Downton Abbey is one of the year’s most talked about television shows for many different reasons. One of the most intriguing things about this show is the Abbey’s interior and how the furniture of the Edwardian country house of Downton Abbey pulls from the French Providential Period. When decorating in a more classical traditional decor such as this, you must understand that the interiors will not have that minimalist quality that the current trends of today’s interiors have. Ornament and patterns seem to take over the room when decorating in this very traditional style. One thing that you must understand is there must be a lot of coordination when working with many different patterns. Hue and scale are very important qualities to keep in mind as well as color because if these are not carefully considered the look of the room will not become cohesive.
How do I create a room like Downton Abbey’s?
A traditional setting usually consists of a sofa, love seat, upholstered chair or occasional chair. The size of your room will determine the amount of furniture you are able to place. There are many different origins of carved furniture and you will need to make sure that you pick French and English styled furniture from this period for this particular look. The furniture of this period tends to be more petite and delicate looking. Many of these looks will come with a Queen Anne Leg or some form of Ball and Claw. Occasionally you will find that a Chippendale leg will be used when a more sleek look is desired.
When choosing fabrics, a good rule of thumb is to start with one large scaled pattern, generally a tapestry or a large floral pattern. Using this pattern as your starting point you will need to pick smaller patterns with which to coordinate. These will sometimes be referred to as ditsy patterns. A ditsy consist of a small diamond or half-drop floral pattern. Solids were not as popular during this time period, but when they were used they were usually a velvet, mohair, or a matelassè. If you are looking for one additional pattern to complete the room, then a stripe or plaid could be a good fit. Stripes and plaids are always suggested as a “either or” option. Generally when you try to use these two patterns in a room together, they have the tendency to compete with each other so we generally suggest to only use one.
Common Color Combinations for French Rooms
Black, Gold, and Red:
When creating a room that calls for drama, a common color combination is black, gold, and red. The room mainly remains black and gold, but you add just a pinch of red in the pillows or small accent pieces.
Country French Room: Primary Colors
Although there are two major color schemes in a Country French Room, the most common one is red, yellow, and blue. This look has a light and airy quality to it, leaving the room with the feeling of tranquility. The colors are usually just subtle pops of color and enhance the furniture that is placed in the room.
Country French Room: Pink and Green
This look generally appears to be more sweet. Perfect for a bedroom or a small bathroom, this look opens the room with its light pinks and mint greens look. Reminiscing to a French or English pasture with wild flowers.
With these few tips you can create the Downton Abbey Room of your dreams. If decorating solo is not your thing, then let Fabrics and Frames assist you. We have an expert staff of designers who are trained to create any style of room that you can imagine. We custom build furniture and are knowledgeable in all areas of design. With that knowledge and skill we are able to help you create any look that you are trying to replicate.
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Written by: Erica Guajardo
Edited by: Linda Decuir