Last week I shared a cottage in Norfolk that was stunning for its simplicity. This week’s offering is a slightly grander affair. Sutton Hall is a sprawling red brick home in Norfolk with a conservatory to die for. See how my wish list keeps on growing? It may be a location house and as such is not overly furnished, but there are still lessons we can take away when decorating our own homes.
Take a look
- You can and should mix periods and looks in one room. Here a mid-century dining table and chairs sit happily beneath an antique chandelier. While a thirties filled lampshade adds interest to the mix and does not look out of place.
2. Seemingly random objects can make a feature of an empty corner. Here a few salvaged pieces look quite at home against a bare brick wall, while the new lampshade adds a modern touch that brings it up to date.
3. You can add antiqes to a fitted kitchen. In fact you should if the house is a period house. The wooden wall cabinet and object d’art scattered around add personality, not to mention they are great props for visiting stylists and photographers.
4. Miss-matched chairs are okay. They add an informality to the dining table and the added advantage that they can be picked up and added to over the years.
5. A bit of patina adds charm and flowers don’t have to be in formal arrangements.
6. A strong colour scheme can pull an eclectic mix of furniture and accessories together.
7. Carpet is not the only way to decorate your staircase but always leave the handrail in it’s original polished state. Note too the anaglypta wallpaper below the dado rail. It was originally designed to repel knocks and scuffs and is just as practical today as it’s ever been.
8. Even if you are treating each room differently, a common thread of colour will pull it all together. This home has wallpaper in some rooms, paint in others and bare brick too, but the grey, green and blue colours that are used are all quite strong and of similar tones.
9. Unpainted wood will always warm up a room and there should be an element of it in every room you decorate. Whether it’s on the floor, on the doors or a piece of furniture.
10. A well dressed bed always screams comfort.
11. Light fixtures are important! Every room in this home has some kind of statement lighting. Sometimes it’s all a room needs.
12. Period homes look best with traditional style bathrooms but don’t be afraid to add some bold wallpaper and a touch of luxury.
Sutton Hall is available for photographic shoots via Light Locations.