A Manse within the rolling Hills of the Scottish Borders – Mad About The Home

To Scotland this week. It’s some time since we’ve been and albeit while you take a look at this view who wouldn’t fancy a bit of journey up there? And whereas I respect you can have an excessive amount of climate, the colors below this moody sky are quite fabulous. It’s additionally a direct distinction to final week which went down like a multi-coloured balloon as I half suspected it’d.

Which supplies me a degree to ponder. Firstly it was beautiful to see a home in Scotland that wasn’t chock filled with tartan. Secondly, how a lot of an affect ought to your setting be in your decor? You will notice this home is stuffed with pale yellows and muted blues and greens that echo the panorama and it really works fantastically. However I reside in a metropolis and I’m not going to color my home in 50 shades of gray. I imply I did in 2012 and my new home is about 27 shades of gray however I’m a hotter palette now.

And whereas the muted muddy shades of Farrow & Ball and Paint & Paper Library work so properly in our rain-washed local weather, there’s additionally the concept that utilizing brilliant colors inside will cheer up these uninteresting gray skies exterior. And certainly we don’t have to stay to English roses, and Scottish thistles simply because we reside in Britain when there are such a lot of tropical botanical prints round.

I don’t have the reply – it is going to be one in all stability in fact, but it surely struck me forcibly with this home as there is no such thing as a clashing tartan however as a substitute the within so fantastically mirrors the panorama the home sits in and the colors inside draw your eye to the home windows and the view exterior.

This kitchen is a working example. We don’t see many blue kitchens about and but, on this pale blue it’s positively a cheerful color with out being, for me not less than, too brilliant. Thoughts you, the digital content material creator and influencer Lucy Williams, used precisely this mixture of blue and darkish wooden in her personal, lately completed kitchen, mixing it with a darker shade in the remainder of her home to remind her of the skies of her favorite Greek islands. In order that’s one other level – clearly your decor ought to make you cheerful and if a brightly colored palette reminds you of holidays and comfortable instances while you reside in a chilly, gray metropolis, then that needs to be your scheme.

There’s only a trace of that blue within the fringing of those curtains. And there’s one other level to notice. Style is cyclical and these pelmets and swags are coming again. Two years in the past I checked out them with horror. Now I discover I’m considering curtains in my new bedrooms and never solely that however they could be plain curtains with a fringe alongside the sting. I haven’t reached pelmets but however I’m not ruling something out.

However pelmets don’t must be frilly. I believe these mounted ones are elegant and conceal any fixtures and fittings. Extra of that pale blue once more, and you may see how properly it really works with vintage wooden. Earlier than we go away curtains – if you need full size (and I’m going to say you do) try to get them to cease about 1cm above the ground. This implies they’ll grasp properly, you’ll hardly discover the hole between them and the ground and in addition they’ll draw rather well as they’ll skim over the floor. That puddle is all very properly when you’ve obtained ten minutes to rearrange it day-after-day however in any other case it’s simply annoying. And I communicate as one who has to open shutters each morning. Some want absolutely opening, some want the slats adjusting and most are damaged so it needs to be carried out by hand. You do not want to offer your self additional work by hanging curtains that want their very own private fluffer day-after-day.

Then, in fact, there’s the third means. A set pelmet, a business-like curtain and a touch of fringe alongside the pelmet. So it’s a transparent alternative of 1, two or three and all of them are within the mushy muted colors of the panorama past the home windows they body.

Above, there aren’t any apparent window dressings though I believe authentic shutters are folded again to the edges. This image completely sums up what I used to be speaking about on the high. The connection between inside and outdoors – you don’t want huge bifold glass doorways to make that hyperlink. the cushion on the mattress attracts the attention to the window exterior, which leads you to the portray on the wall and again to the mattress once more. The mushy pebble color partitions are the proper backdrop to the stronger colors exterior.

We’ll finish on this room, though you may go to the entire home, which is on for £895,000 with Inigo, and see for your self. However I needed to cease right here because the blues and yellows from the remainder of the home are introduced collectively on this bed room. The partitions are just like the brand new Dulux Color of the 12 months, Wild Marvel, a form of straw-like shade which could be very restful.

And, if you need one thing for the weekend, because it had been, Sophie and I are discussing the brand new colors and paint launches together with a bunch of different issues over on The Nice Indoors podcast. We’ve got now gone weekly and we’ve got recorded the recording on YouTube so you may watch in addition to pay attention.

Let me know what you assume.

Kate Watson-Smyth

I am a journalist who writes about interiors primarily for The Monetary Instances however I’ve additionally written commonly for The Impartial and The Day by day Mail. My home has been in Dwelling And many others, HeartHome and featured in The Wall Avenue Journal & Corriere della Sera. I additionally run an inside styling consultancy Mad About Your Home. Welcome to my Mad Home.