English Country House Project, Dorset

A stylish, functional and comfortable design that incorporated the clients existing furnishings and artefacts, collected together over many decades of travelling, was delivered.

Describing themselves as ‘colour lovers’, they wanted to go outside of their comfort zone and use rich hues where possible to showcase the new layouts.

‘English country house’ design style

Cottage style bungalow in a semi-rural area of Dorset. I decided on English country house as the overall look as it’s an interior style best built around objects and furniture accumulated slowly over time. This creates the necessary authentic feel and traditional country look that defines it, and for this reason English country was the perfect choice.

Colour palette

Colours used for this style are often drawn from nature and can range from warm whites, soft greens and yellows, faded pinks, and watery blues and greys through to bold, vibrant versions of these hues.

I drew all of the paint shades from the Farrow and Ball range.  As you can see in the last image above of the paint palette, I used a collection of rich tones that harmonised as a whole and blended well with the surrounding green environment, as well as reflected their day-to-day living there. As Farrow and Ball was founded in Dorset, this tied in nicely as a connection to their area.

Colours from left to right:

Wimborne White | Dimity | Setting Plaster | Smoked Trout | Ball Green | Castle Gray | Red Earth | India Yellow | Inchyra Blue | Oval Blue | Pigeon

I used the many indoor plants and views from the windows of the trees and vegetation etc., as the green element in the scheme. To avoid any feeling of ‘stagnation’ or tiredness, I chose to balance this lovely green out with shades of other colours apart from the hallway which was done in Ball Green, as an extension from walking in from the green outside.

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Project Size:
Living | Dining | Kitchen | Garden Room | Bedrooms | Hallway | Bathroom

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