Regency dining room design ideas

How to give a dining room a look in keeping with the architectural style.

The project: The dining room of this house near Saltash in Cornwall has been given a look that is in keeping with the architectural style.

The designer: Edward Bulmer (01544 388535; studied Fine Art at the University of East Anglia before joining the practice of interior decorator David Mlinaric, where he worked on Spencer House and Nostell Priory. He left to work in partnership with the designer, artist and picture restorer Alec Cobbe and then set up his own business in Herefordshire, where he now produces Edward Bulmer Natural Paint.

Edward has worked on a wide range of historic houses, including Althorp, Goodwood, Home House, Chevening and Chequers.


Giles Kime says: Many of the furnishings in the dining room at Trematon Castle near Saltash, which overlooks Plymouth Sound, were from the client’s former home on the Scottish Islands. Among these were the beautiful Agra rug, the mahogany table and a striking set of Daniell prints that Edward felt would look best against a rich, warm backdrop. With this in mind, he chose Brick, from his own range of natural paints that complement the room’s Regency features. The striped blue curtains are hung on brass poles and marry both the colours in the rug and the walls. At the fireplace are marble busts of Charles James Fox and Napoleon. The set of Gillows chairs was acquired specially for the project. The result is a room that, despite its grandeur, has an intimate feel for entertaining.

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How to get the look

The wall colour is Brick, from the designer’s own range of natural paint (; 01544 388535)

The Map House at 54, Beauchamp Place, Knightsbridge, London SW3 (020–7589 4325; has a number of works by Thomas and William Daniell

Chesney’s antiques showroom at 521–525, Battersea Park, London SW11 (020–7978 7224; and Jamb, 95–97, Pimlico Road, London SW1 (020–7730 2122;

As well as chimneypieces, Nicholas Gifford-Mead (020–7736 0808; sells a wide range of statuary, including marble busts

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