For a style that brings together traditional and eclectic pieces, consider going for the new Victorian look in your home. Traditional furniture is key to this trend - it's perfect if you have inherited pieces in dark wood or own salvaged junk-shop finds. Mix a rich colour palette with eclectic accessories and bold patterns. Choose a traditional flock wallpaper as the starting point for this scheme. Opt for a luxurious paper in a wine or plum colourway that will create a striking backdrop to your furniture and accessories.
2/10 Traditional bedroom with brass bed and green wall
A heritage-inspired scheme is not only reserved for traditional schemes. Here a dusky-green wall, a brass bedstead and tartan accents give this room a contemporary townhouse feel. With the scene watched over by a painting of the Duke of Wellington, there's certainly a more masculine air to this bedroom.
3/10 Highland home office with country-inspired accents
Create a cosy Highland hideaway with colours inspired by the Scottish landscape. Pale natural woods and simple plaid fabrics gives a modern twist to a classic country style. Tartan panels make a great alternative window treatment and a trestle craft table completes the rustic look.
4/10 Wood-clad living room with tartan armchair
Here, a check wool upholstered armchair is teamed with cosy cushions for a relaxed aesthetic. Create juxtaposition by pairing it with rustic, wood-clad walls, logs, a glass pendant and traditional wood burning stove. After all, an upholstered chair beside the fire is the perfect place to read at night in this cosy country living room.
5/10 Traditional living room with stag print
Plain wool and tartan upholstered furniture make this living room formal but cosy, while a game-print wallpaper gives it a uniquely British-eccentric look. Include a host of salvaged finds, such as this bookcase and console table to complete the olde-worlde look.
6/10 Equestrian themed hallway
Light and airy, with the addition of personality and character, this new take on a heritage country style is about beauty rather than the formality. Horses adorn the wallpaper and fabrics while leather, chrome and tweed complement the look.
7/10 Traditional living room wood burning stove
Classical busts and ornate architectural features have been teamed with an open fireplace and deep, comfortable armchairs upholstered in relaxed check fabric to create welcoming feel in this traditional living room. Positioning the seating around the fireplace lends a cosy feel to the room, while a large mirror, positioned above the mantlepiece, enhances the sense of space.
Similar wood burning stove
8/10 Country dining room with wooden chairs
There's something about brickwork and wooden beams - it automatically embues a space with a sense of history or gravity. The preservation of the original architectural features are key to this classic scheme. Introduce bursts of bright colour for a modern update that is bang-on-trend.
9/10 Yellow traditional living room with tartan upholstery
One of the biggest trends for this season is refined rustic Highland - think tartans and checks, but instead of traditional reds and greens, use a more subtle neutral palette. In a living room start with a hero chair in a classic tartan fabric and add curtains, cushions and a footstool in a variety of other checks to keep co-ordinated, but not overly matchy.
10/10 Classic country bedroom with gilt frames
Decorating your country manor or period property needn't be a conundrum. Get the heritage look for less by heading down to your local antiques market. They will usually have an array of vintage-inspired gilt frames and portraits to boot. To effortlessly create a period feeling, mix traditional pieces with rich tones and ensure cosy throws in plaid are on hand.
Similar gilt frames
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Thea Babington-Stitt is the Assistant Editor for Ideal Home. Thea has been working across some of the UK’s leading interiors titles for nearly 10 years.
She started working on these magazines and websites after graduating from City University London with a Masters in Magazine Journalism. Before moving to Ideal Home, Thea was News and Features Editor at Homes & Gardens, LivingEtc and Country Homes & Interiors.
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