Downton Abbey is back again! With new decor, new characters and new locations, there’s so much to take in! Here’s a behind-the-scenes look at what’s going on in Season 4:
Lady Mary is in Mourning
Season 4 of Downton Abbey finds Mary, 6 months after Matthew’s death, in a state of gloom. She has mostly kept to her room, where Anna tends to her. The comparison of Mary’s room from the first season to now is quite different. Warm red damask wallpaper is traded for mint green and neutrals.
Mary’s Room, Season 1
Mary’s Bedroom, Season 4
The Library is Still Just as Beautiful as Ever
The old adage, “Don’t fix what’s not broken” rings true with the library. Last year when we covered Downton Abbey, we focused on the beautiful fabrics in the space, this year we’re captivated by the stunning architectural details. The intricate coffered wood ceiling is to die for & the grand gilded columns help to divide the large room.
Countess Cora & Count Robert Crawley Have the Best Headboard Ever
Cora & Robert’s headboard in their bedroom is fabulous. The smooth gold hue is flattering to any skin tone, and in tandem with the drapery, it would look lovely in both bright or dim lighting.
Cousin Isobel Has a Bigger Story Line this Year
Word has it that Cousin Isobel, Matthew’s surviving mother, will have a bigger story line this season. She’s still struggling with her son’s death just as much as Mary is, and Season 4 will show her progression through this phase. Isobel still resides in the Crawley House at Downton, Yorkshire. There seems to be quite a theme in terms of color this season–a lot of the pastel greens. How elegant is that white floral silk sofa?!
London Will be Featured Quite a Bit
Because Edith is traveling to London to meet with her editor, we will be seeing a lot more of the city this season. We got a bit of a preview last year when Lady Rose’s character, who favors nightclubs and excitement, was introduced. Executive producer Gareth Neame said, “We have a lot of music in season 4—Dancing, parties, events and so on,” much of it happening in the city. Of course, filming in London does have its complications: “We have one episode that is pretty much all in London,” explains executive producer Liz Trubridge, “We [filmed] this right at the time we [were] about to have a royal birth announcement—so many roads [were] blocked off that we [couldn’t] park!”
Nightclub in London, Season 4
Restaurant in London, Season 4