Tangerine dreams bring an 1820s silk weaver’s cottage back to life

Glowing colours and midcentury furniture create warmth and style in a once derelict property in the market town of Macclesfield

The colour of the walls started out from a leaf,” says Edwige Trost-Mayman of the interior of her Macclesfield home. Sitting at a midcentury dining table and rescued Ercol chairs, she tells me how she came up with the burnt orange palette of the living and dining room, combined with the cocoa-walled staircase and sunflower-yellow kitchen.

“White was too boring for me,” she continues, recalling how they painted the downstairs entirely in Farrow & Ball James White, when they first moved in. “It felt safer at the time, but I prefer this atmosphere. It suits my personality, and the colours give warmth, which is needed here in winter as the rooms can feel cold.” With their jewel-like touches, the rich background colours create a comforting, contemporary glow.

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