5 Ideas for an English Country Inspired Living Room Decor
Looking for an inexpensive and easy way to change up your home decor? You’re not alone! A living room refresh is one way to experiment with a new style in a way that is affordable and still stylish.
Living rooms are so well suited to the English Country-style decor, which favours comfortable fabrics and cozy furnishings. For the minimalists, you can do some much with just a few luxurious pieces in beautiful, vintage inspired colours. For the maximalists, the more the merrier! Pile on the colours, patterns and prints for an eclectic and relaxed vibe.
Read on for our top 5 tips on where to start!
Lots of books
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Books are an underrated way to bring colour and warmth to a room. They create an inviting “lived in” look that is pleasing to the eye. They also add personality and sets the tone that your living room is the place for rainy afternoons, paging through your favourite novels with a cup of tea. Books are also relatively cheap to collect. If you have a wall lacking purpose, why not bring in some floor-to-cieling bookshelves and start collecting?
Collecting books is also a fun hobby and a pleasant activity to do on holiday. If you don’t know where to begin, write down a list of your interests (art, music, fashion, etc) and search for interesting and unusual books in second-hand bookshops and markets when you travel.
2. Sumptuous fabrics
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An elevated English country look can be achieved through soft furnishings. The key word is Layer - layer vintage rugs over floors, piles of cushions and throws on the sofa and curtains with plenty of fabrics. If traditional florals are not your thing, stick to patterns and colours which clash pleasingly - faded warm browns and oranges, dusty pinks and reds. Think about nice soft textures as well, velvets and worn leather in warm tones. Not only will your living room look appealingly cozy but it will be an inviting place to relax in.
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Bring the outside in with plenty of green plants and cut flowers. Plants bring life into rooms that can otherwise be a bit lifeless. Most are easy to maintain. Plants that need light will also look pleasing lining a windowsill. Aside from plants, cut flowers are not expensive nowadays and can really brighten a room. Stay away from dated bouquets with lilies or carnations and look for flowers that are less stuffy and more indicative of the English countryside - lilacs, peas blossom, droopy peonies, and so on. This is an especially nice touch if you have guests over. They will not only make the room look better but will hopefully make it smell nice too.
4. Modern Art + Vintage Furniture
Some might be worried that an English country style decor will date quickly and look tired and old-fashioned. Or you might have some more modern pieces that you love and don’t want to get rid of. In fact, you can avoid looking dated or old-fashioned by blending in more contemporary pieces with vintage decor for an eclectic look. It also makes it easy to change things up again in the future.
One way to start with this is by combing modern artwork and wall art with your vintage furnishings. The juxtaposition of more minimal art with older and more classical furniture can look really interesting. Not everything will look “right” together and it may take a bit of time to find out what works and what doesn’t.
5. Some classic London Photography Prints