An historic manor house in Devon is offering a masterclass in how to use bold colors in an effective yet elegant way.
The home, called Elderwood Manor, was built in 1837 as part of the Church of England’s estate, and has a history of housing education and music. It sits within three acres of glorious grounds with croquet and bowls lawns, as well as a secret garden and wildflower meadow.
Sympathetic to the house's history through every aspect of the restoration, vaulted ceilings, original 19th century tile floors and enormous windows were carefully considered within its new contemporary guise to offer pure indulgence, while a nature-inspired colour palette invites serenity and peace.
The seven bedrooms are all decorated differently, offering a range of brilliant bedroom ideas for your next makeover.
Get inspired with these top color tricks from the beautiful home below...
1. Paint the woodwork in the hall for an elegant entryway
The rich, deep teal in this hallway makes a beautiful contrast to the bright white walls and ceilings, and adds depth and dimension, along with the patterned tiles.
The bright pink lamp also adds visual interest, and and you can never go wrong with a styled console.
2. Use colorful furnishings in an otherwise neutral living room
White living room ideas definitely don't have to be boring. Try using bold-hued furnishings in complementary yet contrasting colors for a visually interesting yet curated look.
Adding a soft hue on the fifth wall (the ceiling) also offers a cozy finish.
3. Paint your kitchen cabinets a bold hue
Keeping your walls neutral and painting your cabinets a chic hue is a top kitchen idea.
We love this deep sapphire blue paired with the white walls and green oven. A rustic wooden kitchen island, oversized rattan pendant and vintage art provide extra character and warmth.
4. Use different hues to make each bedroom unique
This home boasts seven rooms, so great bedroom ideas are in abundance. Most of the rooms have cozy patterned rugs and statement lampshades in common, but different colors are used to create unique aesthetics. There's botanical art or wallpaper, rich merlot reds, sky blues, bright orange headboards, and elegant pink quilts.
5. Pair rich hues with heritage checks
Checkerboard floors can bring a real sense of authenticity and refinement to a period property.
They're seen throughout this home paired with bold hues, and we love how this deep red freestanding bath adds drama to the space.
6. Go monochromatic for a style statement
Paint the walls and the woodwork the same strong shade for talking-point decor that's also snug and stylish.
The interior design tip works wonders with bold blue in the library, perfectly paired with a striped accent chair.
It's also seen to great effect in one of the bathrooms, where the teal green is even seen on the tiles in the shower, as well as on the walls and door.
Elderwood Manor is available to rent for holidays via Unique Homestays (opens in new tab).
Ruth Doherty is an experienced digital writer and editor specializing in interiors, travel and lifestyle. With 20 years of writing for national sites under her belt, she’s worked for the likes of Livingetc.com, Standard, Ideal Home, Stylist and Marie Claire as well as Homes & Gardens.
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