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Design Style Take A-Ways – Part 7 – English Tea

As with many of the interior designs from different countries there is an eclectic mix of styles which are used pending on the age of the house and the occupants’ lifestyles.

Traditional English is usually seen as the quintessential country rose cottage with tea and scones being served on pretty bone china plates and whist this is not associated with take-a-ways for the purpose of bringing you ideas to create an English look in your home in this post, this style will be the staple ingredients!

The cosy country cottage look features chintz and floral curtain fabrics in a mix of different styles and colours which blend together through the designs and soft colour tones. Mixing checks and stripes with floral fabrics is also widely acceptable.

English oak can be seen on both floors and furniture, with rugs used to create a warm and inviting ambience in living rooms. Window dressings are varied, however as many small cottages only have small windows maximising natural light is essential. If privacy is not an issue having a pretty gather fabric pelmet creates a half dressed window look which enables natural light to flood into the room as well as giving occupants unrestricted views to the outside.

These types of pelmets are also useful and used to disguise roller blinds during the day, these are then lowered to provide privacy at night. The rooms are brought together by an abundance of scatter cushions in a variety of different fabrics which compliment or match reupholstered chairs.

This style is very similar to country style American interiors, with the focus being on comfort and family and home made furnishings. With the fabulous range of material available from a fabric warehouse, this style is ideal for those on a budget along with those who like to have hand made items to bring a warmth and a family focused look to their homes.

Modern alternatives to this style include the use of bolder floral fabrics and materials with large blooms, which is on-trend this year, however the size of the pattern needs to be considered carefully otherwise if they are too large they can over power a room and make it feel small, almost to the point of claustrophobic.

Colours should be kept to soft pastels or the latest sherbet tones for a more modern take on the style. Pretty pinks, greens and blues are ideal, with base colours of cream and ivory.

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