With the ever increasing popularity of minimalist and contemporary interiors it is no surprise that trends are emerging in the industry that break away from the new norm and offer interior lovers the chance to embrace something more traditional. In stark contrast to modern design, in recent years we have spotted historic trends making waves in the industry. Thanks to popular period dramas such as the behemoth Downtown Abbey, ITV’s current Victoria series and even the latest television adaptation of War & Peace, historic aristocratic design is on the mind of the nation and elements of these traditional styles are appearing more and more in designer’s new collections.
A fabulous trend for good old-fashioned British flamboyancy and eccentricity, the look is most reminiscent of the numerous stately homes located throughout the country where bold styles are perfectly at home in the large spaces. The look is now being reimagined for more typical abodes and stately home inspired designs for all types of interiors are becoming increasingly popular. A largely patterned look, there are a few basics to consider when trying to achieve this look in the modern age. Whilst clashing patterns can at times look overwhelming, this trend is a wonderful way to experiment with mixed prints as long as the fundamentals are in place first.
A key material apparent in stately home interior styles is wood, which forms the perfect backdrop to the antique-style prints. Whether in the form of stained wooden flooring, or wall panelling, wooden elements are an excellent base for the grandiose look. Block wall colours are also a must if you are looking to incorporate stately home style with bright white or rich dark tones such as navy being particularly effective. With these fundamentals in place it’s time to start adding the classic prints that really bring the design to life.
Prints found in stately homes are usually vast and varied, with inspiration sourced from across the world. From delicate chinoiseries to ornate antique toned florals, the traditional designs from decades and even centuries ago have now been reimagined for contemporary audiences and made into modern wallpapers, fabrics and soft furnishings. Damasks and other traditional motifs such as baroque designs lend themselves perfectly to this trend and add a touch of drama and opulence wherever placed. Florals can be a tricky look to accomplish in the home but are a fabulous way to really achieve stately home flair.
The rich tones of more historic designs such as those by Morris & Co are classical of the style however modern florals from the likes of Designers Guild offer a modern twist on the traditional floral and can also give a striking stately home effect for those that prefer brighter shades. The beauty of this style is the ability to blend an assortment of patterns and the feel of excess is what so noticeably sets it apart from many looks of the moment. From layering different florals in rugs, cushions and curtains, to blending ikats, damasks and touches of oriental design, stately home style allows you to get creative in the home and embrace a more indulgent look.