Urban Glamour #37

This 19th-century schoolhouse in Somerset hides a kaleidoscope of colour in every room.

Get the look: The door is painted in Black Blue by Farrow & Ball. The wreath is by The Shop Floor Project.


The 1840s schoolhouse in Somerset is now a family home. The house has one level that is comprised of a large living area (the original main school room), kitchen, three bedrooms, two bathrooms and a WC.


A bundle of cotton plant branches hints at snow and echoes the pale shade of the wreath (pictured top).


This 19th-century schoolhouse is simple and compact, in the middle of nowhere (a few miles outside of the town Bruton) and surrounded by gorgeous countryside. When the house was bought 18 months ago, the  structure and refurbishment of the property remained the same but white walls were swapped for something a little more vibrant. It’s already been repainted twice in the past year.

Each wall has recently been doused in a particular shade, selected to create a reaction that goes way deeper than the usual throwaway comment of, ‘Ooh, that’s a lovely colour’.

Get the look: The walls are painted in Bancha by Farrow & Ball. The console table is from a Monaco flea market. The child’s school chair is from a charity shop. For a similar pendant, try John Lewis.

The entrance hall (above) has been painted in Farrow & Ball’s Bancha – and for good reason. When you arrive at the house, you are immersed in an idyllic location. As you walk through the garden to the front door, plants and greenery surround you. The paint choice for the entrance hall helps carry on the feeling, and so as you step into the house you are faced with this deep olive shade. The outside comes indoors, so to speak.


Moving into the hallway there is a dark area, painted in Inchyra Blue, to create an atmosphere of cosiness and protection.

As it’s a long and thin corridor, the colour was only taken half way up the wall. If the narrow space had been blue all the way to the ceiling, the space would have felt very enclosed. By using a light shade at the top, the area feels more open.

Get the look: The lower half of the wall is painted in Inchyra Blue; the upper half in All White, both by Farrow & Ball. The overhead light is from Gong. The bauble decoration is from Habitat.


Then, passing through into the living area, you are suddenly hit with a huge, dazzling room painted in School House White. And it’s no accident. The transition from dark to light hits you between the eyes and fools you into thinking the room is even bigger and even brighter.

Get the look: The pink sofa is an heirloom – try Designers Guild for similar. The pendants are by Tom Dixon. The tree decorations are from John Lewis and Habitat. The paper decorations are from RE.

The high ceiling and walls painted in School House White create impact. 

Get the look: The paper chains are from The Shop Floor Project.

A gallery wall gets a festive feel with eclectic decorations and paper chains.


A diverse palette, from dark hues to the yellow highlight at the window, adds focus.

Get the look: The bespoke units are painted in Farrow & Ball’s Studio Green. The vintage table is painted in Farrow & Ball’s Paean Black. The overhead light is from Original BTC.


A striking colour was chosen for the pantry-cum-bar. The colour is taken all the way over the ceiling, which gives the impression of being encased in a jewel box.

Get the look: The walls are painted in Rangwali by Farrow & Ball. Madonna tea towel, £6.50, RE.


The intimacy of this space was embraced by using delicate Setting Plaster on walls and woodwork to treat guests to a room that feels tender and soothing.

Get the look: The bedlinen is from Cox & Cox. The vase is by Astier de Villatte.

The dramatic red curtains are an heirloom.

See the new Farrow & Ball colour range at farrow-ball.com

Photography / James Merrell

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