Tuesday, July 6, 2010

English cottage in LA

English country style requires a darker color palette than you'd find in most contemporary homes. Antiques and modern pieces add together create interest and color. A paper chandelier is over an 1840s French wine-tasting table in the dining room, surrounded by modern wick chairs make a look of comfort and a little eccentric. Floors tend to dark, using browns or red, while walls will make use of patterns – particularly floral patterns, which are used on drapes, cushions and table coverings. Whatever your furniture is made of, make sure it's hard wearing, the best English county rooms have a "lived in" look. . One thing the English county home could never be described as is "minimalist". Ornaments and pictures are on full display in this style of home, so scour your local antiques market for tables, cabinets and dressers which will showcase your collectibles to the best advantage. The look here can be slightly cluttered, but remember that comfort is key. The overall items in your room should be carefully chosen and well-loved, and the room should be warm and welcoming without being too messy or casual. Also adding a roaring log fire and an oak bookcase bursting with books for the perfect look.