Bungalow refurbishment ideas: Bungalow Renovation Ideas – Home Bunch Interior Design Ideas

Bungalow Renovation Ideas – Home Bunch Interior Design Ideas

Marie, of Marie Flanigan Interiors, and her husband, Joe, purchased a 1920s Heights bungalow that was begging for a transformation. Rather than demolish the home, they opted to restore it, unveiling the natural beauty that lives within. In order to give this timeworn home a fresh lease on life, she decided to focus on architectural updates that would lend a contemporary vibe while stylishly preserving the integrity of this historic home. The roofline was extended, creating a bold new façade that spans three directions, and the floor plan was opened up, allowing for a fresh, modern feel. Custom built-in cabinetry spans most of the home’s spaces allowing for ample, much-needed storage while contemporary plumbing and lighting fixtures enhance both style and function.

Inside the home, Marie focused on incorporating traditional craftsman-style elements, including transom windows and coffered ceilings, in order to remain true to the historic architecture found throughout the Heights neighborhood. A reinvigorated color palette pairs nicely with timeless hard finishes including the use of natural stone and hexagonal tiling, a common sight in homes from the 20’s. Furniture and accessory selections were driven by the desire to effortlessly blend classic pieces with more modern ones, creating a home that is at the height of both comfort and style. Antique furnishings play an important role in the home’s design, infusing spaces with a unique sense of history that aptly highlights the property’s historic character. Most notable are a vintage Valenti leather campaign chair which resides in the study, an antique Chinese high back accent chair in the living room, authentic French jug lamps in the master bedroom and antique Oushak rugs throughout.


Restored 1920s American Craftsman style bungalow located in the Historic Heights District of Houston, Texas.

The exterior of the home features custom shaker siding and custom millwork and trim – architectural details that are common in American Craftsman style homes.

Entry Door: Solid 8’ mahogany door with Craftsman detailing.

Landscape Design: Boxwoods and Knockout Roses adorn the front of the home and Bottle Brush trees line the side of the home, blossoming red in the spring. A maple tree stands at the front corner of the home and its foliage changes colors with the seasons. Confederate jasmine was used along the fence line and two 100-year old existing trees were left intact throughout the renovation.
Cement pavers featuring black star gravel borders were installed throughout. Galvanized metal fencing with wood accents was used at the front of the home for a more open feel while solid stained wood fencing was used in the back for added privacy.

Landscaping: Eagle Eye Irrigation, Inc.

Builder: Hernan Vargas

Front Porch

A comfy spot to hear the birds and see life passing by…

Windows: JELD-WEN double hung white, energy efficient windows were installed throughout and the transom windows within the home are framed glass.

Stonework: Antiqued brick.


Key Design Concept for the Space:

-Respect and maintain the American Craftsman details found within the space while injecting a fresh, clean canvas for an updated culinary space.

-Utilize natural materials that wear well over time.

-Install a coffered ceiling that defines the space, adds depth, and lends unique architectural interest.

-Include multiple seating groups for a young family to gather and entertain.

-Increase natural light by extending the side of the home, making the kitchen and breakfast room more spacious.

-Focus on increased counter space and storage for a family who loves to cook!

Kitchen Island Paint Color

The kitchen island is Sherwin Williams Iron Ore.

Cabinet Hardware: Top Knobs Knobs and Pulls.

Wall Color

The kitchen wall paint color is Benjamin Moore Athena 858, Flat.

Cabinet Paint Color

The cabinets are Sherwin Williams Snowbound – Shaker style cabinets.

Kitchen Rug: Madison Lily – Antique Oushak runner.

Appliances are Jenn-Air.

Island Countertop

The island countertop is Honed Carrara Marble with Ogee Edge from Daltile. The perimeter countertop is Honed Absolute Black Granite with Eased Edge, also from Daltile.

Kitchen Faucet: Grohe Faucet


Backsplash is Carrara Marble subway tile – 3×6 – Polished.

Light Fixtures & Counterstools

Lighting is from Pottery Barn.

