5 Ways To Add Traditional British Style To Your Home

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Matt Deighton, Managing Director at the bespoke furniture specialist Sofas by Saxon, shares his tips on how to inject a dash of classic British style into your home.

British interior design is admired all over the world. So, when you’re thinking about updating your home décor, you don’t have to look far for inspiration.  Here are five ways in which you can embrace and incorporate British style within your living space.


1 Embrace your home’s period features
A huge aspect of British style is making the most of what you have and, as the UK isn’t short of houses with a lot of history, it’s likely you’ll have plenty to work with. Victorian, Georgian, and Edwardian homes typically have sought-after period features, such as open fireplaces, ceiling beams, and bay windows. If you’re lucky enough to have any of these, preserving them will help to give your space a true British feel.


2 Invest in traditional furniture
The UK has always produced high-quality furniture and, centuries ago, this would have only been seen in upper- and middle-class houses. However, things are very different now, and it’s possible for anyone to buy quality traditional furniture — the luxury is no longer exclusive to the wealthiest of families.

I would recommend opting for pieces with a timeless look. A great example of this is the Chesterfield sofa — they have a rich history, but are versatile enough to look fantastic in almost any living room. They’re considered to be exceptionally stylish, and are very comfortable to boot.


3 Use an eclectic range of colours
If there’s one thing British style isn’t, it’s boring. So, don’t be afraid to add a splash of colour to your space. There’s a range of ways in which you can do this, from hanging art on your walls, to placing a few carefully-chosen cushions on your sofa. Just make sure the pieces you choose complement your existing colour scheme.


4 Incorporate classic textiles
Tweed, tartan, and patterned knits — Britain’s classic textiles are iconic. So, incorporating these into the design of your home is bound to give it a cosy and traditional feel.

If you want to add a hint of these textiles to your space, use cushions, throws, and decorative accessories. But, if you would rather go all out, you could even have feature pieces like a sofa or dining room chairs recovered to suit your taste. Whether you opt for a bold tartan settee, or an understated tweed rug, these will do a fantastic job of adding a dash of traditional British style to your home.


5 Show a bit of culture
No British home is complete without a bit of culture, and you can add this to your home by displaying books and art around your space. Not only will this look great, but it will allow you to express your personality, and offer a talking point when any guests stop by.

Loading up your bookshelves, placing a couple of coffee table books around your living room, and hanging some beautiful artwork on your walls is a great way to give your home a quintessential British look.

By taking these tips onboard, you’ll be able to transform your home into a cosy space that you’re proud of. It will have plenty of personality, and will exude the classic British style we all love so much.

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