How to decorate with dreamy neutrals

Warm, dreamy neutrals are big news this year. And, luckily for us, they provide the perfect backdrop to myriad affordable antiques...

Warm, dreamy neutrals are big news this year. And, luckily for us, they provide the perfect backdrop to myriad affordable antiques...

Wall painted in ‘China Clay Deep’ (177) Absolute Matt Emulsion, £42 per 2.5l, Little Greene. Doorway painted in ‘Plum Tree’ (283) Marble Matt Emulsion, £46 per 2.5l, Mylands. ‘Black and White Aztec’ patterned rug (120 x 180cm), £330; ‘Medium Poppy Field’ rug (120 x 180cm), £125, both French Connection. Wicker chair, £360, Elemental. ‘Transformation No. 4’ Tate Victor Pasmore cushion, £31.99, We Love Cushions. Fishing on the Seine oil on board by Evert Fahrm, £3,200, Maison Artefact. RJR.John Rocha pink vase, £18, Debenhams. Small distressed 19th-century mirror (behind vase), £95, Lassco. Royal Lace teacup and saucer c1937, £28 for a tea trio, Robinson Antiques at Alfies Antique Market. Large mirror, £450; antique sunburst mirror, £380; coral fragments, £280, all Puckhaber. Late 18th-century mirror (on right), £1,250, Maison Artefact. Whitefriars vase c1955, £125, Robinson Antiques at Alfies Antique Market. Boxed moth, fire screen and crystal geode, find similar at Lassco. 

Wall painted as before. Chair and painting, find similar at Puckhaber. Sheepskin rug, £59, Rockett St George. ‘Efni’ sideboard, £845, Debenhams. Fulham Pottery glazed black bowl c1955, £55, Robinson Antiques at Alfies Antique Market. Vases (from left): 1970s large Kaiser Fossil White Bisque Op Art vase, £65; 1970s German White Bisque ‘Batman’ vase by Werner Uhl, £85; 1970s White Scherzer Bavaria German Op Art vase, £55, all The Old Cinema; black and white vase, £28 for set of two, Debenhams. 1930s porcelain and gold bowls by Gunnar Nylund for RÖrstrand, from £95 each, L&V Art and Design. Trims, as before.

Rosenthal tall vase by Raymond Loewy, £125, Robinson Antiques at Alfies Antique Market. Faux dogwood berries, £11, Oka. Sylvia K plate, from £22; small cup and mug, £27 each, Heal’s. Reclaimed tiles, £350 per sq m, Lassco. Midwinter teapot c1960, £55; Langley mustard pot and oil jug, £16 each; Lord Nelson soup bowl c1960, £100 for six, all Robinson Antiques at Alfies Antique Market.  

Primitive bench, £600 for a pair, Elemental. Primitive stool, £320, Puckhaber. Stonewashed tablecloth (170 x 250cm), £79.99; ‘Rosa’ linen napkin, £8.99, both LinenMe. Vintage kantha quilt (used as a table cover), £120; vintage Hungarian grain sack (on stool and under blue runner), £45; antique French indigo linen table runner, £160, all Rebecca’s Aix Home. Sylvia K tableware, from £22 for a small plate, Heal’s. Cutlery, find similar at Maison Artefact. ‘Luxe’ wine glasses, from £7 each; tumblers, £5 each, all French Connection. ‘Diablo’ vase, £29, Heal’s. Faux magnolia branch, £17, Oka. Pendant light shade, £160, Janie Knitted Textiles. Flex and bulb fitting, from a selection at Urban Cottage Industries. 

Top of wall painted in ‘China Clay Dark’ (178) Absolute Matt Emulsion, £42 per 2.5l, Little Greene. Bottom of wall painted in ‘Rose Bark’ Paint Mixing Matt, £27.56 per 2.5l, Dulux. Travertine sculptures (used as side table), £1,050 for two, Retrouvius. ‘Diablo’ vase, £29; Sylvia K tableware, from £22 for a small plate, both Heal’s. Tumbler, £5, French Connection. 19th-century French door panel (used as headboard), £950, Maison Artefact. Divan bed, £1,085; valance, £142, both Oka. ‘Rosa’ linen duvet cover and two pillowcases, £179.99, LinenMe. ‘Eden Blush’ throw, £95; ‘Perth Blush’ cushion, £45, both Ian Mankin. ‘Boho’ pattern cushion, £15, Sainsbury’s Home. ‘Made for You’ pendant light featuring galvanised disc shade and blue linen cable, £45.50, Urban Cottage Industries.  

Walls painted in ‘China Clay Dark’ (178) Absolute Matt Emulsion, as before. Cabinet, find similar at Lassco. Ancient Roman bottles and unguentarium (top shelf), from £150 each, St James’s Ancient Art. Other antique Roman glass flasks and jars, from £150 each, Ancient & Oriental. Coral fragments, as before. Vintage jewellery, from a selection at Alfies Antique Market. Woven hanging, £35, Woven By Emily.

The full feature on decorating with neutrals in the March 2018 issue of H&A. Back issues are still available. To purchase a copy click here.

Photographs: Katya De Grunwald
Twitter/Instagram: @katyadegrunwald 
Styling: Ali Attenborough

 

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