How to Decorate in the Old English Country Style

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Old English Country style captures the feeling of past generations and helps define a comfortable home with old-time charm. The essence of this style of decorating can be accomplished with a few aged furniture pieces, luxurious fabrics and ambient lighting. Decorating in a true Old English Country style requires patience and authenticity, and it may take years or decades to fill your house with authentic decorative pieces.

  • Incorporate Old English Country interior decorating colors derived from the natural beauty of the countryside. Keep the color pallet subtle and natural; avoid loud or bright colors. Beige or gray stone, dark wood, ivory walls and dark green or red accent colors are ideal. The colors should appear worn down through age; muted gold, faded rose and pea green are natural Old English Country color accents.

  • Know your furniture options. Furniture pieces in this style are mismatched, comfortable and eclectic. Incorporate bamboo wood spindles and lacquered Oriental finishes to bring out the Asian influence. Traditional and delicately carved pine, walnut and mahogany furniture pieces are ideal for formal spaces. Chippendale tables can be arranged in living rooms, home offices and bedrooms. Mix and match Chippendale, Queen Anne and Sheraton tables. Queen Anne wingback chairs and tables are ideal for dining rooms. Each individual furniture piece should appear as though it has been passed down for generations.

  • Add Old English Country style to the windows. Design dramatic window draperies made from luxurious fabrics. Incorporate swag, backed with sheers, fringe, rope tassels and wood shades or blinds. The window treatments should be full and gathered, possibly ruffled. Tiebacks and valances accent the design. The fabrics on the window treatments can be designed to match the fabric on the bedspread, sofa or chair. Do not be afraid to mix and match various fabric accents on lampshades, windows, slipcovers and pillows.

  • Set the mood with soft and ambient lighting. Table lamps, standing lamps, wall sconces, candelabras and crystal or rusted-iron chandeliers are all popular options for the Old English Country style. Create pools of light to glisten off previously hand-rubbed furniture wood carvings. Light the fireplace on brisk fall days to bring the warmth and comfort of a true country home.

  • Accessorize the decor. Gather a bunch of sunny and bright wildflowers and place them on a crockery pitcher to add the organic warmth of nature. Blue china, silver, lead crystal and a generous amount of vintage framed photos and collectibles can be pleasantly cluttered together or used to fill in any design gaps.

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