As one of the most-loved shows of the decade airs on our screens for the final series, we show how you can easily recreate Downton Abbey-inspired interiors in your own home - without the need for a household of servants.
Balance is at the heart of post-Edwardian interiors, be it considered use of colour alongside paler hues, or rich mahogany furniture lifted through the use of stone flooring and mirrors. Such equilibrium serves to fashion a sense of elegant grandeur. Design schemes in the Downton era were a far cry from the pared-back Scandi style of today. Bright colours were a firm favourite for walls, along with plenty of paintings. If you’ve yet to commission your family portrait, a set of botanical prints will certainly breathe life into your room.
Living rooms or ‘parlours’ were formal yet comfortable, so choose pieces with a distinctive design in neutral shades, such as the stately Cumulus Sofa (on which you can practice your perfect Dowager Countess glower). The style is eclectic, with antique and contemporary furniture seen in equal measure. Should you not have any heirlooms to hand, we’ll let you into a secret: choose a deliberately distressed rug that looks like a priceless antique - such as the Valois – to cheat your way to Downton style.
Lavish entertaining forms a central part of the Downton lifestyle. Ensure your dining space is up to scratch with cutlery and glassware that’s been polished until it gleams. If your butler is having a day off, set an ice bucket and refreshments on a butler’s tray so your guests can serve themselves at their leisure. Creating ambience is essential so ensure you have plenty of candle holders to bathe the room in a warm and flattering glow.
The importance of a well-dressed bed is paramount to getting the Downton look. Combine a headboard with elegant drapery to create a feeling of decadent romance. Treat yourself to a luxurious night’s sleep with our Huguenot Bed Linen, which features delicate embroidery detail. What’s great is that this bed linen doesn’t require ironing, meaning you can do without the maidservant.
Looking for more design inspiration to create an authentic Downton Abbey interior? Visit Highclere Castle, home of the real Downton Abbey, which is only a short drive from both our Froxfield and Abingdon shops.
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