Thursday 26 July 2012

Contemporary Country Colours

Fresh, clean earth tints form a soothing colour palette for today's country living. Shades of Clay, Slate, French grey, Shutter Blue, Mulberry, Damson, Willow leaf and Gooseberry green set against chalky white add a contemporary twist to traditional country styling. Modern material such a stainless steel and aluminium contrast against the natural elements of pale stone and bleached wood. Here are a few of my most recent finds starting with the heart of the country home - the kitchen.  
Above image: detail of Sims Hilditch interior design for Neptune - gorgeous bespoke kitchens and new home accessories range
Above image: a divine new kitchen design from Sims Hilditch interior design for Neptune

Above images: gorgeous new table linen china and cutlery from the Neptune range
Above images: 1. gorgeous new candle range from Neptune 2.table linen china and cutlery from the new Neptune range 3. paint shade in "Lily" by Neptune 4 from the new lighting range by Neptune
Above image: pretty contemporary coloured enamel kitchen ware from Garden Trading 
Above image: bespoke kitchens and fabulous furniture range from Neptune
Above image: 1.gorgeous pale chalky kitchen by Plain English 2. & 4.table linen and china from the new Neptune accessories range 3.beautiful handcrafted kitchens and furniture from Neptune Colour watches: The Paper Mulberry colour suggestions
Above image: handmade kitchens by Chalon in gorgeous pale chalky shades with slate grey accents try Farrow and Ball "French Grey" number 18 for a similar colour to the door and skirting board

Above image: divine oak framed homes by Border Oak with interior design and styling by Merry Albright The Paper Mulberry note: try "Card Room Green" number 79 from Farrow & Ball for a similar shade to the kitchen island - we have used it on our back door and windows
Above image: planter pots on tray in "Shutter Blue" by Garden Trading
Above image: bespoke kitchens and fabulous furniture range from Neptune
Above image: the gorgeous kitchen and dining room of interior stylist and photographer Helena Bernald of the wonderful blog The Swenglish Home
Above images: 1.lovely new lighting range from Garden Trading in fabulous colours such a "Shutter blue", "Clay" and "Slate" 2.metal trough planter by Garden Trading 3.a set of numbered, French styled, ceramic mixing bowls by Garden Trading Colour swatches: The Paper Mulberry colour suggestions 
Above image: gorgeous contemporary farmhouse in Oxfordshire location for photography and film by locations agency Light locations
Above image: divine bespoke kitchen furniture and china range from Neptune
Above image: the "Chichester" kitchen from Neptune 
Above image: classic jug in "Gooseberry" by Garden Trading

For more information on anything shown in the above images please click on the names under each photograph to go through to their web sites. The colour swatches featured are my suggestions for accent shades and do not relate to specific paints unless otherwise stated, but I'm sure your favourite paint companies would be happy to suggest matches! 

With warmest wishes


Im Spiegel said...

i love the post, like always. especially the lamps in the first pictures are great! i would really like them in our kitchen.

Susan T said...

Glenda you really shouldn't have put the link through to the Neptune china, oh dear a major lust is developing here. I can resist most things (lie) but gorgeous china isn't one of them. Sublime images - all I will do this morning is scroll up and down and wonder how I can make my kitchen look more like some of the above. Perhaps the calm and restful modern colour choices are an effective antidote to modern life. We all want our homes to be sanctuary like and subtle. Big big hugs from here xxx

Francine Gardner said...

Absolutely perfect kitchen for the seaside, country or a great loft. I love the clean lines, the chalky finishes and the color tones.Really fabulous post, thank you

paisleysummer said...

Very stylish colours.
I used to find greys too cold but I am warming to them lately and love them teamed with bleached timber. Adding tints of of colours to the grey makes them more appealing to me too.
Lovley collection of photos.
Penny x

bec said...

Everything in these images I just love... the soft tones and colours are visually amazing... great post which I cannot stop looking at.
Thanks for sharing.
Bec x

Sarah @ Modern Country Style said...

