A 19th-century country house in Devon. It features a living room, dining room, kitchen, utility room, home office, garden room, three bedrooms (all en suite). The owners enlisted the advice from an interior designer, who suggested a lovely gold-and-ivory scheme to make the most of the natural light. They were happy to inherit most of the things the last owner left behind, including a fully functional Aga.
To keep this space as relaxing as possible there is no TV, just books, magazines and a comfy sofa, upholstered in a zingy yellow fabric. All the original beams have been kept intact for an authentic feel that is in keeping with this period property.
Sofa, chaise and curtain fabric
The living room is so cosy, particulary in the winter, and the double woodburner, which came with the house, throws out so much heat. Pink check fabric on the sofa adds a welcome pop of colour. Use colour to bring the scheme from winter to summer in an instant.
In a brick alcove in a country kitchen, you can’t really beat a sleek navy blue range cooker for real rustic appeal. If your alcoves can’t accommodate a cabinet, open shelves are a practical way to still make use of the space. Choose open shelving rather than cupboards in a small kitchen to keep the area looking open and airy.
Make an impact in your dining room with a burnt orange wall. Reflect the style and colour of your room in your choice of table and chairs – here the mahogany around the fireplace continues in the dining set. No spare room? Then use a corner of your dining room for your home office. Traditionally, an office keeps you shut away from the rest of the house, but these days, social and work lives are more closely entwined.
Similar table and chairs
Wallpaper can work wonders. If youre after something bold and dramatic, try a large-scale print. Select furniture and accessories in a neutral palette for a cohesive look that wont take the shine away from the wallpaper.
For a traditional bathroom look, go for an all-white colour scheme and a simple bathroom suite. This space feels fresh and bright thanks to the white scheme and reflective surfaces. Oversized tiles are a great way to make a smaller room appear larger.
Look out for slimline and short-length baths designed for tiny spaces.
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