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    Traditional British Interior Design

    Callender Howorth stands out in the UK’s interior design landscape as a substantial, diverse practice embracing  broad spectrum of styles and methodologies. Unrestricted by any singular aesthetic or approach, our team brings a new perspective to each project. 

    Our portfolio showcases a variety of contemporary London homes as well as several remarkable English country houses, highlighting versatility and commitment to delivering unique, high-quality designs tailored to each client’s needs and vision.


    The Evolution of Traditional British Interior Design

    Traditional British interior design is deeply rooted in the nation’s rich history, reflecting a diverse range of influences from various periods and styles. From the classic Tudor and Elizabethan homes to the refined Georgian and opulent Victorian eras, each period contributed distinct elements to what is now recognised as traditional British style. 

    The history of British interior design is a story of adaptation and innovation, where luxurious textiles, elaborate patterns, and extensive woodwork became hallmarks of the nation’s aesthetic. Britain’s colonial history also significantly influenced this evolution, bringing in exotic influences and a penchant for eclectic collections that are still evident in today’s designs.


    Key Elements of Traditional British Interior Design

    Traditional British interior design is characterised by elegance, comfort, and understated luxury. Here are some of the key elements that define this style:

    – Rich Colour Palettes: Deep, warm hues like burgundy, navy, and forest green, often complemented by softer pastels to create a cosy yet refined atmosphere.

    – Ornate Patterns: Floral prints, plaids, and stripes are commonly used in everything from wallpaper to upholstery, contributing to the layered and textured look typical of British homes.

    – Classic Furniture: Pieces are often substantial and made from dark wood, with design influences ranging from the Tudor period’s heavy, carved designs to the Georgian era’s refined lines.

    – Textural Richness: Various materials and textures, including wood, leather, velvet, and silk, create a tactile and visually attractive space.

    – Symmetry and Order: Rooms are typically arranged symmetrically, focusing on proportion and balance, reflecting a sense of order and tradition.

    – Decorative Accents: Traditional homes feature a wide array of decorative items, including paintings, porcelain, books, and ornate silver and glassware, often displayed in built-in cabinetry or on mantelpieces.

    – Architectural Details: Elements like crown moulding, ceiling roses, and panelled walls add character and architectural interest to British interiors, honouring the craftsmanship of the past.

    Traditional British interior design creates a sense of history and permanence, providing a comfortable and inviting environment that celebrates the past while accommodating modern living. Whether through a stately country home or a chic urban apartment, this enduring style continues to influence interiors worldwide.


    Traditional English Country Style Interior Design

    Recently, there’s been a notable resurgence in traditional English decor, with the English country style making its way from grand rural estates to a broader array of homes. Homeowners are increasingly drawn to the quintessential charm of British country living, seeking to infuse their spaces with this timeless aesthetic.

    As part of our practice, we have undertaken English house interior design projects throughout the UK – bringing elements of English country-style decor together with our client’s vision whilst striving to create a faithful and unique interpretation of the property.

    In crafting classic British interiors, our team is dedicated to respecting the originality and essence of each space, steering clear of overly contrived designs or outdated looks. We carefully select classic British fabrics and furnishings, including Chipperfield furniture and exquisite British antiques, ensuring every piece contributes to a harmonious and captivating design. Moreover, we incorporate our clients’ valued belongings, making each home stylish, deeply personal, and authentic to its roots.


    Our Interior Design Project: English Country House

    One of our standout endeavours involved transforming a traditional country house in Kent. We skillfully blended traditional English country-style furniture with modern design elements, and the clients were delighted with the seamless integration of British heritage and contemporary interior design finesse.

    If you seek professional expertise to realise your vision of the perfect English country house, our team at Callender Howorth is ready to assist. Contact us today to begin crafting a space that celebrates tradition with a modern twist.

    Why work with us

    Over 20 years’ experience designing award winning homes

    Unique and personal approach to interior design ensuring that our clients homes reflect their personalities

    In-house Stylists that source the latest and most exciting products globally

    Leaders in smart home technology and the latest “must have” audio visual elements for the home

    Dedicated Project Managers that ensure all projects are to budget and on time

    A fun team that loves what we do!

    From clients

    Just want to say a big thank you to everyone at Callender Howorth. We love our new home and you made the whole renovation go so smoothly and finished dot on time for the birth of my daughter! Especially thanks for the quirky design ideas that really have made our new home so special.

    Our villa in the hills of Nice is perfect!!! Thank you all at Callender Howorth. We loved working with you so much and will miss the “rose fuelled” design meetings! Merci Beaucoup