Interior Trends: The English Charm Revival

The stella armchair suits a compact space

After a decade of minimalism interior leaders have embraced the English charm revival. Call it neo-traditionalism, but we love the inventive return of highly decorative and personal interiors. Interweaving craft and pattern, classic British style makes for a most inspiring comeback in 2020.

Modern Heirlooms

Poirot chair chintz fabric

Nominated by Dezeen as a top interior trend for 2019, the English charm revival includes plenty of classic fabrics such as paisley and chintz. Think cosy yet opulent and the playful layering of prints. The Poirot armchair featured in chintz are perfect examples of how this revival works within a modern interior.

Eclectic Style and Playful Patterns

Drew occasional chair

Pattern matching, where the same pattern flows from the wall to upholstered furniture has also made a comeback. Pulling from classic prints adds whimsy especially when applied across walls, curtains and furnishings. Traditional upholstery details such as the Drew armchair’s sofa skirt have also made a return.

Souvenirs of our lives

British style maybe eclectic but it’s anchored in craft. Innovators such as William De Morgan, William Morris and Arthur Lasenby Liberty pioneered English textiles and design. Their passion lives on in such interior leaders as Beata Heuman, Maria Speake and Gabby Deeming. Each have made an art form of layering old with new to create exciting interior stories. Their vision  is not simply a reaction to minimalism. Rather, English charm is a thoughtful response to our desire for heirlooms and personal souvenirs that will tell our story for the long term.

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