What a great post! I've been loving the new Garden Trading Slate colourway too. It looks even better in person - gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous!


Wendy Paula said...

Fabulous post, thank you for all of the links, I found some lovely shops to drool over!
Love the colour palette:)
Wendy xo

Greet Lefèvre said...

Hello Glenda,
Nice to see your post of today! I see you posted a lot of Neptune kitchens. Yesterday I was browsing into the website of Plain English kitchens. Both companies make exquisite work I might think!
I love these clean lines kitchens!
Thank you for again a wonderful post!
PS How is weather in the UK? Are you ready for the Olympic Games?

Anonymous said...

Beautiful, just beautiful and so soothing.

designchic said...

What fabulous kitchen images - love the clean, simple lines and neutral palettes. The cupboard and it's contents are GORGEOUS!

Burlap Luxe said...

Love that Neptune kitchen, of course everything you post I fall in love over and over again and again.

Beautiful with a sense of calm.

Sarah Malone, European Farmhouse Charm said...

Love Border Oak homes! I visit their site often for inspiration. Thanks for sharing

Sarah Malone, European Farmhouse Charm said...

Love Border Oak Homes! I visit their site often for inspiration. Thanks for sharing.

Anonymous said...

Hi Glenda,
I was so happy to see that you posted!!
Thanks so much for these beautiful inspirational images! I love all of the pendant lights.
Hope your having a lovely week.

Karen said...

So pretty. I love the Border Oak kitchen you show in this post.

Unknown said...

I really like these colors dull and dusty
They are so chic!

Notes From ABroad said...

Oh this is so wonderful !
Your blog will be my guide in the next few months, I am sure.
We are making plans for our return to the US and our home buying is aimed at a very old house somewhere north of NYC. There are plenty of historic areas and old homes to choose from.But many need so much work , often work that will remove the ugly modernising touches.
I am all for stripping everything and leaving it natural or white and now I can use this particular for guidance.
I have fallen in love with a house online, it's claim to fame is it is the oldest house in the state. I think we are crazy :)

1 said...

Beautiful as always Glenda!

I love the colors of the enamel pots from Garden Trading and the hanging wine rack is just brilliant!

Thank you for the gorgeous colors.....

Meranda S said...

I just love your style Glenda...

Bravehearted Beauty {formerly LLH Designs} said...

Such an inspiring, lovely and light collection of images in the post! Love them all! You have a great way of pulling beauty together for all of us to enjoy!


The Paper Mulberry - Glenda Steel said...

Thank you so much for such generous comments, so kind of you! Warmest wishes - Glenda

Monica said...

Fabulous! Many thanks for the inspiration!
Monica x

therelishedroost said...

Love it all! the paint colors are so serene and pretty!

Jay said...

I just found your blog, I love it!! Will definitely be following you.

helen tilston said...

Hi Glenda

I love this post too and the softness and harmony of the colour scheme. The uniqueness of the space with corners and quirky little corners adds to the charm. The china is in keeping with the kitchen

Congatulations to England for Olympic successs

Helen xx

Chrissy...The Apothecary Shop said...

Hi this post,so much to look at and to learn from,love gray and white together...match made in heaven!

merry said...

Hi Glenda
Another lovely post - and thank you for the Border Oak credit, you are very sweet to mention us.

Love your work!

merry xx

matind'hiver said...

J'aime beaucoup les teintes et les ambiances ! Les détails me font craquer, c'est toujours très plaisant de s'arrêter par chez vous.
Belle fin de journée *

High Cotton Style said...

Beautiful! Do you happen to know what type of flooring is used in the kitchen by border oak? I love it!

The Paper Mulberry - Glenda Steel said...

It's gorgeous isn't it! It looks like polished Travertine marble to me but I will ask Border Oak and post their response here. In the meantime you can view more photo's here:

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