There's nothing like antique pieces, often inherited, to make a country house feel like home. Antiques add gravitas and depth to an interior – a sense of history and heritage – but that doesn’t mean that interiors have to be stuffy or busy. I like to mix the old with the new but there is a knack to combining pieces from different eras.
One way to work antiques into a contemporary design is by paying close attention to colour and materiality. The images below are a great example. Our client had two antique chairs which she absolutely adored. We used these along with some beautiful old prints to create a focal point in the entrance hall. We then carried this theme through to the adjoining sitting room by using shades of the blue for the soft furnishings and commissioning bespoke furniture in a similar rich, dark wood. We had the armchairs and upholstered footstool especially made in a style that nods to traditional but used contemporary fabrics to pull it all together.