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Spot of tea, dear? | Afternoon tea décor

Alissa Ugolini—homify UK Alissa Ugolini—homify UK
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Undeniably, pausing to have a cup of tea is a quintessentially English past time. Since the 18th century, the United Kingdom has worn the title of the largest consumer of tea in the world. Given that cultivation and export of tea leaves was made fruitful during the Commonwealth expansion to British India, this comes as no surprise. Whether first thing in the morning, before bed or as part of your afternoon break, a fine cup of black tea (with or without milk!) is a hallmark of English culture. With world renown brands like PG tips and Tetley, and with a great selection of biscuits to accompany, tea is the perfect reason for a break for the young and old alike, at any time of day.

We may have a cupboard full of the very finest English tea, but without the proper setting to host friends for high or afternoon tea, the atmosphere just isn't quite right. Therefore, today on homify, we are going to look at some of the very best settings on the homify platform to sit back, relax and enjoy your cup of English Breakfast, Earl Grey or Peppermint Tea. Take a look..

Classic & elegant

Fadi Cherry has designed this luminous and elegant setting to host a gathering for afternoon tea. Whilst still retaining classic elements in this room, we see some items of period furniture, and other more modern pieces working hand in hand together. A warm and inviting setting like this is conducive to conversation, and with a roaring fire, becomes the perfect space to warm your fingers and toes before you indulge in a heart warming cup of tea. 

Golden hues

Charlotte Crosland Interiors knows a thing or two about classic English interior design. In this setting, we see warm and textured materials mixed with classic shades of burnt orange and gold. If a rainy day is preventing you from sitting outdoors on the patio, never fear. You can sit back and listen to the pitter-patter of rain, all from within the comfort and security of your own home—maybe even from underneath a blanket. With couches as comfortable as the ones pictured, you may find your guests linger much longer than anticipated!

Music to your ears

A Traditional English Home:  Living room by Rosangela Photography
Rosangela Photography

A Traditional English Home

Rosangela Photography

Rosangela Photography has captured a wonderful setting for a cup of tea in solitude whilst listening to Mozart or Chopin. This space, which doubles up as study and sitting room, is a great way to enjoy a moment alone to read a book, play the piano or even peruse through some old family photos. This beautiful room is unmistakably one that would appear in many fine British homes. With all the frills and trimmings, inclusive of a wonderful sunroom to the rear, those moments spent alone will never feel lonely or boring.

Out of the ordinary

Wimbledon:  Living room by LEIVARS



As always, Rebecca Leivars wows us with her modern take on classic settings. This gorgeous room, complete with ornate cornices and fireplace, could have had an interior fit out to match its period, however, ingeniously, this classic home has been given a new lease on life, and old style furniture, with a bold colour palette used to update the space, and bring it into the 21st century. The regal shades of purple and turquoise lift the largely white scheme, adding personality and vibrancy to light filled room. You can just imagine sitting around with friends in a space like this for hours on end.

A modern take

ZIGZAG printed decorative pillows  by Lovely Home Idea:  Living room by LOVELY HOME IDEA

ZIGZAG printed decorative pillows by Lovely Home Idea


What about a more modern setting for afternoon tea? The classic examples are always great, but if your love of tea goes hand in hand with your love of Scandinavian design, then you must combine the two! Lovely Home Idea has shown us that this is possible in a setting that is muted and subtle, yet highly practical. A gentle shade of tartan is represented on the chairs, mixed every so carefully with a slightly bolder pattern on the pillows. The large horizontal windows fill the room with natural light, allowing the occupants not only to read in style, but to feast and drink their tea in style and comfort. Here, the notion of English tea has been cleverly mixed with the fundamentals of the far north to great effect. 

Box of treasures

Teal Trunk:  Living room by Orchid

Teal Trunk


If a coffee table is a little too pragmatic, or perhaps you are heavily involved in DIY, then this marvellous turquoise trunk from Orchid Furniture may be right up your alley. For the ultimate tea connoisseurs, you can wow your guests with your knowledge and tea related apparatus, having them always on hand inside your trusty storage box! This image shows us a number of things; vintage, classic and even Asian inspired elements can very easily and effectively be put together to create a space that will be the envy of your friends and family!


Harch Waney Edge Board with Dipping Pots:  Kitchen by Harch Wood Couture
Harch Wood Couture

Harch Waney Edge Board with Dipping Pots

Harch Wood Couture

So. You've envisaged the perfect setting, but what about the crockery or serving boards? Every tea on the market can very easily be matched by flavour, with the perfect food or snack to accompany it. Butter-based biscuits or those that hold their form are often times more suitable for hot tea, as when dunked, retain their shape. Perhaps your guests are a little more health and calorie conscious? No problem. The undertones of Bergamont and citrus which are found in Earl Grey, can be quite nicely complemented by some seasonal fruit or even some crusty bread with jam and butter. Whatever your heart desires, you can serve alongside your favourite blend on one of these stunning wooden boards by Harch Wood Couture.

I'm a little…

Bristol Teapot:  Kitchen by Emmeline Simpson
Emmeline Simpson

Bristol Teapot

Emmeline Simpson

Lastly, but definitely not least, no afternoon tea would be complete without a pretty little teapot. Why not opt for something a little different, or perhaps a teapot that has meaning to you or your guests? This clever teapot by Emmeline Simpson depicts a scene from the bustling city of Bristol. Celebrating the Clifton Balloons that are often seen floating above the skyline during their prized fiesta, this is the perfect finishing element to your afternoon tea extraordinaire. 

We hope you have enjoyed this guide to the perfect afternoon tea, and have taken away ideas and inspiration to make your next session the very best!

Whitton Drive:  Terrace house by GK Architects Ltd

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