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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.