Matt Deighton is Managing Director of the bespoke sofa specialist Timeless Chesterfields. Here, he shares his top tips for injecting some classic British style into the décor of your home.
If you would like to update your home's décor so it's more timeless and stylish, you won't have to look too far for inspiration. Traditional British homes have long been admired around the world thanks to their effortless charm: they're cosy yet elegant and have a classic look without ever being boring. And, if you would like to achieve a similar effect, updating your living space to have more elements of traditional British style is a great idea.
Here, I'm going to take you through five ways in which you can inject traditional British style into your home décor. Read on to find out more.
Make the most of any period features your home might have
Many British homes were built during the Victorian, Georgian, and Edwardian periods. And, if your house is one of them, it's likely to have some fantastic features, such as a traditional fireplace or bay window. These design elements are highly sought after and can potentially increase the value of a property. So, if you're fortunate enough to already have these at your disposal, it's well worth maintaining them and incorporating them into the look of your space. This will help you to achieve an authentically traditional British look.
If you have a feature fireplace, you could help it to stand out by replacing its tiles with brightly coloured or patterned versions. You could also hang a particularly ornate mirror or a beautiful piece of art above it to create a focal point within your living room. You should also ensure you make the most of the mantel and hearth by decorating them with fresh flowers, candles, and ornaments.
If you have a bay window, you could add a brightly coloured reading chair or a stunning pair of floor-length curtains. Whatever route you take, you should ensure visitors' eyes will be drawn straight to your home's beautiful period features.
Furnish your rooms with quality heritage pieces
Britain has always been well-respected for its craftmanship when it comes to furniture, and I would highly recommend furnishing your home with a few heritage pieces to reflect this. In the past, high-quality furniture could only be bought by the wealthy, but the market now offers a whole host of beautiful pieces at affordable prices, which means you should be able to find traditional cabinets, chairs, sofas, and tables that are within your budget.
There are a number of items that will always help you to capture the quintessential British look, and the Chesterfield sofa is a great example. They've been used as a design feature of traditional British interiors for more than 300 years, so investing in one for your living room is guaranteed to give you the classic look you're going for.
Inject some art and culture into your living space
Historically, people would display books and art around their homes as a sign of their wealth and status. But, these days, anyone can decorate their living space with odds and ends that show their interests and personality. Doing so will help to give your interior décor a traditional vibe.
For example, you could build floor to ceiling book shelves into the design of your living room and fill these with all your family's favourite books. If you would like to go for something a bit subtler, you could leave a couple of coffee table books out in your living room or hang a print from your favourite artist on a bare wall. It's all about getting your personality across.
Add texture with traditional textiles
A traditional home should be warm and cosy, which means you should incorporate plenty of soft furnishings into your décor. When you're shopping for curtains, cushion covers, throws and rugs, it's a good idea to look out for heritage fabrics such as tweed and tartan. Of course, you could mix and match these with simpler pieces to prevent each room from looking too busy. Incorporating small hints of these fabrics will work as a gentle nod to the traditional British style you're trying to achieve.
Don't be afraid to add a dash of eccentricity
Brits are traditionally known for their quirky sense of style, so don't be afraid to reflect this in your décor. You could use vintage items, such as antique telephones, typewriters, or street signs as decorative pieces. You'll usually be able to pick these up at a very affordable price from local markets and car boots sales. Of course, stock is not guaranteed at these outlets, which means it could take you a while to collect the vintage items you love. But, exercising some patience will ensure you curate an array of pieces that truly fit the new look of your home.
If you would like to give your interior décor a traditionally British update, taking these tips on board is a great place to start. By making the most of your home's existing period features, adding texture to your space with classic textiles, and adding a hint of eccentricity to each room, you'll certainly be on to a winner.