When the owners of this beautiful Norfolk house first set eyes on it, their hearts were captured. They hadn’t originally considered this village on their property search, but they soon changed their minds when they saw the large red brick and flint, turn-of-the-century property and its views of rolling fields and three nearby churches.
The house was in good structural condition and the couple liked the layout so all that was needed was a cosmetic update. However, deciding how to decorate the house was not totally straightforward. ‘I love colour and have colourful clothes, but I’m a rather nervous decorator,’ says the owner. To make the process a bit easier, the owner enlisted the help of an interior designer having seen his work at a friend’s house.
The result is a playful decorating scheme that includes emerald green, fuchsia pink, cobalt blue as well as more delicate pastel shades.
This house originally appeared in Homes & Gardens, December 2016
In the middle of this understated entrance hall decorated with neutral colours sits a Gothic-style side table that lends the space a touch of drama. A pale blue colour scheme and double glazed doors opening on to the sitting room keep the space looking light and bright.
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This eye-catching scheme was designed to bring a contemporary twist to a traditional home. The wallpaper has the look of panelling, and is a clever nod to traditional country-house design. 'I wanted the room to be jolly, a bit funky and right for a young family,' says the designer.
Artificial Christmas tree
A pair of green velvet armchairs is a bold design choice and they bring a fun element to the room. Smart red trimming added to cream linen curtains is a budget-friendly way to create a luxurious look. 'This room has the potential to be quite dark,' says the owner. 'But with the pale wallpaper and jewel colours, it feels light as well as cosy.'
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The rich blue effect used on the ceiling is in bold contrast to the warm tones of the traditional wood panelling and long dining table. 'The table used to be in our other house, but it was really too big there so it's nice to finally find the right space for it,' says the owner.
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This attractive collection of blue-and-white ceramics neatly echoes the look of the dining chairs. 'The interior designer showed me that small items make the place feel homely and fun to live in,' says the owner.
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Lovers of Blue and White
'We had very few specific requests when renovating the house,' says the owner, 'but we did want a round table which is very convivial when you have guests.' The unfinished wood is tempered by the industrial vibe of the oversized clock and chandelier.
The same shade of grey helps to unify the kitchen and breakfast room, and is livened up with russet coloured accents in the chairs and worktop. That and the chatter and laughter of all the guests they'll be entertaining in their newly updated family home.
Leather and metal chairs
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