Setting up British home is synonymous with plushy, urban, elegant, extravagant or even cool. In such interiors, rationality, tradition and modernity, luxuriant and minimalist mingles in a unique way.
Stylish living means for the distinguished Londoner to create an atmosphere that evokes the appearance of inherited furniture. The collecting passion of the British often carries eccentric flowers. Flea markets, antique markets and auction houses quench hunger for the unusual. The old and the new merge in a very clever way. Furniture from all epochs from Gregorian to Victorian to Edwardian are casually juxtaposed to awaken through this style break deliberately the appearance of an inherited family estate and put the beloved old piece of furniture in the center of the establishment. Even the newer furniture is not spared to have an “antique” piece as quickly as possible.
Bold color combinations, concoctions and a conglomeration of different furniture styles are in keeping with the urge for inherited look. In addition to pieces of furniture from various eras, the London markets and flea markets also offer art, kitsch and decorative items. These are placed in small, harmoniously decorated living environments in the right light, such as on a side table, a wall shelf or around the fireplace.
It gets even trickier in the design, if added to the extravagant furniture collection nor the pattern mix of wallpaper, curtains, covers and carpets. Setting up British requires a lot of sensitivity and empathy, because there are no clear rules for color and deco schemes. Often coincidence plays a part in the combination of patterns, colors and materials. But sometimes a monochrome large area picks up the color of a pattern. Or large pieces of furniture combined with small decorative elements. This usually creates a harmonious overall picture. The more the patterns differ, the easier their compilation will be.
The apparent chaos, however, has an inner order, so even at first glance seemingly overburdening rooms seldom appear disharmonious. Symmetry is the magic word according to which everything is usually aimed at in the design of the living space. Even in detail, this desire for symmetry continues, so that candlesticks, picture frames, vases and figures are preferably bought in pairs.
Each traditional British living room has a sofa next to tables and benches at different heights, as well as a wingback chair. Often the furniture has small wheels, so they can easily be moved. In such a wing chair you can enjoy the bright light placed by the window during the day and in the evening the warmth of the fire in front of the fireplace. With a cup of fragrant tea – all in British.