I just found these carved wood panels in the Cotswolds; early 19thc, slightly different of course, oak. One is varnished, one not . Guess which I like?
Maybe you are putting back a feature that once graced your place but has long since been stripped out.
Maybe you just find a piece that speaks to you.
I favour the word “denuded”.The Oxford Dictinary defines this-
Our French village house has been certainly been denuded of almost all features of architectural merit; save where the bare bones of the building were covered by newer finishes. We are saving every scrap of that.
So, after long deliberation and discussion, mainly with myself because my family (with the exception of my artistic and creatively sensitive son ) visibly just glaze over after about five minutes when I voice my thoughts on these matters, I have pinned down what we need to do as we put the hovel back together and into better shape.
I will take as the starting point the time period when each individual space was originally created in it’s current form and work with pieces that suit that.
A fully coherent and homogenous style throughout will not work when we have so many historical periods cobbled into one building. I will add features with discretion and a degree of modesty, this isn’t a museum or a chateau or even a grand house.
Here are some add-ins I love. Find them at –