English Country

A white themed interior space done to perfection using delicate items that blend perfectly to create a warm and inviting environment.

Madison Plan in Alpharetta, Ga., by Edward Andrews Homes.

An English Country design is perfect for the homeowner looking to combine the best of both dressy and casual. A toile-patterned wallpaper works well with this theme by evoking a warm and historic feel, but adding a few modern and interesting motifs help keep the mood light and personal. Colors usually stay warm and natural: faded golds, yellows, pinks, greens, lilacs, blues and whites. When choosing furniture, keep an eye out for classic, upholstered pieces like a button-tufted sofa. Patterns can vary from chintz, the most common, to checks, muted stripe, and florals, with strong carpets displayed throughout the home. When opting for the non-upholstered furniture, stick to traditional woods like mahogany or walnut and don’t be afraid to mix and match. If you’re looking for a minimalist design, English Country is not for you. The best designs feature copious amounts of collections: lots of china, overstuffed bookshelves and art pieces. For a classic look, try adorning the walls with large and opulent portraits or paintings with canine and equestrian motifs. And to add in a little light, stick with traditional lighting fixtures like table and floor lamps, chandeliers and sconces.

Distinguishing Elements:
• Warm and natural color palette 
• Classic, upholstered furniture
• Mixed patterns (chintz, checks, strips, florals)
• Dark woods
• Various collection accessories
• Large paintings on display

Drew Knight is a freelance writer for Builders Digital Experience (BDX). You can find him online at LinkedIn.

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