She felt she had been using peach, yellow and beige for far too long, and decided to use green instead, but somehow with a difference. Hence the verdigris effect, which also derives from Geoffrey Lambs skills. Firstly, a base colour of orange was used, then gold and then green. The result has an almost translucent effect, the gold paint adding an unexpected and surprising visual vivacity to the room. The basement now incorporates dining-room and kitchenbreakfast room. The disadvantage of a low ceiling in the dining-room has been turned to advantage, due mainly to the choice of a Canovas fabric used to dramatic effect on walls and for curtains and blind, exemplifying the decorators belief that if you use a 1-3 The basement kitchen leads onto a breakfast area beneath the glazed roof of a conservatory-style extension looking onto the garden.