10 Ways to Get the Classic British Heritage Look in Your Home

A bit chic, a bit shabby, somewhat colourful and a whole lot quirky… In stark contrast to the minimalist movement, the classic British interior is back in vogue. The Resident checks out 10 ways to get that heritage look

Words: Kara O’Reilly

1 Patterned tiles: There’s been a resurgence in the use of both coloured and patterned tiling in bathrooms and kitchens of late. Give the look longevity by selecting classic tile shapes and muted shades. Retro Metro wall tiles in Green Park, £79 per sq m; Retro Metro skirting tiles, £9.95 each; Boulangerie ceramic tiles in Remi, £75 per sq m; Versailles enamelled cast-iron bath in Top Hat, £1,975; Fitzrovia basin and pedestal, £300, all

2 Neutrals: A timeless palette of neutrals; squidgy, sink-into sofas and plenty of surfaces – from consoles to coffee tables – on which to display treasured possessions: this is the sophisticated urban take on classic country house chic. Brooks low-back 3-seater sofa, £2,425; Airadee mirrors, £845 each; Versailles nested consoles, £1,185 each; Wistow coffee table, £1,195; Chaucer floor lamp, £365, all from

3 Modern heritage: Take a traditional style pattern, update it for the 21st century with unexpected motifs and colours, and you have the new-gen of British wallpaper designs in a nutshell. Lucky Charms wallpaper, £81 per 10m roll,

4 Traditional cabinetry: Forget all those minimalist, sleek, high tech designs. Some of the chicest current kitchen looks are based on the sort of cabinetry you would spot in a National Trust property. Think framed doors, butcher’s blocks and wooden dressers… Bespoke kitchen, from £60,000,

5 Natural colours: Don’t be cautious of colour – it brings a joie de vivre to your surroundings and instantly adds impact to a room. Look to nature to be inspired by unexpected colour combos such as bold greens and peony pinks. Highlight stripe in Leather; Walls in Pea Green; Skirting and Panelling in Obsidian Green; from £42 for 2.5 litres absolute matt emulsion, and £59 for 2.5 litres intelligent eggshell, all

6 Cocktail hour: The current crop of contemporary furniture companies make more than a passing nod to classic pieces for inspiration. One of the nicest revivals of recent years has been the cocktail chair, particularly when it is used to introduce a pop of bold colour into a room scheme. Calvin armchair in mustard yellow velvet and linen, £399,

7 Grey scale: Historic paint colours are still very much in vogue, with Farrow & Ball leading the pack. Pair complementary hues – in this case, soft greys – using one to pick out any interesting architectural details in a space, from cornicing to columns. Peignoir and Worsted estate emulsion, from £43.50 per 2.5litres, and estate eggshell, from £60 per 2.5 litres, all

8 More is more: Be inspired by historic collections for ways of displaying your favourite bits and pieces. This is one of those cases when more is more – whether it’s a cluster of vessels in tonal colours, or wall-filling lines of framed engravings. Contrast the olde world look with a modern addition such as this Umbra hand-knotted Tibetan wool rug by Paul Smith, from £940 per sq m,

9 Utility: The traditional utility rooms such as walk-in larders, boot rooms and libraries are all making a reappearance in interior schemes. This time round they are upgraded in bespoke designs and luxe finishes. Bespoke pantry made from Longford cabinetry, kitchens from £40,000,

10 Feature furniture: The revival of feature piece upholstered beds has the additional benefit of allowing some flexibility as to where they can be positioned in a bedroom – whether in front of a window or completely freestanding – in the process freeing up wall space for essential storage and display purposes. Churchill tweed bed, from £8,050,


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