It's St. George's day! A day to be proud of our history and heritage. It's also a good time to look at what defines us in terms of style. When you think of English design, what comes to mind? Red brick, well kept gardens, unusually shaped houses? No matter what you think of, you definitely will have a strong image in your mind of what you think defines our style.
Some of our designers know what defines our design style and that's just what we have for you today; a selection of our best and boldest English designs- enjoy.
No matter where you go in the country, you will always find red brick. It is one of the most defining and prominent architectural and interior design styles of England. Used to build the factories that put us at the forefront of the industrialization of the western world and used to create some of the most spectacular manors and estate homes that we host as a nation, the red brick is one of the things that make us feel at home.
This kitchen scene has a very British feel (Union Jack cups aside… ): the oak support beam above the window, the uneven plastering of the roof and the the gap where the original central support beam was has left its mark; common characteristics of a British modern interior.
The fronts of our houses, too, are a very distinctive feature when we look at the rest of Europe and even the world. The mock Tudor house front here is typical of many parts of the country, the old oak beams standing a mile out compared to, the homogeneous mass that are, new city apartments.
The modern renovation of this house front doesn't detract from the characteristics of the Tudor revival style and wonderfully incorporates a new brick face to bring it in to the modern world- quite well too I'm sure you'll agree.
When you think of a homely kitchen, you may well get an image like this: large wooden table, lots of pictures scattered about, well painted, cosy and a couple of useless, but ultimately attractive, features that we have grown sentimental to.
A nice tertiary floor in wood or tile, again that bare brick face and maybe even an AGA. Again, more elements that make us think about a familiar family scene; nostalgic and warming, the times spent in the kitchen as a child perhaps.
We're a fan of this kitchen scene, photographed by Pete Helme: it's warming, cosy and welcoming and the visual expansion of the hight of the room—chandelier, stove surround height and pure brilliant white of the surrounding wall to ceiling- give it a fairly grand charm.
What would this article be without a section on the garden? England is home to some of the finest and best presented gardens in the world and that's something we all know we can be proud of. If you've got a passion for pruning or a tendency towards topiary, then you should know exactly what we mean. Neat hedge rows and luscious greens all over, looking beautiful even in the rain. Garden design by Laara Copely-Smith
We don't like to give things up easily; even an old shed can be quickly transformed into a stunning abode like this barn conversion from Ely design and architecture firm MCMM. Factories, churches, schools and banks (to name a few) all get done up and turned into our homes when they are past their functional and structural best; a tradition that we can be proud of!
What defines British style for you? leave your comments below and tell us what you think.