Counterstools can be found here in oak, or upholstered here.


The kitchen opens to a bright dining area and family room.

Kitchen White Porcelain Farm Sink: Kohler.

Breakfast Area

Key Design Concept for Space:

– Create a clearly defined dining space that is also intimately linked to the kitchen and family room through architectural elements, resulting in an open concept floorplan with rooms that feel both spacious and distinctive.

-Incorporate a home automation system for enhanced lighting and sound when entertaining.

-Combine contemporary design elements with more rustic ones (ie. the dining room table).

-Design with durable fabrics that are easy to clean such as the indoor/outdoor fabrics found on the head chairs.


The dining table is custom oak and bronze, designed by Marie Flanigan.


Head Chairs: Slipcovered arm chairs on casters from Restoration Hardware – similar here.

Chair Fabric: Indoor/outdoor linen – Perennials.

Guest Chairs: French farm chairs with oak frame, metal X back and woven seat.

Flooring: 5” oak flooring with walnut stain.


The iron and antiqued oak chandelier is by Visual Comfort.

Bronze sconces with natural paper shades are from Circa Lighting.

Woven wood roman shades – Hunter Douglas – Woven Woods – Provenance.

Living Room

Key Design Concept for Space:

-Mixing the historic character and details of the home with a fresh, modern style

-Reinvigorate the space with a clean, refreshing color palette

-Create a family friendly space through the use of livable fabrics

-Combine antique and modern furnishings and accessories

-Maximize space and functionality in a historic home that boasts a smaller footprint (ie. ottoman has a huge drawer for toy storage)

-Marry luxury with livable so that the space feels elegant but cozy and durable.

Living Room Decor

White Chairs: Bernhardt, Delano Swivel Chair. Fabric: Printed Linen – Holly Hunt Great Plains, Sandstorm: White Gold 3219/03.

Sofa: Custom linen sofa from Lee Industries.

Console Table: Dovetail Furniture.

Coffee Table / Ottoman: Custom Storage Ottoman with real leather.

Tray on Leather Ottoman: Inlaid carved bone tray.

Plant in Corner: Fiddle leaf fig tree.

Wall Color

Flat Finish Paint Color: Benjamin Moore Athena 858, Flat.

Ottoman: A wooden base constructed out of oak with woven rush grass on top. Custom.

Drapery Fabric: Custom linen drapery – Schumacher, Gweneth Linen, White 64497 and Hyacinth, 50973.

Table between white chairs: Petrified wood side table.

Fabricated by: Rosemary Drapery.

Rug: Custom silk and viscose rug by Rosenfeld Carpet.

Floor Lamp: Antique gilded floor lamp by Circa Lighting.

Artwork & Lighting

Artwork (above the sofa): Covers of antique books framed in contemporary antique brass frames (frame finish is antique brass; the frames themselves are not antique).

Lighting: Custom, designed by Marie Flanigan Interiors.

Blue Chair: Custom oak framed chair. Fabric: Schumacher, Avery Cotton Plain, Indigo.

Side Tables (flanking the sofa): Marble nesting tables – Soni Marble Nesting Tables.

Lamps: Circa Lighting.


Key Design Concept for Space:

-Located directly off the entry, this room was designed to serve as a study or formal dining room with intricate wood detailing including paneled walls and a coffered ceiling.

-Play with bold yet traditional color palettes in a subtle way.


Desk: Custom made bookmarked oak and antique brass desk. Designed by Marie Flanigan.

Desk Chair: Pottery Barn Leather desk Chair with custom antique brass finish by MFI.

Bronze sconces with natural paper shades are from Circa Lighting.

Wall Color

Paint color is Benjamin Moore OC-17 White Dove – Flat.

Green Sling Chair: Sculptural bamboo folding campaign chair by MAI.

Rugs: Diamond pattern jute rug by Creative Carpet.

Brief Detail: Tumbling Water flat weave rug by Ralph Lauren Home (white, black, red and gold) – similar here.

Hanging Light Fixture: Morris Pendant.

