What do you think of when you consider New England style? If it’s fresh tailoring, natural textures, a touch of coastal chic with rustic and traditional details, you’ll already be aware of this classic style’s appeal. New England style dates back to the 17th century and takes its cues from merry ol’ England when the first settlers appeared on our shores. Inspired by the architecture and homes across the pond, this traditional look was all the rage and it’s still popular today.
While the look has evolved slightly, those early elements that make it a design classic are still apparent. If you’d love to incorporate New England style in your own home, here are our top tips for getting the look.
Blue and White
One of the most classic combinations of New England style is the beautiful contrast of blue and white. These colours remind us of the sea and sand, creating a fresh cool look in your home. Consider using white slipcovered sofas with bold blue patterned cushions, a touch of blue and white pottery or ticking stripes of blue and white in your curtains or other soft furnishings.
With New England on the coast of the Northeast United States, the proximity of the ocean plays a large role in the decor of this style. Consider bringing in a few nautical motifs like faux coral, fishing nets or tools, lantern-style lighting and seascapes in your artwork. Outside, cedar shake shingles, a white picket fence and white painted furniture surrounded by lush gardens will complete the look inside and out.
Wood furniture plays a big part in getting the traditional New England style just right. Choose good quality pieces with classic and simple details that will stand the test of time. Combine your wood furniture with natural wood floorboards and white painted shiplap for the farmhouse-meets-coastal style.
Minimal Excess and Simple Design
The Shakers played a large role in the earliest days of colonialization of New England and their simple lifestyle influences the look today. Rejecting decadence or ornamentation on their spiritual journey, the furniture was kept simple, much of it made by their own hands and this was reflected in the minimalist no-excess style. Today, this influence is still in evidence with the lack of heavy ornamentation or flourishes apparent on furniture and possessions with the exception of the odd elegant family heirloom brought over from Europe.
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