An Englishman’s home is his castle and should be decorated as such, but in a tasteful and understated manner – hand polished wood, whip-cord carpet and the light from a traditional sash window – this is classic British style.

And just like this season’s catwalks, interiors are taking on a distinctly tailored look. Soft velvets in beige, brown and sage green are paired with mustard, navy and burnt orange tweeds for a look which is unmistakeably British.

Start with a solid base of beautiful furniture. Barker and Stonehouse has the Victorian inspired Grosvenor collection, meticulously hand-crafted from solid mahogany for that ‘laird of the manor’ look.

Alternatively, the Willard wing bed is an opulent and luxurious centre piece to your bedroom in a stunning biker tan leather. Dressed in a tussar birch double quilt with matching cushions and the velvety softness of the Sheesha scatters, it’s just the right side of decadent.

Like your favourite movie, your favourite song or your favourite tipple – some things just help you to unwind at the end of the day.

Scented candles, a log fire and bookcases stuffed full of classic novels will all promote a relaxing and inspiring space in which to put your feet up and enjoy a quiet moment.

Barker and Stonehouse stocks a variety of sofas handmade by craftsmen right here in Britain and the Hollington collection is a gorgeous range of sofas and chairs which evoke the nostalgia of a simpler time.

Accessories should be traditional yet quirky, such as this stag statue which is an affectionate nod to Britain’s hunting history. Faux fur, such as the absolutely gorgeous Musquash fake fur throw from Barker and Stonehouse in perfectly in keeping with the hunting theme and will keep you warm on chilly nights.

This tailored look needs plenty of natural light so large sash windows with cream or white curtains are preferable. Antique brass table and floor lamps provide subtle reading lights, while black and white photographs are soberly framed.

A classic palette and elegant lines will always be British favourites so plump for grown up tweed and velvet and dress up oak furniture with elegant touches of silver and brass.

Then just add some classic finishing touches to complete the look. Soft lamplight, beautiful lines, fresh flowers – perfection.

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