Bringing Old English Charm to Your Living Room
Besides inviting the Queen for tea… what is the best way to bring old English charm into your living room? Creating a room with old-world elegance and charm requires a certain amount of preparation and planning. Integrating contemporary conveniences with old-fashioned novelty and tradition offers challenges as well as exciting potential. By carefully balancing comfort and style, an elegant English living room can be yours within a matter of weeks.
Old English Architecture
If your home has been graced with a fireplace, you’re off to a jolly good start! English Tudor-style homes just seem to cry out for hardwood floors, stone hearths, and solid mantel pieces displaying classic Versace candleholders. However, if you are not that fortunate, don’t despair. With proper attention to decorating details, a similar look can be achieved by selecting the perfect wall colours, trims, window coverings, furniture, and accessories. Modern homes can incorporate customized multi-paned windows, laminate flooring, and electric fireplaces. If possible, expose any pre-existing wooden beams; apply wainscoting to the walls, and edge doorways and windows with wood, particularly if you are striving for a more traditional Tudor theme.
Decorating an English-Style Home
Begin with your walls, windows, and floors. Wood panelling, painted wall-treatments, and traditional wallpaper serve to create a look that is drenched in old-world charm. Striped, flocked, and floral design wall-coverings provide warmth and ease. Wood, slate, stucco, and brick will help carry the outside in. The building materials used in Tudor style homes were often of the highest quality available; great attention was paid to detail and the use of natural supplies was common practice. Bringing old English charm into your living room means creating an authentic space. Additionally, neutral colours are preferable. Grey, white, creams, blues, and browns provide a lovely palate. From there, add bright flourishes of colour. Jewelled tones will accent the look… burgundies, shades of violet, and soothing greens can be combined in pillows, throw rugs, cushions, and draperies.
Furniture and Accessories
Once you have incorporated wall and fixture designs that project old-world beauty, it’s time to select the ideal overstuffed furniture, antique shelves, and tables. Wing-backed chairs, plush sofas, and cushioned armchairs, covered in crocheted antimacassars, add elegance and comfort. Wall décor should be kept to a minimum. Large oil paintings and lamps will add interest, complementing without overwhelming. Tapestries will help to establish an interesting yet sophisticated touch. Traditional light fixtures, spacious windows -overlooking the English garden, and a chiming mantel clock, are modest, conventional, yet delightfully charming. Wrought iron fireplace tools, hardware, and chandeliers provide drama and dash. Antique bookcases, brass framed mirrors, glass vases, shelves, secretary desks, and coffee tables will finish off the look in elegance and grace.
English Stylishness and Charm
Having kept the notion of Old English charm in mind as you designed your living room, you’ve created a room that is as luxurious as it is serene. Last but not least, set a bone china tea-set on the wooden sofa table. Now you can sit back and relax… who knows, your next guest may indeed be HRH!