Blue Drapery Fabric: Navy linen – Restoration Hardware pre-made panels.

Master Bedroom

Key Design Concept for Space:

-Desired a romantic, serene retreat.

-Utilized luxurious fabrics applied in simple yet elegant ways to create a subtle beauty within the space.

-Installed built-in bookshelves behind the sitting area columns because they are avid readers.

-Maintained our sense of history by including a very special dresser which was the first piece of furniture they owned as a newly married couple 10 years ago.

Dresser: Black lacquered dresser with antique brass pulls – Storehouse.

Paint Color

Soft grey paint color – Benjamin Moore Nimbus.

Rug: Antique Oushak charcoal and taupe rug (similar).

Bed, Bedding & Lamps

Bed is Aidan Gray – Linen Wingback Headboard .

Bedding: Custom coverlet, two large rectangular Euros, two picture framed charcoal sateen pillows.

Nightstands: Zinc metal clad night stands – Restoration Hardware.

Table Lamps: Antique French water jugs – Antique from France.

Lounge Area

Chaise lounge is Lee Industries in cream linen.

Lounger Fabric: Slubby Linen, Polar Cream.

Console: Dovetail -Wooden console with antiqued paint finish.

Table Lamps: Circa Lighting.

Master Bathroom

Key Design Concept for Space:

-Focus on increasing natural light and functionality. Added a window by the sink area next to a large walk-in shower to increase the light the space receives and maximized square footage by incorporating various forms of storage.

-Combined contemporary plumbing fixtures with craftsman-style woodwork to create a space that feels modern while remaining respectful to the home’s historic character.

Custom Cabinet

Stained cabinets add warmth to the clean white marble palette.


Wall Color: Nimbus by Benjamin Moore.

Cabinetry: Shaker style stained cabinets with an open shelving feature.

Countertop: Honed Carrara Marble with Ogee Edge.

Mirrors: Built in mirrors with craftsman woodworking details.

Sinks: Kohler Porcelain undermount sink.

Faucets: Moen.

Cabinetry Hardware: Top Knobs.

Sconces: Pottery Barn.


Many thanks to the designer for sharing the details above!

Interior Design: Marie Flanigan Interiors.

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Ultimate Guide to Bungalow Renovations

Bryan from the reno club bought this BUNGALOW with so much potential!

Renovating a bungalow? The potential that lies ahead with this style of property is insane – we’re so excited for you. There are many articles for bungalow renovations out there but none really show you a step by step of how to take your new property and manage the renovation from start to finish.

In this guide, Neil and I want to show you exactly how to renovate a bungalow, from working out your budgets, to layout and design – and giving you a brief history of your new home which will open the floodgates for renovation ideas.

Neil + I rolling our sleeves up in our renovation!

By the way, a big hello if you’re new here! We’re Fi & Neil and we set up this website after flipping one property and renovating another. We found there is such little support out there for renovators, so we’re changing that! We’re giving newbie renovators a leg up to prevent mistakes and achieve wow results! Be sure to check out our property renovation course to connect with other bungalow renovators and access a tried and tested framework to approach your reno.

What I’ll cover in this guide:

The one mistake to avoid – Don’t hire an architect TOO soon
Renovating a bungalow – A Brief History
Renovating a bungalow – What to look out for
Renovating a bungalow – Where to start
Budgeting for bungalow renovations
Layouts for your bungalow renovation
Designing your bungalow
Planning your bungalow renovation
Shopping for your bungalow renovation
The Build
Getting support with your renovation

Let’s kick this article off in style, much to our embarrassment, by looking at a mistake that cost us thousands of pounds when renovating our home. Believe me, you won’t want to miss this.

Renovating a bungalow – don’t make this mistake👇🏻

I know you’re super excited to jump head first into grand designs for your bungalow renovation, but take it from Neil and I, there’s some essential preparation you need to complete before hiring an architect.

This mistake cost us £3.5K!! Follow our advice below, and it could save you money you could put towards the build instead.

Back in 2016, we were newbie renovators just like you.

