Fine paint purveyors Farrow & Ball have transformed Gillian Anderson’s beautiful five-bedroom wooden chalet in the cult Netflix drama Sex Education, making the property even dreamier by sprucing up the interiors.

a large brick building with a mountain in the background: Farrow & Ball have repainted the Sex Education chalet and the before and after photos are incredible. See the makeover here.

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Farrow & Ball have repainted the Sex Education chalet and the before and after photos are incredible. See the makeover here.

Nestled in the hills of the picturesque village of Symonds Yat in the Wye Valley in Herefordshire, the red and white house dates back to 1912 and started life as a wooden flat pack, imported from Norway. The unique pine facade and wrap-around terrace make it instantly recognisable amongst the trees.

Fans of the show will know that protagonist Otis Milburn lives there with his sex therapist mum Jean, played by Anderson. In real life, the property is owned by the Chilvers family, who decided to make the chalet available as a holiday home last summer after being inundated with requests.

a house with trees in the background: The chalet in Sex Education

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The chalet in Sex Education

It turns out that homeowner Cathy Chilvers loved how the chalet was styled by Netflix. She wanted to update the rooms and introduce more colour, but didn’t know where to start. So, she called on Farrow & Ball’s consultancy service for help – and they more than delivered.

The before and after photos show just how much the sympathetic, thoughtful and beautiful colour makeover has brightened up, refreshed and transformed the inside of the unique home.

Here’s what the Sex Education chalet interior looked like before Farrow & Ball got to work:

a dining room table in front of a window: Sex Education chalet

Sex Education chalet

And here’s what the Sex Education chalet looked like once the project was complete:

a kitchen with a sink and a window: Sex Education chalet

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Sex Education chalet


If you fancy repainting your home during lockdown, here’s the complete list of Farrow & Ball colours used throughout:


Walls – Shaded White No.201 Estate Eggshell

Ceiling – James White No.2010 Modern Emulsion

Kitchen – units and island – Studio Green No.93 Modern Eggshell

Breakfast chairs – Claydon Blue No.87 (archive) Modern Eggshell

Sitting room:

Walls – De Nimes No.299 Modern Emulsion

Ceiling – Shaded White No.201 Modern Emulsion


Walls and ceiling – Green Smoke No.47 Exterior Eggshell

Bedroom with balcony:

Walls – Setting Plaster No.231 Modern Emulsion

Ceiling – Dimity No.2008 Modern Emulsion

Headboard – Calke Green No.34 Estate Eggshell

Chest of Drawers – Tanner’s Brown No.255 Estate Eggshell


Walls and ceiling – Dead Salmon No.28 Modern Emulsion

Chest of drawers – Manor House No.265 Estate Eggshell

Ensuite walls and ceiling – De Nimes No.299 Estate Eggshell Dark tones

Bath – India Yellow No.66 Exterior Eggshell

Find out more about Farrow & Ball’s colour consultancy service here.

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