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THINK the colour scheme works particularly well to give a formal sophistication to this room without looking stuffy or staid. We used Farrow & Ball’s Mouse’s Back for the newly introduced woodwork because it is a softer brownfawn colour than many browns on the market. Excellent depth of pigment helped the woodwork to take on an authentic look – an important detail in a period setting.

Pops of jewel-like colour are introduced through the turquoise in the palette; the natural silk curtains and floral motif of Cole and Son’s marvellous flock wallpaper – Roseberry. It appears on two walls only in the room so that it doesn’t overpower the other features and leads the eyes towards the framed French doors. Made using traditional methods, the quality of this paper is top grade and adds texture and an acoustic softening so that the space is perceived as being warm and comfortable. We designed proportioned architraves and skirting to frame the room and bring out the window features. The window seat is a good example of how built-in joinery can make the most of an asset like the bay window. Hiding a radiator below, the upholstered cushioned seat has a deep-buttoned backtached under the sill. Scatter cushions break up the formality.

The parquet oak flooring was laid instead of the existing carpet to restore the sense of history in the building. Parquet is a fabulous way to introduce pattern and a sense of period architecture. The herringbone style of laid blocks hints at Edwardian England, creates movement for the eye and, like any wooden floor, adds a feeling of spaciousness. We used a sumptuous rug near the sofa to make it soft and inviting underfoot while seated.

Using a specialist supplier, Hayles & Howe of Bristol, the new ornamental plaster cornice has a simple Deco stepped pattern echoing the architraves and skirting we created throughout the house to unite the rooms. This sort of attention to detail makes it easy for the eye to assimilate proportions and depths and so, without realising it, we feel at ease in a coherent space. We generated many scaled drawings to instruct the builder and installers on how to go about achieving this look. A significant factor was moving the door to a different part of the room so that the entrance allowed for a better furniture lay-out. It vital to plan ahead before starting any project to get the best possible design options.

Finally, the sofa fulfils that great Bristolian description “lush”, with its bamboo and silk velvety upholstery covering even the legs of this snooze styled seating. We chose contrasting piping for the over-stuffed cushions so the formality and precision of detail was maintained but in an invitingly relaxed way. The side chair has a complementary fawn-toned fabric but a small footprint to bridge the gap between window seat and sofa effortlessly. Lit from above and to the sides with dramatic retro fittings, this living room ensemble is one of my faves.

Contact Gill on 0117 927 9475, or gill@goodchildinteriors.net. Visit www. goodchildinteriors. net.