Tuesday 15 January 2013

A Beautiful Georgian Home Featuring Osmo Floors

Welcome to the first in a two-part series about one of our favourite companies: Osmo, who have created a whole range of fantastic products for the treatment of wood. They are based on natural oils and waxes, rather than the extremely toxic chemicals so often found in wood preservatives. The Osmo range can help you to create beautiful floors, including the highly fashionable Scandi-Chic look, simply and easily.

Georgian cottage | Room designs | PHOTO GALLERY | Housetohome.co.uk

This month, we're focusing on inspiring you with this amazing Georgian house, which has been showcased in a number of books and magazines, as well as for The White Company's Christmas 2012 range. Just look at the beautiful floors throughout the whole space.

The home is featured extensively in one of our most popular books: Farrow and Ball's Living With Colour.

Aga | Cosy Georgian cottage house tour

This cottage is actually rented, though the owners have been able to make cosmetic alterations. We want to show you how, with a bit of imagination, and by selecting the right products, you can make an enormous difference to your home, whether rented or otherwise.

Kitchen | Cosy Georgian cottage house tour

When the current tenant moved in, the walls were yellow and the woodwork was a particularly shocking shade of orange pine. It was once a larger, grander house, hence the beautiful stairway, but has been carved in two and so now has a slightly higgledy-piggledy feel.

Home office | Cosy Georgian cottage house tour

However, the bones of the house are outstanding and, by choosing a neutral and harmonious palette throughout the house, it has been completely transformed.

Hallway | Cosy Georgian cottage house tour

Using a select group of shades in your home is a great trick to create a peaceful flow of continuity. It can be tricky getting the exact palette right, which is where we'd be delighted to help. At Relics of Witney, we can discuss the look you dream of and help you create the perfect range of hues to make that dream a reality in your home.

Dning room | Cosy Georgian cottage house tour

In this case, paints used include Farrow and Ball's Strong White for many of the walls, whilst Down Pipe and Cornforth White have been employed to unify the woodwork throughout most of the house.

Bathroom | Cosy Georgian cottage house tour

The bathroom has been painted in Farrow and Ball's Pigeon, where tongue and groove boarding apparently hides a multitude of sins in the plasterwork. Hardwick White provides subtle contrast on the run of cupboards in the main bedroom.

Bedroom | Cosy Georgian cottage house tour

The floors downstairs have been sanded back and treated with Osmo's White Wood Wax, followed by a coat of Osmo's Polyx Oil, whilst the upstairs floors have been given several treatments to provide a more solid colour.

Georgian cottage | Room designs | PHOTO GALLERY | Housetohome.co.uk

The owners are postively evangelical about the outstanding qualities of the Osmo range. It is possible to buy in treated limewashed floorboards but you will have to reach very deep into your pockets! Osmo provide a way to achieve the look on a much smaller budget, without compromising on either the integrity of the finished look or of your environmental impact.

Living room | Cosy Georgian cottage house tour

In our next post, we'll share exactly how you can achieve this gorgeous look for yourself. Don't forget to subscribe (details in our sidebar) to make sure you don't miss a post.

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