|Elements of English Decorating Style|
The opulence and character of the traditional English style are made for those who love classicism. The basic and essential idea of the English style is achieving classic elegance. Mahogany is one of the crucial features of English style decor. All the furniture should be made of mahogany. This fine and elegant wood is a symbol of the distinction of this style. Chester sofas and armchairs are essential elements. They have curved arms and a very low back. They are wide leather armchairs adorned with decorative studs. source
|English Style - Classic Styled Furniture in Wood Tones - Oriental Rug source|
1. Select furniture that represents many styles and eras, from Chippendale to Queen Anne and Sheraton to Victorian. Traditional should dominate. Oriental influences may exert themselves strongly, either in the style - as with turned-bamboo wood spindles - or with lacquered Oriental finishes. Also consider painted landscapes, a Queen Anne table or a Chippendale highboy.2. Use primarily wood furniture in the living room - a traditional-style secretary, sideboard, lowboy, bookcase and sofa table. Oak, pine, mahogany and walnut are all popular choices.3. Choose soft and cushy sofas, love seats and chairs so that you sink down into the seating - down cushions are ideal. Pillows, rolled arms and slipcovers fit right in, as does floral upholstery in subdued colors.
|English Style - Soft and Cushy Chairs source|
|English Style - Traditional Shapes and Woodtones source|
|Traditional Chesterfield Sofa - VERY English! source|
4. Consider a butler's table or a tea table with pull-out trays for your coffee table. For a more casual look, an old trunk or Chinese chest (carved or lacquered) with a glass top also fits the bill.5. Pick end tables from a simple Sheraton, curvaceous Queen Anne or block-front Chippendale style. The tables can be mismatched. A drop-leaf table can be pushed against the wall as a console or look great in a bay window.6. Cover windows with floor-length drapes that are loaded with gathers and match some of the upholstery in the room.
English Style - More Casual - source7. Anchor the room scheme with a graceful faded and worn Oriental or Aubusson area rug.8. Choose knickknacks from Asia, Africa or other parts of the former British Empire. Achieve a look that is pleasantly cluttered. Traditional English collectibles include old china (Oriental-influenced Blue Willow designs are typical), lead crystal, silver and an abundance of framed pictures.9. Embellish the mantel with candlesticks, china figurines (possibly Staffordshire dogs), a picture or framed mirror, dried or fresh flowers, and a clock.
|English Style - Mantle with Mirror and Clock - source|
10. Light the room with traditional china or metal base lamps
|English Style Sofa and Traditional Wallpaper - source|
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