined.

Belinda had the larger sofa in the snug re-upholstered in Lelièvre mogadore velvet so that it is fresh yet still looks like a loved family piece. The walls are hung with Casamance wallpaper giving the room the warmth and appearance of being fabric-lined

Belinda has lined two of the walls with bookcases made by one of her local joiners and hand-painted them in Farrow & Ball ‘Cord’

Belinda has lined two of the walls with bookcases made by one of her local joiners and hand-painted them in Farrow & Ball ‘Cord’

Adam’s Eden by Lewis and Wood, Belinda’s favourite wallpaper, looks very much at home in the hallway

Adam’s Eden by Lewis and Wood, Belinda’s favourite wallpaper, looks very much at home in the hallway

Belinda particularly likes the open shelves in the kitchen as they are a way of adding colour with crockery and reflecting light off the glass

Belinda particularly likes the open shelves in the kitchen as they are a way of adding colour with crockery and reflecting light off the glass

The previous owners extended the kitchen with a light-filled eating area.

The previous owners extended the kitchen with a light-filled eating area

The kitchen table was destined for a home in Corfu but now resides in an ideal spot in Kent

The kitchen table was destined for a home in Corfu but now resides in an ideal spot in Kent

The dining room leads off the current hallway and was the original hallway of the house

The dining room leads off the current hallway and was the original hallway of the house

The stately windows allow light to flood into this room illuminating the wood-panelled walls

The stately windows allow light to flood into this room illuminating the wood-panelled walls

Colefax and Fowler wallpaper takes centre stage in one of Belinda’s daughters’ rooms

Colefax and Fowler wallpaper takes centre stage in one of Belinda’s daughters’ rooms

This French bed is from ’Tasha Interiors in Lamberhurst

This French bed is from ’Tasha Interiors in Lamberhurst

The master bedroom was originally a longer room but a false wall allowed space for an en suite bathroom

The master bedroom was originally a longer room but a false wall allowed space for an en suite bathroom

The shell pink bath sits in the centre of the marble-floored master bathroom; shutters provide privacy without losing light

The shell pink bath sits in the centre of the marble-floored master bathroom; shutters provide privacy without losing light

All the bedrooms in the house lead off the light and spacious landing

All the bedrooms in the house lead off the light and spacious landing

Jo Thompson, a Chelsea gold-medallist, has re-designed the garden for Belinda. Jo’s design includes a parterre leading off the terrace, the original of which has been extended to provide a larger seating area

Jo Thompson, a Chelsea gold-medallist, has re-designed the garden for Belinda. Jo’s design includes a parterre leading off the terrace, the original of which has been extended to provide a larger seating area

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  • pictures: David Merewether
  • styling: Lucy Fleming

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