Velvet sofas and opulent curtains: the Sunaks’ makeover of No 10 flat revealed

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Rishi Sunak and his wife, Akshata Murty, undertook a makeover of the No 10 level with opulent curtains and velvet sofas successful jewel colours astatine their ain expense, according to a caller illustration of the mates successful the nine mag Tatler.

John Challis, the upholsterer down the transformation, told the mag that the redesign got escaped of the “very tired” decor mostly installed for the household of erstwhile chancellor George Osborne.

But successful opposition to Sunak’s predecessor, Boris Johnson, the refurbishment was carried retired astatine the premier minister’s ain expense.

Johnson was subject to an investigation implicit the backing of the refit of his level successful No 11 Downing Street portion successful office, which was paid for by a affluent Tory donor, Lord Brownlow. Johnson aboriginal repaid the outgo of the £112,000 project, which was carried retired by decorator Lulu Lytle.

The Sunaks employed the upholsterer John Challis from Richmond, the PM’s North Yorkshire constituency, who told Tatler what his enactment for No 10 involved: “We made long, afloat interlined curtains for each 5 windows overlooking the garden, hand-pleated and held backmost with dense coordinating tassels successful red, golden and the ivory of the damask.

Akshata Murty connected  the Tatler February screen
Akshata Murty connected the Tatler February cover. Photograph: Tatler

“The ornate cornicing was hand-gilded, arsenic it would person been originally, and a rug was commissioned to astir capable the room. Akshata was precise progressive and keen to spot however things are made. She is besides not acrophobic of getting stuck successful and helping, either,” helium said.

Challis besides described “window seats successful astir of the rooms successful a complementary colour. Most of the sofas were velvet, successful jewel colours, and the cushions besides became a enactment of art.”

He described the erstwhile decor arsenic “all precise tired” and said that successful examination it had “far little glitz” than the Lytle makeover of No 11.

The afloat illustration of Murty is owed to look successful the February contented of Tatler from 5 January.