A Step-By-Step Guide to Achieving the Perfect ‘British’ Living Space

Go against the norm and back to the traditional. Forget about designing your home with sharp silver objects but rather oak and floral designs in front of an old fireplace. Written about in ‘Home&Design’ magazine and stated in their Bazaar– Vogue section, rural design is all the rage.

I have created a step-by-step guide to achieve this typically British atmosphere right in your living room. All with the help of style ideas that I have especially picked out.

Start with the basics – what do you already have in your living room? It could be wooden floorboards, a fireplace, or even a really good sofa but as long as you have a vocal point in your space so that you can set the ‘tone’ of the room – in this case a traditional manor with designer furniture.

If you haven’t already got a good rustic-looking sofa then get one. Without one your British living space will just look a tad bit odd. Jasmine By Derwent is a personal favourite of mine. However they are even better sofa ideas designed by Duresta who pride themselves on being in the British furniture industry for over 60 years. Remember that the colour of the sofa and its ‘style’ all depends on your focal point. If you have dark floorboards, compliment it with a dark brown leather sofa. DO NOT contrast colours unless you are looking for a modern living space. Colour complimentary is key to achieving a traditional British looking living space.

A fireplace is key. Although it is not essential, I highly recommend installing one if you are decorating and considering a style change. Not only does a fireplace look good especially for this theme but also gives a ‘warmth’ and ‘comfort’ tone to your living space. If you are unsure consider your space and whether there is room for a fireplace. If you already have too much to include in your room after decorating then this look can still be achieved by adding other essential accessories.

Accessorise, accessorise, accessorise. Forget about the minimal look that modern decorating recommends and feel free to go over the top. Book shelves filled with books (the older the better) and lots of brown accessories are perfect. As long as you fill the space and keep it looking tidy you will have achieved a rustic looking room that is dying for you to relax in.

I hope that this guide has been helpful and you have achieved this traditional look with my help. Remember that this is just a guide and is not a decorating manual. The items you choose and add to your room will all determine the ‘tone’ and I hope that this guide has helped you to achieve the warm and comfortable atmosphere that is a reflection of the British lifestyle.

By lucille