Getting us into the mood for what looks to be the party season for all things British thanks to the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, is this sponsored guest post from John Lewis
First it was the swinging Sixties, then came Brit pop and the Spice Girls phenomenon. And now, thanks to this year’s Diamond Jubilee and a certain little sporting event we’re holding later in the year, it’s cool to be British once again.
British nostalgia and patriotism are back in fashion in a big way and reflected not only in clothing looks but home interior trends too. Classic symbols of our national identity, such as the bulldog and the Union Jack, were spotted at this year’s Ideal Home Show and Prince Charles, who opened the event, was even seen trying out a Union Jack recliner. Speaking at the show, TV’s Laurence Llewelyn Bowen said that quintessentially British pieces such as the ubiquitous’ Keep Calm and Carry On’ posters were a great way for people to give their homes “a lot more character”.
So how can you show off your patriotic side in your own home? Thankfully there’s no need to unfurl a massive St George’s flag and play Land Of Hope And Glory until the neighbours complain…unless you want to of course.
Flying the flag
Nothing says national pride more quite like some Union Jacks dotted around the place. Luckily you won’t have to look very hard to find them – they’re everywhere at the moment! You can get Union Jack deckchairs, cushions and roller blinds. There’s even gorgeous Union Jack bed linen for the most patriotic-looking duvets. If plastering the iconic flag on every available flat surface is not to your taste, you could just choose a red, blue and white colour scheme for your home.
Of course, there are all sorts of bunting, tableware and souvenir items available to help you celebrate the Diamond Jubilee in style. But for a more subtle salute to Her Majesty the Queen, why not decorate your home in an altogether more regal fashion? Purple has been an aristocratic hue for centuries as the dye was so expensive it took a right royal budget to be able to afford it. Luckily, times have changed and even us non-royals are getting in on the act in our own homes with purple throws, sofas and cushions. Purple table lamps even offer regal lighting options.
Made in Britain
If bulldogs and bunting aren’t your cup of tea, there are still ways to show your patriotic side. Choose unique pieces crafted by British designers, such as some kitsch wall art by Wayne Hemingway. Or give your home a British country house feel by going for classic wallpaper prints that were made in Britain, such as a floral design by Sanderson, one of Britain’s oldest surviving wallpaper brands.
Don’t despair if you weren’t lucky enough to get tickets to your favourite sporting event at the Olympics this year. You can still get into the spirit of the games by getting some accessories for your home – look out for Olympic linens that will get you cheering on Team GB every time you do the washing-up, or make your sofa feel a more sporty place to be with appliqué Olympic cushions.
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