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’.

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.


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.

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

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.


A striking colour was chosenfor 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.


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.

The dramatic red curtains are an heirloom.

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Photography / James Merrell