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.
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.
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.
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.