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If the clean lines and modern beachy vibes of the coastal grandma aesthetic aren’t your home decor style, then perhaps the beautiful florals and classic gingham prints of English country style are for you.
From bold hues and bold wallpaper prints to ornate oil paintings and toile-covered lampshades, there are many ways to capture the quintessential English country style in your home.
Here are 10 ways to add a touch of English country style to your home.
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1. Gingham and flowers make up the bed
Classy English country style isn’t about simplicity – it’s all about the cute prints of tiny flowers and gingham, especially when it comes to linens.
Make a statement with this check duvet set paired with sheets from Hill House Home. (Yes, the same people behind the Hill House nap dress.)
2. Ginger jars for lining the walls
The delicate blue and white vases, also known as Ginger Jars, are the key to the chic English country style of the home. The original ornate design of these vessels was used to transport spices in ancient China. Later, decorative vessels were exported to Europe and became a hallmark of English home design.
Now you can find replicas of these accessories and use them to dress up the mantle or stage them on a bookshelf. The cobalt blue and crisp white are surprisingly versatile and blend seamlessly with any decor.
Pick up the Artistic Accents Temple Jar at Home Goods for $50
3. A modern take on the classic oil painting
Yes, the English country house style also loves a picture wall. Start your own art collection with a contemporary painting. This one by Molly Benson, an artist working in the English countryside, features kitchen favorites like avocados and oranges.
Your use of vibrant colors will brighten up your space and draw the attention of everyone who walks through your home.
Get the Oranges & Avocados Wall Art at Anthropologie for $278
4. Give character to the walls
You’ll find patterns popping off the walls of English country houses. Sticking designs with bright flowers or a menagerie of animals will breathe new life into your walls.
Rifle Paper Co. has ventured beyond stationery into home decor with cheerful wallpaper. Beautiful hydrangeas bring spring into your home all year round. For a more classic design, this menagerie print is reminiscent of traditional toile style.
5. Carpets of flowers to decorate your floors
English country style is about enhancing every inch of your home, so don’t forget the floors. Cover your living space with ornate rugs such as a traditional oriental rug or an expansive floral pattern.
This vintage floral rug has an antique charm. It comes in a wide range of sizes so it can cover any area you want. It’s a sneaky way to add extra design elements for true maximalist style.
Get the Safavieh Vintage Morven Floral Area Rug at Walmart starting at $77
6. Plates as decorative as they are functional
A perfectly assembled crockery cabinet with plates makes your crockery look more decorative than functional. However, you want a plate you can eat from and not just look at.
In an English home you will find plates with intricate floral and animal designs. CB2’s Chelsea plates feature illustrations of birds and greenery that grace a range of dishes from dinner plates to soup plates.
Get the Chelsea Dinner Plate at CB2 for $20
7. Let patterned upholstery take over your living room
A unique country approach to furnishing your living room is to replace your coffee table with a plush padded ottoman. Bonus points if it comes in a stunning print.
The classic English look of this stool, with its rich upholstery and decorative wooden legs, is absolutely charming. You can choose the fabric pattern you want, e.g. B. the color Idyllic Days Sapphire, which complements the ginger glasses on display.
If you want a sofa to match, opt for an armless sofa that will complete the look.
8. Embrace rustic furniture in the kitchen
English country style and country style overlap in the kitchen with an expansive, rustic table. A natural wood table with a weathered finish will only look better over time.
Keep the chairs around your table on trend with upholstered dining chairs like these, available in a pretty check pattern with a subtle print.
9. Lampshades to brighten up the room
The lampshades of an English country house should also add some flair. Cute prints on a lampshade can really liven up a room without having to replace the whole lamp.
Small floral prints are an easy way to add that extra something to your lamps.
Get the Amber Lewis Floral Lampshade at Anthropologie from $98
10. Make a splash with saturated, colorful walls
If you’re ready to go full-on with country decor, then it’s time to get those brushes. The English country style home embraces color with poppies covering the walls.
Backdrop does some ultra-vivid colors from a bright lilac to a bright pink. To really capture English charm in your color choices, opt for shades of pink, blue, purple and green. The more saturated the better.
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