We got the keys and were a cocktail of emotions! Excited, nervous and overwhelmed by the fear of costs spiralling.

Looking back, we were so naive.

It’s taken hindsight, hands-on experience and my career change to become an interior designer to teach us ‘the right way’ to approach a renovation, and this was not it ❌

Neil and I originally had grand plans to build an extension – with a tight budget!

Like a moth to the flame, we instructed and paid an architect’s fees to draw the plans, but little did we know a few months later, we ripped up those plans that cost us £3,500 and went our own way with the layout instead.

Our naivety had us instructing an architect too soon.

But the last-minute decision to ditch our extension plans saved us nearly £80,000!

Truthfully? It’s such a common mistake. It’s why we’ve made it our mission to help UK renovators who are taking on renovations for the first time, start the right way and avoid expensive hiccups.

When you finish reading this step-by-step bungalow renovation guide, I recommend joining our renovation email series for more advice on budgeting and saving money (it’s completely free).

In the next section, I’m giving you a history lesson! No, not the boring kind. This history lesson will give you a grounding in bungalow designs through the ages. From stone age huts (just kidding) to 1970s red break beauties, we’ll cover them all and, crucially, how they can vastly affect your renovation plans.

Renovating a bungalow – a brief history


This style of house dates back to the 19th century, but a vast amount of UK bungalows were built post WW2 in the 1950s, and again in the 1970s.

The term “bungalow” actually originated in India referring to “bengal style houses” which were typically single-storey, small, detached with wide space around its perimeter.

John Taylor was the first British architect to build bungalows in Kent, UK where a passing journalist commented “they look like bungalow/bengal style houses” and the name stuck. Bungalows back then became associated with bohemianism and were built and bought by aspiring middle class looking for holiday homes. More recently, 1950s and 1970s bungalows were built in direct response to the need for fast, affordable housing post WW2.

Are bungalows a good renovation investment?

How bryan’s “Bungalow” looks now – AFTER!

Honestly? We couldn’t have phrased it better than Jo, one of our renovation student’s based in the South East who has just bought a bungalow renovation. She told us:

“We are a typical family looking to create a great family space that works for us all. Our type of bungalow renovation is one that is being done more and more (just look at the amount of Insta accounts with bungalows in them!) but still I need the inspiration and design ideas to ensure we get our perfect home. It’s all very daunting and having some guidance would really help and reassure us along the way :-)”

Jo joined our free guide to master her bungalow renovation planning and it helped her understand how to budget for her project and what the typical order of events will be.

Bungalows are pretty homes with fairly spacious plots. A lot of emphasis is on the gardens front and back, normally a garage/drive (or the space to add this) and sometimes the potential to add a second floor (loft space permitting).

Are they a good renovation investment?
Well, it depends on your use for the property i.e whether you’re renovating it to flip, to let, or if you’re renovating it as a spacious, long-term family home. If the latter, bungalows are future-proof with so much room to extend and add to the house as your needs change. Normally having no stairs, bungalow renovations are especially perfect for older renovators or anyone planning to live in the property long into retirement if you choose to keep it single storey.

What we will say is, bungalow renovations can be less “straight forward” than your average, say, Edwardian renovation, simply because the rooms and overall layout tend to be squeezed in to a smaller footprint and on one level. Bungalow renovators need to work that bit harder to establish a good sense of “flow” to their property, utilising the external walls and perimeter of the building, as well as skylights and Velux windows to bring in natural light, but once you get it right, wow are they amazing, spacious family homes.

The ceiling price on bungalows tends to be lower, so care will be needed in establishing top-end of budgets. That said, of all the British house styles, bungalows have significant transformation potential inside and out, and they make exciting renovation projects. Many homeowners choose to remodel the whole face of the building as well as the interiors, building a work of art!

In the next section – not before the obvious plug for my frankly awesome renovation course – I’ll talk about the pitfalls and perils of bungalow renovation and how to slip past them all, Indiana Jones style.

