British Style

British Style

Darren Palmer has a broad portfolio, having studied fine art & graphic design, originally working in advertising and owning his own graphic design company. After succumbing to his true passion, Darren now operates his own interior design studio and has been a judge on numerous seasons of The Block.

Nowhere is quite as picturesque as the British countryside in autumn: cottages nestled in the heart of the Cotswolds, gothic Scottish manors in the wild Highlands, traditional farmhouses set amongst the rolling hills of Yorkshire. And if Great Britain’s great outdoors is looking magnificent, indoors things are just as impressive, with the UK’s quintessential country charm emanating everything associated with fall setting in – warmth, comfort and cosy nights spent on the sofa. Here are Carpet Court’s tips on recreating the best of British this autumn.

A timeless base

A timeless base

Your flooring sets the tone for the rest of the space, so begin shaping your British style from the bottom up. Wide beamed timber in warmer shades like the Sydney Blue Gum or deep Jarrah available within Carpet Court’s Quick-Step Ready Floor range complement the favoured UK palette of burgundy, navy, cream, khaki and ocre. For a space that’s extra snug, layer up with a chunky handwoven rug; the Venice rug in Light Beige from our new Naturals Collection is 100% wool and works beautifully atop wooden floors.

Play with pattern

When it comes to pattern, UK interiors are traditional and eternally impactful. Upholster statement furniture, like high-backed armchairs and footrests, with tartan, gingham or tweed; offset dogtooth printed cushions against a plainer sofa, or bring herringbone prints, quite literally, to the table by positioning our monochrome Carnac rug under dining sets. And if you’re feeling particularly experimental, go all out Brit with a chintz suite or bedspread.

Class up your glass 

Add drama to your living and bedroom spaces with floor length drapes in heavy materials – and don’t forget the fabric pelmet to really nail that British character. In kitchens, plantation shutters give windows an instant, cottage-style makeover that look the part and do a great job of retaining heat when the evenings become a little cooler.

British accents

The devil is in the detail for getting British style spot on, so make sure you select your accessories bearing “quality over quantity” in mind. Go for items worthy of a royal family home, like sumptuous fabrics in velvet and silk, exquisite porcelain plates and antique-style lamp stands with ornate shades. When choosing metals, tarnished brass will give any room an accent of British character and can be incorporated in a variety of forms, from gilt mirror frames and candle holders, to four-poster bed frames and tapware.