british style design

Harmony of space and time


Among recent design trends, it is worth investigating a timeless classic, albeit revisited in a contemporary key, which is particularly suitable for setting up elegant and refined workspaces.

We are talking about the British style or English style, a traditional and versatile taste that has crossed the time offering different declinations ranging from Victorian to country-chic, up to industrial urban. An interior design with a new classic flavor, which fits well in the creation of harmonious and refined environments, while maintaining a relatively austere, though never compassionate, mood.

The use of high-quality natural materials is the main standout feature. Wood and glass are the leading elements in the definition of spaces and in the outfitted boiserie.

The partitions in working rooms recall the style of United Kingdom’s old traditions, in which glazed surfaces and bow windows were characterized by a framework that divided the windows into geometric panes. Bricks or rough stone with a rustic effect, as well as wallpapers or fabrics with delicate floral motifs and trompe-l’oeil are ideal for claddings. Exposed beams are either welcome, where the structure makes it possible. As for the color palette, it usually consists of a few pastel or neutral tones making the room cozy and attractive. White is certainly the prevalent color, but Brits also love soft red. When creating more contemporary atmospheres, it is surely possible to experiment with warmer and more intense variants such as cream, salmon, light brown and light blue, while maintaining a rigorous balance in the combination of furnishing elements.

Floors vary from a moderate light-shade parquet covered with classic carpets in burgundy and sugar paper tones, to resin if the aim is to give a more industrial-chic effect. Brass and wrought iron are the materials used for accessories such as handles and hinges. As for furniture, it ranges from the natural color of solid wood to light shades, including shabby chic, with an exquisitely Nordic effect. Definitely well contextualized an iconic Chesterfield sofa, possibly authentic vintage, dressed in dark-chocolate leather.

The walls are often richly adorned with paintings, prints, ceramics and books of various kinds and from different periods, but without ever exceeding the measure, as is characteristic of the British trait. Interiors usually have soft, diffuse lighting. Therefore, rather than a main light source dropping from the ceiling, the finest solution is using wall elements, table lamps and floor lamps, radiating a warm and soft light.