Houzz Tour: Colour and Texture Transform a Once All-white Home
The surrounding rural landscape provides the inspiration for the materials, wallpapers and fabrics in this Suffolk house
“The owners wanted to bring in a bit of life and colour, but nothing crazy,” Natasha says. “The surrounding landscape was the obvious inspiration – wherever you look, you see rolling countryside. We drew on those views and brought in different textures and tactile surfaces, including copper, rattan, sisal and raffia, with colours, wallpaper and a mural in the main bedroom that reflect the river and trees beyond.”
Who lives here? A professional couple
Location Near Wickham Market, Suffolk
Property A detached house
Size Four bedrooms (one converted into an office) and three bathrooms
Project year 2022
Designer Natasha Burton of NB Interiors
Photos by Jemma Watts Photography
The ground floor of the house is largely an open-plan kitchen, dining room and living room, plus there’s an office space, the main bedroom and one guest bedroom on this level.
“It’s a very open space downstairs,” Natasha says, “so we worked to create zones while also thinking about how it all flows together.”
The green tone of the kitchen cabinetry is picked out on the upholstery on the love seat in the living room, but Natasha then worked in different textures and finishes in here, such as raffia and sisal, to make it feel more cosy. “It was about linking the colour, but adding a bit more depth in the living space,” she says.
The wooden curtain pole here and in the dining room bay window were hard to source. “I kept being told, you can’t make a wooden pole to fit the curve,” Natasha says, “but I’d seen it done somewhere, and I knew metal wouldn’t look right.”
Natasha eventually found a company that could make curved wooden poles. “They look great,” she says, “but it was quite nail-biting fitting them, as they weren’t cheap!”
Curtain pole, Byron & Byron.
“The owner was quite keen to get rid of it, but it really worked in the space, because it’s quite low and doesn’t obstruct the view,” Natasha says. “You don’t have to scrap everything and start again. Existing pieces can work if you move them to another spot or from room to room.”
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“The whole understairs piece is painted the same colour as the walls,” Natasha says. “I didn’t want it to be a main feature; there’s already quite a bit happening with the living room and kitchen.”
Walls and joinery painted in Elephant’s Breath, Farrow & Ball.
“The owner loves copper as a metal finish, so we worked that in with a custom-made copper gilded worktop on the island and new copper sink, handles and electrical sockets.”
Units painted in Bancha, Farrow & Ball. Knurl 15mm pull handles, The Hairpin Leg Co.
She adds that the homeowner was really engaged in the design process. “When I uploaded details to the room boards, she would look at them and leave comments. She enjoyed how collaborative it was and felt very involved with the project,” says Natasha, who uses Houzz Pro software for her designs.
“The owners had a rectangular table before, but it felt really awkward in the space,” she says. “We looked at different shapes, but I stressed that, as it’s a round bay window, you naturally want a round table. It’s just going to fit better.”
Table, La Redoute. Green wall painted in Bancha, Farrow & Ball.
She picked a warm green. “One of the owners was really concerned it might make the space feel dark. Now he’s amazed at how much brighter it looks while also being cosy.”
Walls painted in Park Life, Coat Paints. Wall lights, Spark & Bell.
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Again, the outdoors was the inspiration for the leafy blind fabric.
Broad Stripe wallpaper, Farrow & Ball. Blind in Avar Bracken velvet in Green, Woodchip & Magnolia.
The bold wallpaper was originally Natasha’s suggestion for the blinds, but the owner loved it so much it’s now a feature wall. “It’s made the room really nice and bright,” she says. “It had been plain white before.”
Walls in Churlish Green, Farrow & Ball. Hikkaduwa wallpaper, Scion.
Instead, she found copper clothes rails and added wicker baskets in the eaves for storage.
Copper clothes rail, Etsy.
Walls painted in Detox, Coat Paints.
Storage painted in Nether Red, Little Greene.
It’s an example of the beautiful bespoke joinery fitted throughout the house during the project, which took roughly nine months. “The owners lived there throughout, so didn’t notice it evolving,” Natasha says, “but it’s nice when they have friends and family to stay and can see their reaction, and how delighted they are with the transformation. They are really thrilled with how it’s turned out.”
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