2012 was one of the most celebrated British summers ever; London hosted the biggest sporting event in the world and the Queen celebrated her Diamond Jubilee. Being British has never been more fashionable. ‘British’ has been everywhere in 2012 and it is a very popular theme that is set to continue. The trend has been reflected in interior design too, shops are awash with patriotic items making it easier for you to recreate the iconic British look in your own home. Here are a few tips for getting this look:
- In order for the best results you need to be brave, embrace British eccentricity, mixing the unusual with the functional. This could be in the form of stamp shaped rugs, bunting or London themed print. Also indulge in more traditional British decadence using chandeliers rather than the average light shade, guilt mirrors and frames. Candles and unusual lighting are also a great way to create atmosphere and focal points in any room.
- Choose red, white and blue accents, coloured cushions on a white sofa are a good example of this. Using accent vases and lighting on furniture give good way of lifting and maintaining the chosen theme throughout the room. Themed cushions and curtains also provide an excellent way to accent your room without being over-powering. Inspiration can be taken from the montage shown above.
- Also choose a neutral base for your chosen features and accents, this will help your features to stand out without being too heavy for the room. Using creams, whites and pastels are great examples of good base colours on which to accent. For the more adventurous amongst you, take the theme past only accenting neutral tones. So long as you stick to the main three colours there is no reason why you couldn’t have navy walls, red furniture and white accents. Maybe even throw in a corgi if you are feeling really adventurous!
- Try to incorporate iconic British imagery throughout the room. This could be in picture form, fabric prints and ornaments. Good examples include stamps, post boxes, crowns and of course the union jack. The beauty of this style is that you can be as extreme as you like, the more regal and decadent the better, after all every Englishman is the King of his castle!
- Most importantly have fun with your room, you have to live in it and this way you will be more satisfied with the result. Make sure you personalise your room and make it work for you, use photographs and personal nick-naks to achieve this.
This article is written by Rachael Murdoch on behalf of Custom Curtains, online retailers of curtains and cushions.
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