New England design room ideas - 10 of the best

New England style is closely related to Colonial design, which dates back to the 17th Century, when settlers first came to America.

New England style is closely related to Colonial design, which dates back to the 17th Century, when settlers first came to America. Inspired by the architecture and interiors from homes in England, not much changed over the years for New England decor.

When starting your New England room design, keep in mind the uncluttered look of this period. Add rustic touches to a coastal colour scheme to inject your home with some of the original themes of a New England home.

Read on to discover inspirational New England designs for every room in the house and learn how to recreate this striking style in your own home…

1/10 Blue and white coastal bedroom

bedroom with white wall white bed and bedside table

(Image credit: Future PLC/ Simon Scarboro)

This fresh blue and white striped bedding combined with white wood panelled walls and a sisal rug is a perfect example of how to get the design in your own bedroom.

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Buy Now: 
Salcombe Seersucker Stripe duvet set, from £35, John Lewis
Buy Now: Damya Jute rug, £89, la Redoute

2/10 Navy blue and white living room design

living room with white wall and navy blue sofa

(Image credit: Future PLC/ Chris Everard)

The deep blue sofa in this living room creates a contemporary take on a New England design scheme when set against a fresh white backdrop. A bold coastal striped rug ties the room together.

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Buy Now: 
Jade Daybed, £199, Wayfair
Buy Now: Wooden Coffee table, £229, Maisons du Monde

3/10 Coastal-style outdoor guest room

french double doors behind a fence

(Image credit: Future PLC/ Simon Scarboro)

Nautical fabric in red, white and blue is an instantly recognisable New England design staple. The rest of this bedroom scheme is kept white for a laid-back look, with shell accessories adding a pretty finishing touch.

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Buy Now: Lux Model Boat, £109.99, Wayfair
Buy Now: 
Comics Curtain panel, £76.99, Wayfair

4/10 Outdoor dining table

outdoor dining area with wooden table and chairs

(Image credit: Future PLC/ Mark Scott)

An aged wooden table and classic accessories in blue and white designs create a relaxed summer feel on this outdoor beach veranda. An enamel teapot and mug are a smart alternative to melamine picnicware.

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Buy Now: Blue Vintage Style mugs, £10, Not on the High Street

5/10 White, blue and red beach-house style bedroom

beach house style bedroom

(Image credit: Future PLC/ Antony Crolla)

This bedroom design just shouts 'beach house'. The crisp white and blue design palette and patriotic stars and stripes flag lend a wholesome all-American feel to the laid back space.

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Buy Now: Celeste White Four Poster bed, £574, Maisons du Monde
Buy Now: 
Lexington Cotton Poplin Check Duvet cover, £129, Amazon

6/10 White hallway with red and blue accessories

hallway area with white walls and wooden flooring

(Image credit: Future PLC/ Spike Powell)

Painted tongue-and-groove panelling and natural wooden floorboards create a laid-back boathouse feel in this hallway, complemented by a jaunty striped rug. A distressed antique cabinet and white wicker chair complete the design.

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Buy Now: 
Striped Hall Runner, from a selection at Carpet Runners

7/10 White and blue coastal style bedroom

bedroom with white walls and white flooring

(Image credit: Future PLC/ Tim Young)

Light, bright and airy, this relaxed bedroom is the perfect place to unwind. White wooden furniture, plantation shutters and striped blue soft furnishings tick all the boxes for beach-chic design.

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Buy Now: Collection Maximus White Bed Frame, £199.99, Argos

8/10 White and blue seaside-style hallway

hallway with white clapboard walls and hanging pegs

(Image credit: Future PLC/ Emma Lee)

The white clapboard walls, neat row of hanging pegs and nautical design accents create a simple coastal feel in this New England hallway.

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Buy Now: 
Oak Peg Rail, £30, Cox & Cox
Buy Now: Lascelles Greenwich Clock, £80, John Lewis

9/10 Natural storage baskets

natural storage baskets

(Image credit: Future PLC/ Simon Bevan)

Celebrate the timeless design appeal of natural materials and ensure your home stays clutter free by stashing away clutter and laundry in hand-woven baskets and wicker laundry bins.

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Buy Now: 
Paris Laundry Basket, £39, Very

10/10 Blue and white coastal-style dining room

dining room with coastal theme

(Image credit: Future PLC/Nick Pope)

Sisal flooring, a simple white table and chairs covered in ticking fabric all lend a relaxed, summery feel to this New England style dining room. The simple, functional design of the white floor lamp completes the look.

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Buy Now: 
Carl Henson & Son Wishbone Chair, £527, The Conran Shop


Tamara was Ideal Home's Digital Editor before joining the Woman & Home team in 2022. She has spent the last 15 years working with the style teams at Country Homes & Interiors and Ideal Home, both now at Future PLC. It’s with these award wining interiors teams that she's honed her skills and passion for shopping, styling and writing. Tamara is always ahead of the curve when it comes to interiors trends – and is great at seeking out designer dupes on the high street.