Style Focus - Classic Elegance

Inspiration & trends

The ‘classic elegance’ look is timelessly stylish, perfect for the smart country home or town house. You can invest in good quality furniture that will last for years, safe in the knowledge that this classic style will never go out of fashion. Luxurious finish is everything, you’ll find fitted carpets, dado rails and opulent curtains and blinds in abundance.

For accessories, think V&A botanical prints, or decorative prints on the walls, with elegant chandeliers, standard lamps, pretty table lights and wall sconces providing a choice of soft lighting. Glass, silverware and fine china glint expensively, while dark wood dining tables with matching chairs add a rich and glossy shine. The carved Louis Silver mirror is appropriately ornate, finished in silver leaf and creating a splendid focal point. The Elizabeth table lamp blends in beautifully, with its delicate glass crackle effect base and pleated cream fabric shade.

Classic Elegance style furniture

The buttoned Chesterfield style suits the classic elegance look. While it’s rather grand, this style is also all about lavish comfort. Imagine relaxing in a winged armchair, your feet up on a sumptuously buttoned long footstool or ottoman.

The New England collection is worth considering, with its choice of iconic traditional shapes and upholstery. The Dukes chair, in the iconic bucket style, is available in a wide choice of fabrics including buttoned leathers and soft, rich velvets.

Warm golds, bronzes and brasses rather than silvers, dark woods rather than pale woods and faceted crystal rather than plain glass characterise this look. Stunning ornamental pieces such antique globes provide the ‘wow’ factor.

In the bedroom elegance, comfort and luxury reign supreme. The grand Leweston headboard from Royal Warrant holders Hypnos ticks all the boxes, with its extravagant buttoning and statement wings. The Camille wardrobe from Willis & Gambier is elegance itself, we love the antique weathered oak finish and traditional metal fittings.

While this look is unapologetically traditional, it’s far from old fashioned. Accents in gorgeous fabrics, colours and patterns add warmth and vibrancy. William Morris or Sanderson fabrics and Regency stripes are a fine choice. The silky smooth Henley Rug features distinctive stripes, and is made from 100% natural wool.

Timeless and exquisite, there’s something very grown up and sophisticated about the classic elegance look. You can go all out, creating a coherent design scheme or alternatively you can choose some beautiful signature pieces in this style to complement contemporary furniture. Either way, we hope that you feel inspired by this refined, classic look.