As we head towards spring a lighter, fresher look is starting to emerge throughout our homes – and it hails from across the pond.

The ‘New England’ look is based on the classic clapboard houses of America’s East Coast and is all about blending seaside style with comfort.

Think exposed floorboards, painted wood panelling and soft furnishings featuring checks and stripes in subtle shades.

Versions of this look have graced pages of all spring’s hottest magazines, and the Interiors UK show at Birmingham’s NEC showcased plump sofas and accent chairs in lemon, pale blue and lavender shades with masses of cushions.

Start with your floor. If you’re lucky enough to have hardwood floor boards, simply sand them down, wax them and allow the natural beauty of the wood to shine through. If not either cheat with a wood-effect floor tile or choose a soft carpet in a neutral shade.

Either way every house needs a bit of designer style, so give the Calvin Klein Sahara rug in gravel a good home. Hand tufted wool in a timeless palette is given an extra touch of luxury with silk accents.

Bright white doors and skirting-boards may look harsh against the earthy tones of this look, so choose an ivory or off-white shade instead.

The Annalisa sofa group from Barker and Stonehouse is the epitome of New England chic – a contemporary collection of sofas and armchairs in a beautiful range of duck egg fabrics.

We particularly like the striped version of the two seater sofa and accent chair but you can mix and match to create your ideal look, with a matching sofabed and footstool also available.

White painted or waxed-wood furniture will complement this range, with accessories restricted to natural fabrics such as rope and driftwood.

The large Earlston square mirror has a bleached old pine frame for a relaxed, rustic look.

Walls should be either wood panelled and painted off white, or dressed in palest duck egg. Graham and Brown’s Ever After wallpaper  is the ideal colour.

Country cottage dining ranges, like the Carisbrooke or Ercol Pinto will be completely at home in a New England setting.

We love the Carisbrooke dining chairs with turned legs and padded seats but you could also paint plain dining chairs in an assortment of pastel colours to put your own stamp on the look.

Finally earth stones and elements are a big part of this trend so introduce some stone and reclaimed wood accessories, such as the Cadiz polystone pendant light and Dock wooden column table lamp – both from Barker and Stonehouse.

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