Victorian Decor Ideas - Nancy Lancaster Inspiration - OKA
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Nancy Lancaster
Nancy Lancaster

Nancy Lancaster

Great design is timeless, as proven by Nancy Lancaster’s continued influence on present day interior design. A bold pioneer of the English Country House style, she dispensed with the rigid grandeur of the Victorian age through her clever use of colour, lightness of touch and refusal to be constrained by tradition. Inspired by her unique style, we’ve designed a 21st century country house for relaxed and easy entertaining.

Living Room

Nancy Lancaster - Living Room

Nancy Lancaster’s aesthetic was a whimsical mix of grand, bold and dilapidated, all held together in a witty and comfortable way. The living room of this country house is a pared-back version of her inimitable style, with smaller scale sofas, a bare floor and a neutral colour palette (bar splashes of colour on lamps, flowers and console tables) taking centre stage in a room designed for endless chatter. Detailed embroidery on cushions alongside beautifully carved and curvaceous pieces help to add a feminine touch.

Dining Room

Nancy Lancaster - Dining Room

Nancy’s life was about entertaining her endless relations and vast amount of friends in beautiful surroundings. There’s plenty of room – not to mention lots of style – in this dining room; an oval-ended, extendable dining table in dark, polished wood delivers both form and function, whilst smart tableware completes the sophisticated look.

Nancy Lancaster - Dining Room


Entrance Hall / Dining Area

Adapting rooms – turning a hall into a dining room for example – was part of Nancy’s unique approach. This round table is ideal for both scenarios: paired with horseshoe-shaped chairs, it is a place for intimate dinner parties, and used alone, it acts as a focal point in this expansive space.

Nancy Lancaster - Entrance Hall / Dining Area

Adapting rooms – turning a hall into a dining room for example – was part of Nancy’s unique approach. This round table is ideal for both scenarios: paired with horseshoe-shaped chairs, it is a place for intimate dinner parties, and used alone, it acts as a focal point in this expansive space.

Nancy Lancaster - Entrance Hall / Dining Area


Bedroom

Nancy Lancaster - Bedroom

Nancy Lancaster’s bedrooms were ornate but clutter-free, with no compromise on comfort. The importance of a well-dressed bed was paramount in the Victorian era – think a pretty headboard, elegant drapes and luxurious bed linen – yet Nancy enjoyed rebelling against the decadence by placing a shabby piece of furniture in a grand room.

Nancy Lancaster - Bedroom


Dressing Room

Dressing rooms should be incredibly aesthetic, ethereal places – just like this one. Delicate hues combined with distressed or antiqued finishes give the impression these pieces have witnessed generations of women sit and apply their make-up at this very dressing table.

Nancy Lancaster - Dressing Room

Dressing rooms should be incredibly aesthetic, ethereal places – just like this one. Delicate hues combined with distressed or antiqued finishes give the impression these pieces have witnessed generations of women sit and apply their make-up at this very dressing table.

Nancy Lancaster - Dressing Room


Bathroom

Nancy Lancaster - Bathroom

Another signature Nancy Lancaster design feature were her pretty and feminine bathrooms, transforming this previously functional and utilitarian space into something welcoming and beautiful. A gilded mirrored side table for bathroom essentials along with a collection of prints grouped together on the wall help to bring light, colour and vibrancy into even the smallest of bathrooms.

Nancy Lancaster - Bathroom