These owners love their cottage and the fact that it retains many of the old features. However, they felt that the blackness of the beams, wood panels, doors, staircases and windows were too oppressive and did not correspond with their taste in decor. Their builder once described it "as living in a cave or an old pub". They contacted us in order to brighten up the whole house which we did by lightening the beams, doors, windows, staircases, wood panelling and even the outside porch! They could not believe the impact it made to their beautiful property.