Have you ever been into a stately home and fallen in love with the elegance and richness of the interior? Heavily decorated rooms with large dark pieces of furniture and gloriously deep burgundy rugs. High walls covered in gold edged works of art. These homes are full of very expensive works of arts and stuffed animal heads, but you can have a little bit of old world class, for a fraction of the budget.
The first thing to consider is paint. Companies such as Farrow & Ball are renowned for their chalky elegant feel. Even the paint names become a talking point with colours such as ‘Elephant’s Breath’ and ‘Slipper Satin’ using this brand gives you a touch of class but it isn’t cheap. F&B paints will set you back around £40 for a 2.5 litre tin and whilst paint is an area we would recommend splashing a little cash on, there are some alternatives if you simply don’t have the budget. Hemsley do a small range of ultra flat matt colours which give the same quality finish as F&B but at £11 per 2.5 litres.
One piece of statement furniture is the key to giving a room a large dollop of class and you can’t get more stately home on trend than a beautiful Chesterfield sofa. These sofas come with an incredibly heritage and have also been given a modern twist. Consider heavy colours such as oxblood or a rich dark chestnut if you want to really make a statement. Or lift a room by going with a lighter grey fabric. Whatever you choose just make it dramatic.
Most of us don’t want to mimic the look of imposing stag heads hanging on our living room walls, however there is something about these gruesome trophies which evoke a feeling of exuberant country living. Interior designer Abigail Ahern twists things up by using animal busts in her lighting range, which can be bought in high street department store Debenhams. If you want a more gothic feel then a few crystal skulls dotted around can give a little drama. Get some inspiration from our blog on fun features for your home!
Depending on your own style think about a statement rug, you can go with a rich patterned number like these from IKEA or a little twist on the tiger skin rug with either a argentinian cowhide or a faux sheepskin rug.
Candles were the main form of lighting back in the early years of Downton Abbey so invest in some large chunky church candles, if you are worried about young children or safety, there are some fabulous battery powered candles that even give off the flicker of the real thing.
Whatever your budget and whatever your style it’s easy to give your house a little piece of opulence. Whether you go full on alternative or stick to a more contemporary feel, you can curl up and enjoy the feeling of true classic heritage. Have fun!