It’s Time to Master Your Bungalow Renovation

Need a helping hand with your bungalow renovation? We’re here to help you with our FREE email course: A Survivor’s Guide to Renovating.

A complete roadmap to help you navigate the world of bungalow renovations and empower you to create a stunning home.

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  • Expert design advice: Eliminate confusion as we guide you through planning, budgeting, and design for your bungalow makeover.

  • Money-saving tips: Discover secrets to avoid costly mistakes and optimise your investment in your bungalow renovation project.

  • Stress-free transformation: Master bungalow renovations, turning a potentially daunting experience into a smooth, enjoyable journey.

Don’t let the fear of tackling your bungalow renovation hold you back any longer.

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Renovating a bungalow – what to look out for

Bungalow renovation – Image: Bryan from our reno club community

No matter what style of house you renovate, all can inevitably expose some potential issues. On top of the usually things to look for when buying a house to renovate, there are some which are specific to renovating a bungalow…

  1. Condensation

    This can be an ongoing issue in some bungalows. With rooms often being small, and many people living in the property at once, condensation/vapour can find it difficult to escape and patches of mould on walls can occur which is fixable. Experts advise to heat the property through winter to tackle this. Read about how we solved our condensation problems for more info. If you’re renovating a bungalow and moving windows/airbricks, be sure to seek expert advice as you don’t want to encourage damp.

  2. Cowboy DIY work

    It’s fairly common to have to correct cowboy DIY jobs if you’re renovating a bungalow, where over the years in a bid to improve or split rooms to create more space for families, budget DIY work was the chosen route. You might find stud walls built to split rooms, not leaving any thought to fire escape routes, or the introduction of multiple doors not designed to support load bearing walls. A full structural survey will show you exactly what you’re renovating and the urgent fixes necessary to make the home safe.

  3. Roof/leaks

    A big plus of having your house on a single storey is how easy it is to access the roof. Often chimney stacks can leak, and lead flashings need replacing. Check roof tiles and unblock gutters to ensure rainwater is running effectively away from your property. It can be very difficult to inspect roof leaks internally as there can be limited loft space, so keep a good eye on the roof exterior as well as interior to spot leaks/damp issues as they arise.

The next section is what you’ve been waiting for. It’s the main event, where I’ll finally give you an inside look at where to start your renovation. But I warn you, you’ll be surprised where that “start” actually is.

How to renovate a bungalow – where to start?

We renovated our 1930s house developing a tried and tested approach that has now been shared and helped hundreds of other UK renovators working on all house styles from bungalow renovations to Victorian renovations to Edwardian renovations.

The step-by-step to renovate a house is the same no matter what style of home you’re renovating, and below is a brief overview of the steps.

If at all you feel overwhelmed by the sea of information and uncertainty tackling your bungalow renovation, then we urge you to take a look at our online renovation course and community which has helped hundreds of UK renovators budget well and get stunning results.


Get estimates for your bungalow renovation

hard at work costing up renovation projects in our own home!

The first place to start with your bungalow renovation, is getting clear on your finances. Deep research is needed to establish how much it will be to complete the project within your budget. Call around for quotes, send photographs to trades, and itemise every single cost you know will be associated with updating the building.

Two good rules to always consider at this stage is:

1) Budget any work flagged in your survey first to ensure the property is structurally sound – the most important part of renovating!

2) Set a contingency to cover you for unforeseen issues which inevitably arise (normally +10-20% of the overall project costs).

Our free Survivor’s Guide to Renovating email series is for you if you need help with costing up your project and you’re interested in understanding cost-saving tips we learned along the way.


Next, you’ll need to carefully plan the overall layouts and alterations you want to make to the bungalow

working on digital layout plans

It’s all about making informed decisions on how you want to change or adapt to the layout in your bungalow. Decide on any structural changes, lighting and electrical layouts, as well as how you’ll heat each room. Take time on all of this and really ‘sit on’ / ‘live with’ your ideas and decisions before committing to the investment in them.

