We are setting up our new home and thought of decorating our living room the English way. It’s not so hard to tell that English rooms requires vibrant designs. Flowers do a main make up to make a room an English country style. But of course, you have to choose an era. I am still not knowledgeable when it comes to different eras. Once I see a design, I just know it’s English. That’s all. While I was surfing the net for English interior designs, I stumbled upon this article from www.e-how.com: (i took the image from e-how.com also)
# step 1
Select furniture that represents many styles and eras, from Chippendale to Queen Anne and Sheraton to Victorian. Traditional should dominate. Oriental influences may exert themselves strongly, either in the style – as with turned-bamboo wood spindles – or with lacquered Oriental finishes. Also consider painted landscapes, a Queen Anne table or a Chippendale highboy.
# Step 2
Use primarily wood furniture in the living room – a traditional-style secretary, sideboard, lowboy, bookcase and sofa table. Oak, pine, mahogany and walnut are all popular choices.
# Step 3
Choose soft and cushy sofas, love seats and chairs so that you sink down into the seating – down cushions are ideal. Pillows, rolled arms and slipcovers fit right in, as does floral upholstery in subdued colors.
# Step 4
Consider a butler’s table or a tea table with pull-out trays for your coffee table. For a more casual look, an old trunk or Chinese chest (carved or lacquered) with a glass top also fits the bill.
# Step 5
Pick end tables from a simple Sheraton, curvaceous Queen Anne or block-front Chippendale style. The tables can be mismatched. A drop-leaf table can be pushed against the wall as a console or look great in a bay window.
# Step 6
Cover windows with floor-length drapes that are loaded with gathers and match some of the upholstery in the room.
# Step 7
Anchor the room scheme with a graceful faded and worn Oriental or Aubusson area rug.
# Step 8
Choose knickknacks from Asia, Africa or other parts of the former British Empire. Achieve a look that is pleasantly cluttered. Traditional English collectibles include old china (Oriental-influenced Blue Willow designs are typical), lead crystal, silver and an abundance of framed pictures.
# Step 9
Embellish the mantel with candlesticks, china figurines (possibly Staffordshire dogs), a picture or framed mirror, dried or fresh flowers, and a clock.
# Step 10
Light the room with traditional china or metal base lamps.