Earlier this year, we wrote about how the cottagecore aesthetic movement is impacting design trends in a big way. One way we’ve seen this is in the increasingly popular design style we’re calling Eclectic English—or, Modern Grandma Goes to the Flea Market (and is so hip, she inspires all our designs!) Let’s dive deeper into the main tenets of this design style and how it can be achieved in your space. So come on in, and get cozy awhile because that is what this look is all about!
1: More is More
At its heart, this style is about maximalism – filling your space to the brim with color, pattern, books, plants, and objects you love. It’s cozy and invites you to stay awhile!
2: Modern History
This style’s foundation is pieces that hark back to some recognizable period in history, whether that’s an 19th century antique sideboard or a classic Eames chair from the 1950s. Bonus points for mixing both styles in the same room!
3: Color Crazy
Color is the star of the show in this design style – the brighter the better! Hues bordering on garish are used in unexpected ways – bright red on a lamp, an antique Chippendale chair painted sunny orange, mustard yellow on kitchen cabinets. Again, all mixed in with traditional elements that, these color crazed items leave a little pop and sometimes others wondering why they hadn’t thought to keep Great Aunt Ida’s chair and paint it chartreuse.
4: Pattern Play
Like color, clever pattern mixing is another key ingredient of this style. Vintage and modern florals, stripes, ikats, and paisleys are combined for an effusive, enveloping look on upholstery, drapes, throw pillows, rugs, and wallpaper. Layer them up! The more the merrier for this look.
Want more inspiration and ideas for your own space? Here are some Instagram accounts to follow.
Ben Pentreath – The OG Eclectic English designer, who recently collaborated with William Morris textiles to recolor some iconic designs.
Rita Konig – A second generation British interior designer; her specialty is a modern take on classic country living.
Heidi Callier – A Seattle-based designer whose moody interiors are the perfect mix of old and new.
Shavonda Gardner – An California-based designer and blogger currently renovating her bungalow kitchen in the Eclectic English style with swoon-worthy colors and patterns.
Paula Sutton – A UK-based homeowner sharing her country lifestyle filled with bright colors, English country garden parties, and fabulous vintage finds.
Sean Anthony Pritchard – A UK-based gardener whose house overflows with flowers, books, color, pattern, and charm.