Decorating in the English Manor House Style - dummies

Decorating in the English Manor House Style

By Katharine Kaye McMillan, Patricia Hart McMillan

An English manor is a big house located in the country, so it’s not hard to figure out how to emulate the look: just think flowers. The English Manor House style combines colors and patterns in soft fabrics with traditional case pieces.

  • Floral bouquets abound in this classic traditional style based on English country homes.

  • The most common English Manor fabric is chintz; use this floral bouquet fabric for draperies, upholstery, and to-the-floor tablecloths.

  • Choose fabrics in jewel-tone colors in brilliant reds, yellows, blues, greens, purples, and oranges.

  • Large wood pieces with decorative carved details are a great choice for furniture.

  • Mix and match different art pieces; focus primarily on portraits and landscapes.

  • Walls should either be painted in warm tones like yellows, pinks, and greens or covered in wood paneling.

  • English Manor style can also project a masculine look in browns, rich wine tones, deep greens, dark blue, and deep gold.