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Create an English Country Sitting Room

Re-create the relaxed vibe of a British weekend house—and an ideal spot for sharing a cuppa—with delightfully mix-matched textiles

English Country Sitting Room

Photo by Gavin Kingcome and Willam Yeoward

If there’s one thing that truly “makes” the English country look, it’s this, says London interior designer William Yeoward, author of Blue & White and Other Stories: “Don’t try too hard.” To that end, this gathering space in an 18th-century Sussex farmhouse features a mix of “smart stripes” deployed with a whiff of British eccentricity. The trick to achieving a joyful mix rather than a jumble is to stay within a classic color palette, like the Union Jack hues here. “Blue and white are always happy together, but a dash of red is the deal-maker,” says the designer of his penchant for sharpening the cooler shades with rosy accents. The result? “Totally timeless.”

Up ahead, ideas for bringing the look to a room of your own.

Classic Fabrics

Photo by Denise Sfraga

We’ve got no gripe with stripes—they cozy up a room, especially with select other patterns, like an ikat (or checks), peppered in. Sticking to soothing blues, whites, and off-whites, sharpened with red accents, guarantees a cohesive look.

$39 to $82 per yard; Calico

Patchwork Pride

Stitching together carpet castoffs into a boho rug would take forever. This hand-knotted indigo number strikes the same nonconformist note underfoot.

From $299; Crate&Barrel

Maidenhair Fern

These houseplants typically require estate-level pampering. A silk version rewards you with always-green leaves—as delicate as the Duchess of Sussex’s bridal veil.

$99; One Kings Lane

Global Table

A portable side table keeps your Earl Grey (or G&T) within easy reach; this hand-carved, solid-wood version is inspired by tribal ceremonial stools.

$198; Serena & Lily

Throw Pillow

The secret to making your reupholstered sofa that much more stylish? A lineup of comfy pillows in a variety of harmonious colors and patterns.

$29 to $42 each; Wayfair

Striped Wingback

Chrome nailhead trim and tailored flared arms lend a storied air to this snug armchair, constructed of solid wood with ash feet.

About $250; Joss & Main

Black Lamp

A dark silhouette adds a sophisticated, grounding dimension—without it, the room could look saccharine. This hammered-bronze-finish lamp does the job right, lightened up with a linen shade.

About $80; Lamps Plus

Rolled-Arm Chair

Settle in to this leggy club chair worthy of the Bloomsbury group. Hard-wearing polyester upholstery means it can take a spill.

About $250; Joss & Main

Creamware Platter

The grannies of yore would have yearned for this chip-resistant porcelain—both microwave and dishwasher safe, despite its vintage appearance.

$90; Bed Bath & Beyond

Step-Back Dresser

Every country cottage needs a workhorse hutch—this solid-pine model has a prep area, display shelves, a nook for bulky serving pieces, and three raised-panel doors so you can hide away anything unsightly.

$529; Gothic Cabinet Craft

Modern Accent

Just 20 inches tall, this Queen Anne–style side table is modernized in sleek black acrylic. It’s also surprisingly solid, weighing a hefty 50 pounds.

$250; World Market