Do It Like Downton

Missing your favourite period drama? Find out how to get a grand country look for less

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Calling all Downton fans - are you in mourning at this week's announcement that Downton Abbey series six is going to be the last one? Even with the sweetener of the mention of a film, it's a sad day. Take solace in the fact that you can get that traditional country-house look at home so your world can be forever Downton

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Ditch plain-painted walls and go for damask

This is not a look for magnolia emulsion. A stalwart of grand country houses, damask is the perfect choice when it comes to what to put on your living room walls. Be bold and add warmth with a stately looking gold on red paper or put a more subtle, modern slant on your scheme with this refined design, Josette Dove Grey/White wallpaper, £33 per roll, Laura Ashley. Include some weathered-wood furniture to create an English eclectic feel and stick to plain-upholstered sofas in tactile fabrics for comfort. Try the Chesterfied from SofaSofa.

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Chuck in a bit of chintz


If you're lucky enough to have a big room with high ceilings, a thick-striped wallpaper is timeless. Try the Aliona Stripe Neutral, £16.99 per roll, Layla by Arthouse range, Wallpaperdirect. With this more simple paper, you can go for a floral-upholstered sofa for classic English stately-home style. Blowsy blooms, such as roses, are perfect. Try the Ektorp two-seater sofa in Byvik multicolour, £395, Ikea.

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Live like a lord in your own ‘library'

Perfect for a study, special-effect wallpaper can give you an impressive library look without the hefty investment you'd need for shelves of leather-bound first editions. Try Book Shelf/Bookcase-effect wallpaper (ILW9009), £11.99 per roll (yes, you read that right, £11.99!), I Love Wallpaper, for a low-cost way of creating a cosy retreat where you can escape the rigours of running your estate. Add an oversize wall clock to continue the idea, such as the Battersby, £115, Newgate.

Are you a fan of the grey used on Mr Carson's pantry walls? Find out the exact paints used to paint the sets on Downton Abbey

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Thea Babington-Stitt
Assistant Editor

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.