One of the most common mistakes first time renovators make is not considering their overall layout (how they’ll use the space, where they’ll position the furniture) alongside their electrics plan. If they aren’t planned together, you risk a mediocre design, or having to undo plaster work – which nobody wants! Understanding the timeline of how a typical renovation works helps to prevent mistakes (we include a timeline on Day 3 of the Survivor’s Guide to Renovating and go into much more depth for the more committed renovators who join our renovation online course).

As mentioned earlier in this guide, you need to work a little harder to establish a good sense of flow in a bungalow as they need to achieve a sense of flow having all rooms on one floor.

Some renovators with a more flexible budget choose to work with an interior designer (projects between £50,000–£100,000) or an architect for the larger remodelling that may be required (£100,000+) but many of the house renovators we work with choose to plan layouts themselves first, with our support. You need to constantly think about what is required for a comfortable house that maximises space, light, warmth, so nothing is missed (something our exercises go into great detail on).


The exciting part – designing your bungalow. The colour schemes and overall interior style.

Bungalows are one of the most exciting house styles to design simply because there are no hard and fast rules you need to follow – such as reinstating period features, or having to work with tricky window styles such as angled bay windows.

When you’re considering the design for your bungalow, you’ll want to drill into what speaks to your personal style or the style of the people you intend to let/sell to and remain sympathetic to your house and its location. Opt for colours, materials, furniture and features that collectively create the look you want.

Many bungalow renovations go for modern design to lift the rooms from 50s or 70s back into the modern era but there’s no reason you can’t go for a country or eclectic look. It’s common to see renovators installing bifold doors, skylights and developing the front of their properties to increase natural light and improve kerb appeal.


Appoint the right contractors, architect and schedule the work

Me chatting with our contractor about reno plans

The next stage is to obtain estimates to compare contractors and appoint the right people for your build. Crucially, it’s at this stage you need to recognise whether the people you’re hiring have the skills required for the level of work you need them to do – and that you work together well.

Often, it’s about trying them out on small jobs first, getting reviews from their previous clients, and having good communication skills.

If you’re choosing to do a full remodel of your bungalow, to knock down and replan the internal walls and redo the face of the property then seriously consider an architect to help you make the most of the property and your budget, many will be able to recommend building firms to you.

We have a Planning module dedicated to managing timelines, appointing the right tradesmen and how to make your best judgement in our How to Renovate a House Online Course and we’ve found that our community – the Reno Club, a group of tight knit renovators helping renovators – are always there to lend advice. It’s been such a safe space to ask for help.


With the layout and design all planned, next you’ll need to research suppliers and arrange delivery for the items you need

renovation shopping – you’ll either love it or hate it!

This stage of a renovation is by far the most underestimated. Anyone who has previously renovated or decorated a property will tell you, it takes a long time to research and source the right items for your property.

From internal doors, to flooring and tiles, getting the right look at the right price is hard. It can pay to hire an interior designer who knows the industry and can access trade discounts for you. Alternatively, engaging with other bungalow renovators on instagram accounts, our community (the Reno Club) and blogs can help to give you supplier ideas. As an interior designer, Fi’s advice is to try not to copy other homes and work out what look really makes you and your family happy – that’s how you’ll end up with a unique, personal home. Obtaining the best items from rated suppliers is an area we’re working with our students on, and have exclusive discounts to top suppliers they can access, so if you’re interested in this, consider signing up.


Finally, work commences and you’re able to start watching your vision become a reality

While it is an exciting time watching the work start to take place, the secret to its success is all in the planning (the steps above). Managing the dust, the decision-making, the fear of things going wrong, and the finances is all made easier if you’ve meticulously planned every last job and item you need.

4 in 10 renovators can go over budget on their renovation, normally down to a lack of planning. So we encourage you to get the help you need to renovate your bungalow, and there is no doubt it will save you time, money and give you an excellent overall finish.

Wow, that was a lot of bungalow renovation revelations crammed into one space. If you’re not revving your engine and ready to renovate after that, I think you’re reading the wrong website! Before you shoot off to do your thing, I’ve got a trio of cash-saving tips to tempt you with.

