Presenting: New look for old police station renovation


The Richard Grafton team was delighted when an existing client asked for help with the interior of a new apartment that was situated within an old police station building in Harrogate, North Yorkshire. Having worked closely with the couple on the interior design of their Georgian Farmhouse, Richard already had a natural rapport with them and knew what they liked when it came to interior style. Their beautiful rural property was traditional, classic and elegant, featuring stunning high ceilings, grand chandeliers and period features.

With this property, however they were looking for something different, a change of lifestyle and a move away from the grandeur of their Georgian home. The apartment was to be a town ‘pad’ that they would lock up and leave during the week so they were looking for a complete refurbishment, including every room, so that they could enjoy it from the moment they walked through the door.

The RGI team worked closely with the client to design a full interior scheme for the apartment that incorporated the original features of this fabulous conversion. The contemporary palette of greys, mushrooms and taupes created a relaxed and serene ambiance and the contemporary furniture gave them the alternative style that they were looking to achieve. This was a radical move from the look adopted in their farmhouse home.

The old police station has been sympathetically renovated to retain much of its original character, including the beautiful arched windows which we brought to life with bespoke white shutters. Beautiful upholstery incorporating fabric from brands such as GP & J Baker and Manuel Canovas introduced colour and texture into this classic contemporary scheme with beautiful and timeless pieces from fine furniture brand Jonathan Charles.


Richard Grafton explains: “We wanted to create something completely different for the owners of this property for what was to be their second town based home. The overall finish is modern and fresh with touches of luxe, a design that complements the character of this fabulous renovation. It’s exciting to work with clients on different properties especially when they are looking for something completely different to what they are used to. Enabling them to adopt a new lifestyle in the process is an added bonus as we know that they are going to enjoy their new space for years to come.”


If you are looking for ways to introduce a new look in to your interior scheme get in touch or pop along to our Harrogate, Ilkley or soon Wetherby showroom, we’d love to hear your ideas.