Interior Design Project - Country House Refurbishment

The Brief: Our clients wanted a calm, stylish formal drawing room with a contemporary influence, and a light and interesting entrance hall for a busy family home. It had to be relatively practical but tasteful, elegant and luxurious.

Work Completed: The drawing room retains some delightful period features, with classic fireplace, decorative cornice, original Georgian sash windows and shutters. We installed American dark walnut flooring to provide a rich and warm background for a cool blue-grey colour scheme. A new lighting scheme highlights the classical features of the room and creates a relaxing and cosy atmosphere. The Arctic Pear drop chandeliers by Ochre are understated yet opulent, and gently reflected in the large antiqued glass mirrors. The sofas were chosen for their classic shape and are complemented by small button back chairs in aubergine velvet. We used natural fabrics throughout, softly draped linens, wool paisley and cotton velvet. The glass and perspex coffee table was selected as a contemporary contrast, allowing an uninterrupted view of the beautiful Starflower wool and silk rug, which was designed by Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby and woven in bespoke colours. The TV cabinet with remote-operated hoist was designed and custom-made by us as a striking contemporary contrast, with a walnut frame and white lacquered doors. The result is a light and pretty drawing room.

The entrance hall is relatively narrow for the scale of house, with very little natural light. We laid aged limestone flagstones, in random lengths and laid so as to visually enlarge the space. A classically styled console table provides a focal point, and also a welcome source of light as the large lamps are reflected in an antiqued glass panelled mirror. The result is a light and welcoming space, with its important original features intact.