3 tips to make the most of your bungalow renovation

Tip 1 – Consider renovating the loft space

Most UK bungalows have large pitched loft spaces which can make for a fantastic roof dormer of loft conversion. This work can make for a perfect addition to make the most of your renovation.  

Tip 2 – Create an open-plan layout

Bungalows have the benefit from an ease on fire safety requirements due to the ease of escape on a ground floor. This can make knocking through walls and opening up rooms much easier. 

This can provide more light and value to your renovation by creating modern open-plan layouts for rooms such as the kitchen, living and dining spaces. 

Tip 3 – Expose a vaulted ceiling

If a loft conversion doesn’t take your fancy, why not create a high ceiling? By opening the ceiling up to the pitch of the roof, your bungalow renovation can bring a grand, spacious feel to your home. 

Now that we’ve reached the end of this beast of a bungalow article, we’d like to offer you more support on your renovation road trip. Take a look below to get a taste of what I mean.

We’d like to support you!

We’re passionate about helping you learn the renovation ropes so you can turn your dilapidated dwelling into a jaw-dropping, Grand Designs-worthy home that’ll have your nabours scrambling to “keep up with the Joneses.

Is that something you’d like to make happen? We can help you:

  • With our FREE email series, A Survivor’s Guide to Renovating. I did say it’s FREE, right? Plus, it’ll save you money and your sanity. ‘Nuf said, really. Sign me up!

  • With our How to Renovate a House Online Course. This is probably – I admit, I am biased – the best home renovation course on earth right now.

  • Get 1-on-1 interior design support. Fancy a more personal touch? Who doesn’t, right? Get in touch today, and let’s get your renovation out of the mud and rolling forward!

Happy renovating!

Fifi & Neil

Bungalow style apartment interior design

Your home says more about you than you do. That is why the world of design styles is so diverse, in which everyone wants to find the one closest to themselves. Modern design solutions from the high-tech style series are gradually losing their appeal, and classical trends are returning to replace them. One of these areas is the bungalow style. Originating in the 18th century, it has become widespread throughout the world, having evolved from African coasts to Southern California, acquiring more and more shades along the way in the eyes of revolutionary designers.

Bungalow style allows you to express your desire to join nature. Not many townspeople decide to create an African corner from their apartment, but those who have taken such a step do not regret at all. Bungalow is, first of all, a play of colors. Traditional colors of the black continent. It is a yellow color associated with desert sand. The color of the tree is the color of palm trees, coconut trees and leaves.

One of the characteristic features of this style, or rather the concrete pillar on which the whole concept is built, is simplicity. The simplicity of the interior. Starting to transform your apartment into a bungalow, start by freeing it from unnecessary trifles that are not combined with simplicity and rustic foundations.

Pos. Of course, you should not create it from logs, but stylizing it for this material is quite acceptable. The walls are rather monochromatic and expressed in the color of Africa. In a full-fledged bungalow style, such exceptions as plastic windows or 21st century interior items are not allowed.

The furniture used is simple, even better than the rough finish, this will evoke the best possible association of the 18th century. And again, simplicity will become the main assistant when choosing this element of the apartment.

Tired of flat corners and traditional finishes for urban dwellings, this approach to arranging a place to live will radically change not only your square meters, but also your attitude to the world will change, it will be visible to you from the other side, the side of Africa, which is correct Europe sometimes envies everything.
A positive solution would be to use animal skins to give your apartment more realism in the chosen theme. The skin of a zebra or tiger will conceptually fit into the new unusual design. A design that in an apartment of a multi-storey building will cause a considerable storm of emotions among those entering the “hut” for the first time.

Textiles should also be changed. Curtains and curtains of this style consist of dense heavy fabric, roughly made. Bed linen can combine drawings of the hot continent.

Images of animals or desert dunes, impenetrable jungle on the walls – all this will visualize a complete picture.

Close to the style will be a rather low bed, creating the effect of a bed on the floor, which is the maximum manifestation of simplicity.

