Giving your home a British interior design twist is about much more than popping a few Union Jack throw cushions on your favourite armchair. British design is all about combining heritage, history and a touch of our famous dry sense of humour. If you want to recreate the look in your own home – but don't quite have the budget to hire a famous interior designer like Alexander James – here's how to do it.
Let your furniture make the statement
The key to great British interiors is keeping your colour palette neutral on the walls and floors. Grey has taken over from magnolia as Britain's favourite neutral wall colour, while dark exposed wood is set to be one of the biggest interior design trends of 2017. Invest in some wood flooring if the ones under your carpets aren't quite up to scratch.
Once you've got your neutral base, you can be a bit more adventurous with the furniture. Chunky wooden pieces, plush dining chairs, and chandelier lighting will all stand out more against your understated background.
African vases, Indian prints and Chinese ornaments are just as much a part of heritage British style as vintage Chesterfield sofas, marble fireplaces and leather armchairs. A few little alternative decorations here and there can really add to the look.
Be a little bit eccentric
A small dash of British humour goes a long way, so don't be afraid to have fun when you're accessorising. A crushed velvet sofa in purple or lime green adds plenty of eccentricity. If you're not quite feeling brave enough, you can get the effect in adding clashing, colourful cushions to a white, black, or grey couch. Dog-shaped table lamps, golden pineapples, and wall-mounted (fake) animal heads can make a big impact if they're the only statement piece in the room.
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