Here in England we have some of the most beautiful countryside in the world. There's magnificent rolling hills and striking valleys to shaded forests and peaceful meadows. It's also home to a rich variety of flora and fauna. It’s no surprise then that this abundant landscape has inspired artists and designers for generations and continues to do so today.
Noted figures such as William Morris believed that by bringing nature into one’s home that beautiful timeless interiors could be created that lift the spirits and calm the mind. This could be done in the form of artwork, textiles or wallpaper.
The exquisite array of pastoral designs on offer today leaves us spoiled for choice when decorating our homes. Moving through the seasons, we’ve picked some of our favourites for interior inspiration.
Trees in blossom, birds flitting from branch to branch in search of nesting materials, and the first signs of life at every turn - what’s not to love about spring? Capture this look using a palette of soft greens, pinks, and duck egg blue interspersed with neutral tones. Then choose delicate motifs such as climbing florals, leafy sprays, and grasses to bring a feeling of freshness and life in to your home.
There’s something truly spectacular about the English countryside in the throes of summer. Along riverbanks and country lanes, in fields and forests, flowers emerge in a riot of colour. Meanwhile, the air is filled with the hum of bees and darting zip of dragonflies. Bring the beauty of summertime into your home with charming insect motifs, detailed botanicals, and lush leafy designs. Sun-baked yellows, sky blues, and rich purples work best for this look, but in fact – the more colour, the better!
Though the days may be shorter and the air crisper, autumn in the English countryside is still a sight to behold. For this look, a combination of rich and subtle colours is needed with earthy browns and camo greens, soothing beige and cream tones. These colours perfectly mimic the changes we see in autumn, while creating a warm and inviting space for you to enjoy. Leaf and tree designs are ideal when creating this look, alongside some of our most quintessential autumn visitors - squirrels, deer, and pheasants.
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While the pace of countryside life may slow in the winter, there is still inspiration to be found everywhere. There's frosty hedgerows and dense copses, snowy moorlands and frozen lakes. Dramatic silhouettes are archetypal of a wintery English landscape, and can be played down with icy blues and greys or maximised with darker shades. Florals are less commonly used in this look, but bark textures and stark leafy patterns can be just as beautiful and will add drama to any room. Keep the physical chilliness of the season at bay by using thicker fabrics such as velvet or chenille for truly sumptuous interiors.