Particular attention should be paid to the kitchen. Earthenware: cups, plates stylized in this direction. All these little things bring you closer to the final chord of this undertaking.
The presence of decorative flowers and plants that prevail in the native region of our future style can complete the picture. Bamboo elements also will not be superfluous.

Ceiling. Dark stylized as a log, it will allow you to rest your eyes and at the same time complement the picture of the whole design. In the case of high apartment ceilings, it is also possible to finish with natural wood, which will visually create the effect of the roof of a one-story building.
The overall color range can be selected in both lighter and darker shades. Everything will depend on the preferences of the owner.

The solution of redevelopment of ceilings can radically bring it closer to the original. One of the features of the bungalow style is the placement in the center of the main room, around which all the others are located along the perimeter. If the square allows you to embody this idea, then the concept of an apartment will cease to exist for you, transforming into an African building of the eighteenth century – a bungalow.

Of course, you can’t get away from the elements of the 21st century: modern technology and machines. However, conceptual thought was not aimed at rejecting the benefits provided by civilization. The whole essence of the idea is only to allow your soul, remaining locked in the awareness of the information millennium, to find a small island of solitude and detachment, which once may have looked completely ordinary, and did not evoke emotions among the people who contributed to the development of world culture and design trends.

Bungalow style in the interior > 3 photo-ideas – features of planning, decoration, furniture and decor in the bungalow style

“Bungalow” is a very interesting interior style, because it combines several seemingly incompatible features.


  • Where did the style come from and who is it for?
  • Features of the layout
  • Finish
  • Furniture
  • Decor

Where did the style come from and who is it for?

Originated in India at the end of the 19th century, it became especially widespread in America at the beginning of the 20th century, and it remains relevant in our time, having gained popularity in many countries. Being initially just an adaptation of the Indian dwelling to the life of the English colonists, today the “bungalow” can be safely called one of the most successful incarnations of a comfortable and cozy interior.

Created for small houses, this style gives a feeling of spaciousness and fits well into apartments and large cottages.

“Bungalow” is well recognizable and easy to create with a minimum of rules and requirements for the interior. Most importantly, a lot of natural materials were used, it was spacious enough and very comfortable.

Planning features

The bungalow style fits especially well in rooms with large windows and low ceilings.

  • The large living room, which is the center of the whole house, is located just outside the front door, there is no hall or corridor.
  • In front of the entrance to the “bungalow” house there is often a large veranda with seating areas.
  • In an apartment, a balcony can be turned into such a kind of veranda.
  • Small bedrooms and other rooms are concentrated around the living room.
  • The center of the living room, in turn, is a large fireplace, in front of which it is convenient for all households to gather and enjoy communication under the soothing crackle of burning logs.
  • The location of the fireplace between the windows is characteristic.

Almost never houses and apartments in the style of “bungalow” are two-story, as it is a style of horizontally oriented space. True, there are exceptions, but in this case the stairs must be disguised as much as possible – for a “bungalow” they are completely uncharacteristic.

The kitchen or kitchen area is small, there is no dining room as such, there is only a small area with a compact dining table.


One of the most characteristic features is a lot of wood:

  • parquet floors,
  • clapboard walls,
  • The exposed wooden beams of the walls and ceiling or the log-decorated ceiling fit perfectly into the style of the bungalow.

Walls, in addition to wood finishing, can be covered with wallpaper, painted in one tone or using stencils, covered with plaster or fabric. But it is important that they do not draw all the attention to themselves. It is permissible to use stone and brick, in the design of a fireplace, for example.

The stone floor will not look alien either, although in living rooms it will be more comfortable if a carpet is laid on the floor. Oriental carpets and carpets of natural, not flashy colors are well suited to this style.

The color scheme of the style is natural. All shades of wood, greenery, water, sand, stone. The combination of light tones in the house looks beautiful, bringing lightness to the interior, and dark ones, giving it solidity and warmth.


Light, compact, highly functional: built-in wardrobes, benches on window sills, folding beds, shelving serving as room dividers. There should be plenty of free space.