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English Country Style

English country is a relaxed, comfortable style that is an interpretation of traditional English designs and periods. Colors are lively and bright and evocative of the garden; a rustic, textural quality permeates both the interior and exterior through the use of wood, iron and stone. Textiles include embroidered rugs and fabrics in floral prints; furnishings range from dark-stained chests to pine bookcases.

Colors - Refreshing floral colors abound in an English country design. Rustic interiors will have more muted hues, whereas a bright and lively palette will be seen in a more traditional setting.

Fabrics - Feminine florals are tamed with stripes, ginghams and plaids and accented with tassels, fringe and trim. Chintz is a major player in an English country room, adding a dose of elegance and sophistication.

Art - Items to make an English country statement include delicate china arranged on the wall, framed botanicals, and landscape paintings in wood or lightly distressed gilt frames. Painted designs on wood floors can bring the art underfoot.

Accessories - Layer the look with silver picture frames and crystal candleholders and vases--filled with fresh flowers, of course! Floral embroidered pillows, colorful rugs and patterned wallpaper or stenciled walls reinforce the theme.

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