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Thursday, 24 April 2014

The return of classic English style

English style has had a rough ride over the years. When you think of elegance and charm in the home, you might think of Parisian interior design or the ornate Baroque style that originated in the sixteenth century. And while you may not immediately think of England as a hotbed of contemporary style, English style and traditional methods of making English furniture are making a big comeback on the interior design scene. From the decorative flairs and ornamentation of the Victorian period, through to bamboo furniture and the pastel colours of the Edwardian era, and, of course, rustic country house chic; there is truly a period to suit everyone’s taste in English style history.

It’s easier than ever to create a classic English look in your home, with interiors lines such as Duresta dedicated to providing the very best in handcrafted English furniture using traditional methods. Whilst the English might be known for their stiff upper lip and sense of reserve, English style choices are often unreservedly bold. Don’t be afraid of purchasing statement design pieces to create authentic English style in your own home. For example, a leather armchair set beside a roaring fireplace will lend a spectacular sense of grandeur to any living space, and a rustic country house dining table is sure to make an inviting centrepiece in any dining room, the perfect space to host dinner parties for friends as well as homemade meals for the whole family.

It’s not just the statement furniture that will give your own living spaces that traditional English feel, but the accessories and lighting choices that you make too. If you want to create a truly authentic English dining experience, why not invest in some decadent Royal Worcester table wear? Even if you’re too scared to let your children eat off such high value china at the dinner table, the set would still make a beautiful feature within a display cabinet. Plus, a Royal Worcester china set will grow in value over time and prove to be a sound financial investment, or even something special to pass on to your children when they eventually move in to their own homes.

If you’re lacking in design inspiration and want to get a first-hand glimpse of exceptional English style, there are stately homes and grand estates located right across the country that are open to the public courtesy of the National Trust. The National Trust looks after more than 300 buildings, and they all house authentic examples of period English style. From the Tudor styling of Speke Hall in Cheshire through to the neo-classical plasterwork at Basildon Park in Berkshire, which is typical of the Georgian period, one visit to a heritage site and you will be bursting with English design ideas for your own home.

It’s time to say goodbye to austere chrome refrigerators and marble work tops. Instead, create a homely living space that stands the test of time by creating an interior based on classic English style in your home.

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