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Be Proud Of Your Heritage 2 – English Tudor Style

This decorating style takes us back – way back to the time of Tudor rule from the late 15th century to the early 17th century. Even though this style began all those years ago, the trend still exists today in what is known as Tudor-Revival. This is loved for its refined and elegant look, often distinguished by its dark furniture, antiques and rich coloured palettes. Although this style is suitable for all rooms of the house – it really shines in living rooms and dining rooms. Want to find out more? Read our advice for getting the look!

· Decorating styles in early times were mostly determined by the wealth of the home owner – with more options and a better style only available to those of middle or upper class. Thankfully, these days we can get any look we want on a budget! Colours that were used in the most stylised Tudor homes included deep ruby reds, sapphire blues with lighter blues and rich oranges. If you want to perfect this look then purchase curtain fabrics online, upholstery and antique pieces that carry one or more of these colours. Walls were often left quite simple with warm neutrals such as beige or off-whites. You could go for a bolder look by choosing a ruby red or sapphire blue to bring attention to feature walls.

· In a traditional Tudor home, the ground floor would have stone, slate or marble floors and hardwood wooden floors (dark) were used on the higher floors. Whatever you choose from these options – you can add more warmth by dressing up with floor rugs and runners. To the ceiling, you have an advantage with exposed wooden beams in a dark wood but you won’t lose out if you don’t have this feature (enthusiasts can have them put in by a professional).

· Richly coloured tapestries are a key element to this English style and are used to add interest to bare walls. Window treatments were also dressed elegantly with pencil pleat curtains using brocade, velvet or any other luxurious fabric that would add elegance to your windows – go for your favourite warm hue.

· Furniture is dark wood with decorative carving; look out for engraved panels, dovetail joins and vintage/antique hardware. Leaded glass is another option to look out which was used from windows, cabinet fronts and front doors. Canopy beds were common to add grace in the Tudor bedroom and the textile of choice for upholstery and bedding was velvet – buy velveteen for a cheap update to dining chairs or to make decorative cheap cushion covers for the bed.

· Finishing touches may include some or all of the following – wrought iron candlesticks, dark green glass pieces, pewter wall sconces, brass platters and goblets, chandeliers and pictures in decorative wooden frames.

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