You can create and style you love in your home no matter where or what kind of space you live in. One of my favorites has always been the classic English Country house look. Perhaps no other design style is as timeless, elegant and mostly cozy. Here I’ve broken to down the look and share some design tips how you can create it in your home.
LAYYERS, LAYERS, LAYERS
The English Country House look is all about layering. Oriental rugs and kilims over sisal rugs. Floral prints mixed with stripes, paisleys and velvets. Accessories and potted plants on tables. Paintings and art collages on the walls and couches and chairs filled with pillows in many different prints.
While many beautiful pieces are in the design mix the overall feel is always VERY relaxed. No chair is too fancy for a dog to sit on. Potted plants are in their casual pots and every room invites you to sit down in a cozy corner and read a book.
Floral & Striped Materials
ELABOARTE PRINTED DRAPERIES
Draperies are generally elaborate and elegant and always in a pretty print. No plain draperies here.
Interior Design: Penny Morrison
AN ELEGANT WOOD STUDY
In old English estates you always find an elegant wood paneled study. You can achieve this look by simply adding wood molding in a pattern to dry wall. (See how here from my makeover in the One Room Challenge). Paint it a wood tone brown, then a layer or two of glaze and it will look similar too wood. Hang vintage painted portraits and you have the perfect backdrop for an English study. A RELAXED FURNITURE ARRANGEMENT
BOTANICAL & ANIMAL ART
No English country house is complete without perhaps a bathroom, guest bedroom or hallway with a beautiful floral wallpaper.
BOLD WALL COLOR
With rugged winters and rainy summers gathering areas around fireplaces is a must. Perhaps you build a new elaborate mantel on yours, or if you don’t have a real fireplace get a smoke free faux fireplace.
Four poster beds or bed curtains also elevates the coziness and create an old world look.
OLD BOOKS & WALL SCONCES
AGED WOOD BEAMS
Adding worn wood beams to your ceiling can create the look.
Interior Design: Amanda Woods from Architectural Digest
Here are a few pieces to give you the look!