Adapt the exuberant decorating interior paint ideas at Charleston farm house to bring touches of bohemian color and pattern into your home
For over 50 years, from 1916 on wards, Charleston, a farmhouse on the South Downs in East Sussex, England was the country meeting place of the Bloomsbury Group-a close-knit circle of artists, writers and intellectuals. Artists Vanessa Bell and Duncan Grant set about enlivening the dark, old interior by painting and adorning every surface with enchanting, naive graphics and
striking, country-influenced images. Inspired by this unique decorative style, we have come up with our own interpretations of their distinctive interior paint designs on the following.
Interior paint in the living room
Be advcnturous with color and pattern interior paint -choose hues and shades from within the same tonal range to tic clashing designs together. Walls painted in neutral interior paint shades will allow these colours to stand out without overpowering the room. Add an extra dimension by painting a decorative detail onto a piece of furniture or, in this case, the fire surround. Here, it has been done
freehand using an assortment of tester pots of paint, but a similar interior paint effect could be achieved with stencils or by tracing shapes such as lids and bottle tops.
Interior paint in a hallway
Ballance a bold interior paint pattern in a small hallway by painting the area below the dado rail with a soft wash in a toning shade. Here, we sponged the paisley motif onto the walls with a stencil, and
added a flower detail for extra effect.
Interior paint in a workroom
An attic study is the perfect place to experiment with interior paint colour in your home. The strong shade of blue used for the exposed brickwork on this wall has been toned down by the slightly
paler shade chosen for the recess area. Lighter-hued furniture and accessories, with bright accents of mustard yellow and rust red interior paint, help to create a welcoming and relaxed work space. A woven floor runner with a distinctive pattern that picks up on the stepped outline of the brickwork adds depth and originality to the room interior.
Interior paint in bedroom
Emphasisc the interior paint colours of furnishings and accessories in a bedroom by echoing their shades in a bold band painted around the top and side edges of a plain wall. Delicate freehand
painting on the wooden bedframe in toning hues will continue the theme and add an individual interior paint touch. If you don't feel confident enough to paint a design completely freehand onto the bed, use a stencil for the central interior paint motif and then add a few flourishes yourself
for an original finish - remember any mistakes can easily he painted over.
Interior paint in kitchen
Add interest to a white kitchen with a graphic, statement wallpaper above a plain, tiled area. Carry the interior paint colors through the room with accessories and china in a mix of vivid shades.
STYLING BY CAROLINE REEVES ASSISTED BY BEN KENDRICK
PHOTOGRAPHS BY EMMA LEE