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Quiet Color in the English Countryside

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Quiet Color in the English Countryside

May 20, 2013

Olive greens, goldenrod yellows, muted oranges–these muddied colors inspired painter Ben Nicholson (and UK Remodelista editor Christine; see her paen to Nicholson here).

We couldn’t help but think of Nicholson’s nuanced palette when we spotted this modern farmhouse by British architect Lucy Marston on Dezeen. Says Marston,  “We used whitewashed brickwork, painted timber linings, and exposed ceiling beams to give honest depth, texture, and character to a modern interior.” To see more, go to Lucy Marston Architects.

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Above: Marston references the English farmhouse vernacular in her design for this modern grange, using red brickwork, a steep gabled profile, and a corner chimney.

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Above: Crisp geometry prevails. 

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Above: A modern hallway warmed with olive green accents.

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Above: Another view of the enfilade-like transition spaces.

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Above: Sunlight slants through the living room.

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Above: In the kitchen, a trio of orange red pendants adds a dash of color

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Above: Light animates the space via windows overlooking the meadows beyond.

Long Farm by Lucy Marston living room

Above: The living room overlooks the rolling countryside beyond.

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Above: Marston pays close attention to transition spaces.

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Above: An olive green wall slat partition contrasts with a pale blue wall.

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Above: Pure volumes in the bedrooms.

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Above: Every room in the house overlooks the bucolic countryside.

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Above: In the bath, a marigold yellow backsplash adds a note of cheer to the otherwise spare space.

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Above: Yellow and gray; an inexplicably satisfying color pairing.

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Above: At night, the house glows like a lantern.

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Frequently asked questions

What is the inspiration behind the Quiet Colors in the English Countryside?

The inspiration behind Quiet Colors in the English Countryside is to celebrate and highlight the charm of rural British homes and interiors, which are known for their understated elegance, muted tones, and unassuming aesthetic that suits life away from the city.

What are the typical color palettes used in rural English homes?

Rural English homes are characterized by a muted color scheme, such as soft gray, beige, cream, and white, which creates a sense of calm and tranquility in the interior while it also complements the natural beauty surrounding the home.

How can I recreate the Quiet Colors in my own home?

To recreate the Quiet Colors in your own home, choose a neutral wall color such as soft gray, beige, or white, and then incorporate natural materials such as wood, stone, and organic textiles. Keep the accessories minimal and understated to maintain a serene atmosphere.

What kind of furniture and decor complements the Quiet Colors aesthetic?

Furniture and decor that complements the Quiet Colors aesthetic includes vintage and antique pieces with traditional motifs, simple lines, and natural materials. Rattan, bamboo, and wicker furniture are also fitting choices, as well as decorative items such as dried flowers, woven baskets, and ceramic vases in muted tones.

What are some tips for styling a home with Quiet Colors?

Some tips for styling a home with Quiet Colors include adding texture and interest through natural materials and layering, incorporating leafy greens and potted plants for a pop of color, and keeping the overall look uncluttered and harmonious. You can also mix and match different shades of the same color, such as gray, to create depth and interest.

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