Make an English Country Sitting Room


William Yeoward, a London interior designer and author of Blue & White and Other Stories, believes that there is one thing that “makes” England look great: “Don’t try too hard.” This gathering space in a Sussex farmhouse from 18th century features a mixture of “smart strips” with a touch of British eccentricity. To achieve a happy mix, rather than a chaotic mess, it is important to stick to a traditional color palette like these Union Jack hues. The designer says that blue and white can be happy together but that a little bit of red can make a difference. He also explains his love for accentuating cooler colors with rosy accents. What is the result? “Totally timeless.”

Here are some ideas to bring the look into your home.

Classic Fabrics

We have no problem with stripes. They add warmth to a space, especially when paired with other patterns like ikats (or checks). A cohesive look is possible by sticking to neutral blues, whites and off-whites with red accents.

Patchwork Pride

It would take forever to stitch together carpet castoffs and make a boho-style rug. The same nonconformist underfoot note is evident in this hand-knotted Indigo number.

Maidenhair Fern

These houseplants often require high-end pampering. Silk versions reward you with green leaves that are as delicate as the Duchess Of Sussex’s wedding veil.

Global Table

This portable side table is ideal for Earl Grey (or G&T), and it’s hand-crafted from solid wood. It was inspired by tribal ceremonial stool designs.

Throw Pillow

How can you make your sofa reupholstered look even more fashionable? You will need a range of pillows that are comfortable and come in a variety colors and patterns.

Striped Wingback

This armchair is made of solid wood and ash feet, with chrome nailhead trims and flared arms.

Black Lamp

The room would look stale if it didn’t have a dark silhouette. This hammered-bronze-finish lamp does the job right, lightened up with a linen shade.

Rolled-Arm Chair

This leggy club chair is worthy of the Bloomsbury group. It can withstand a spill thanks to its durable polyester upholstery.

Creamware Platter

This porcelain is both microwave- and dishwasher-safe, which would have been a dream for the grannies of old.

Step-Back Dresser

A country cottage requires a sturdy hutch. This solid-pine model features a prep area and display shelves. There’s also a place for bulky serving pieces. It also has three raised-panel doors that can conceal anything.

Modern Accent

This Queen Anne-style sidetable measures just 20 inches in height and is made of sleek black acrylic. It is also very solid and weighs a substantial 50 pounds.