English Country style evokes coziness and a rustic look, with elements drawn from English country homes. The good news is you can get this style without having to relocate to the English countryside! In today’s post, the local remodeling contractors at DreamMaker Bath & Kitchen of Greenville share tips on how to bring English country style into your home.
Think Natural Materials
One of the first things you will notice about English country homes are natural elements like thatched roofs, manicured grounds and lots of greenery. This theme is carried into interior design, with potted plants, natural wood finishes and earthy colors as common design elements. You can be casual or formal with your interior decor: the key is to find balance between the traditional without making your home look stuffy or dated.
Choose Traditional Furniture Styles
English country homes typically feature traditional English furniture styles, such as Victorian or Queen Anne. The look you’re going for with furniture should be well-worn or lived-in yet structurally sound. Antiques are great if you can source them, or you can lightly sand existing furniture to give it a distressed look.
You can also have a local custom furniture maker replicate furniture you might see in an English country home. Oak, mahogany and pine are ideal materials for building large furniture like built-in bookshelves. Brass accents and hardware round out the traditional look.
Choose Nature-Inspired Fabrics & Color Palettes
The nature-inspired theme of English country homes can also influence your choice of colors. Earthy colors like browns and greens complement materials with natural finishes, and give you lots of latitude with your color choices. Sky blue and shades of yellow work as complementary colors. Fabrics that are usually considered dated—chintz and damask, for instance—work especially well in English country homes.
Find Period Pieces
English country homes feature vintage pieces or pieces that are made to look vintage, with details that add a “period” look, such as beamed ceilings and wood floors. Traditional chandeliers and lamps are used instead of the more commonplace recessed lighting. A traditional fireplace can make a big difference.
Let’s Start a Conversation!
DreamMaker Bath & Kitchen of Greenville offers a wide range of professional home remodeling services. To get started with a no-obligation consultation, call us at (864) 214-0296 or contact us online! We serve homeowners in Greer, Mauldin, Simpsonville and the surrounding communities.