Chester Tufted Sofa English Country Interior Decor

4 Modern Ways to Bring an English Country Style to Your Home

The English Country style is both classic and charming. Bring this look into your home, while still keeping things modern, with these 4 ideas:

1. Play Matchmaker

Matching walls & furniture is oh-so English Country. Many provincial homes in England use one pattern throughout an entire room. For a modern take on this look, upholster your walls in the same print as the focal-point piece of furniture in your room. We like the traditional florals from Aerin Lauder’s collection for Lee Jofa.

Matching Fabric & Wallpaper English Decor Dining Room

Lee Jofa Fabric - Hither Leaf/Forest 2013121-323

Lee Jofa Fabric

Lee Jofa Fabric - Seafield - Pink/Aqua 2013124_715_0Lee Jofa Fabric

Robert Allen Fabric - Amsale - Green TeaRobert Allen Fabric

2. Add a Chesterfield Sofa

What would make a space more English than a sofa with British lineage? The Chesterfield sofa, designed in the 18th century by the Earl of Chesterfield, has been used in UK decor for decades. This piece of furniture is button-tufted and traditionally done in leather, but a charcoal velvet version makes it more current. Bring one into your living room and top it with a couple pillows in prints like a contemporary Ikat version of the Jacobean floral motif.

Chester Tufted Sofa English Country Interior Decor

Stout Fabric - Alarm 5 - Granite ALAR-5Stout Fabric

Kravet Trim - Studded Reins - Aged Ebony T30635_84_0Kravet Trim

Surya Pillow - VP001Surya Throw Pillow

Ryan Studio Pillow - Larissa - Blue 185-TRyan Studio Pillow

3. Use a Dark, Layered Color Palette

A deep color palette featuring olive & oxblood is traditionally used in English Country decorating. This is because it makes a space feel warm, inviting & cozy (a good way to battle the cold, rainy weather). Layer shades of these hues on furniture, walls, accessories and pillows, allowing for a pop of blood orange for some brightness.

Olive Oxblood English Country Interior Decor

GP&J Baker Wallpaper - Burnish Olive BW45011-8GP&J Baker Fabric

Greenhouse Fabric - Yorktown Oxblood 71931Greenhouse Fabric

Kravet Fabric - HAUTE - CAMELKravet Fabric

Fabricut Fabric - Apropos - Paprika 1232226Fabricut Fabric

Ryan Studio Pillow - Fritz - TobaccoRyan Studio Throw Pillow

4. Accent with Textured Textiles

Just a bit of plaid & tweed, patterns that both originated from England (see a brief history here), instantly bring the English Country look to any home. Do it in textures like wool, incorporating some masculine leather, for a more luxurious and dimensional appeal. We like the idea of upholstering just the back of a chair in a suiting plaid, a trick that doesn’t take much time or money.

Plaid English Country Decor

Clarke & Clarke Fabric - Savile - NaturalClarke & Clarke Fabric

Ralph Lauren Fabric - New Market Tweed - Woodland LWP60708WRalph Lauren Fabric

Duralee Fabric - 15529-12 BlackDuralee Leather Fabric

Related Articles:

A Brief History of Tweed, Herringbone & Plaid

Get the Look: The Decor of England’s Hardwick Hall

Regal & Refined Decorating

Decorate Your Home in English Style

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4 thoughts on “4 Modern Ways to Bring an English Country Style to Your Home

  1. Fun piece. What is the patterned fabric on the chesterfield ? It doesn’t seem to match your example, appears Japanese?

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