Sims Hilditch, Cotswold Manor HouseCountry Entrance, Gloucestershire
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It can soften the edgesConsider the surfaces adjacent to your matching walls and woodwork too. In this country manor house in the Cotswolds, the brown tones in the paintwork (it’s Fine Mahogany by Neptune) echo the colours in the flagstones, wicker baskets, logs and rugged front door, building a relaxed feel in this elegant but unfussy hallway. So before you get your brush out, look at the surfaces next to and surrounding the woodwork you’re planning to paint. Take a sample of it, if possible, to a DIY shop that offers colour matching and then go a few shades lighter or darker. Want to explore this country home? Take a look around it
‘I really wanted this space to have atmosphere,’ Emma says, in reference to the rich brown wall colour she chose for the entrance hall. To keep continuity throughout the home, she pulled the colour into some of the upholstery in the sitting and drawing rooms. The country feel really comes out as soon as you step through the (original) front door, with wicker baskets brimming with logs for the numerous fires in the home. Log baskets, Neptune. Light, Vaughan. Walls painted in Fine Mahogany, Neptune.
Go for one colour A single colour used on walls and woodwork creates a strong, unfussy look: this beautiful washed amethyst hue is calm and composed. The all-over shade makes the hallway appear larger than it is, as there are no contrasting skirting boards to break up the planes of colour.