Royal Touches for Your Castle
There’s an old British proverb that says “an Englishman’s home is his castle”, and whilst we may not own grand estates or impressive palaces, there are ways of bringing a regal touch to your home. The Jubilee celebration could be an ideal time to introduce a bit of royal sparkle to your home. Here are 5 ways you could get started…
Glamorous gallery wall
When visiting a stately home with royal connections, like Osborne House or Hampton Court Palace, it’s impossible to miss the sheer number of framed paintings on the walls – indeed, the ‘long galleries’ are particularly striking. Whilst you are unlikely to have family portraits from centuries past, you can certainly build on your collection of framed pictures and paintings. You could either create a mini version of a long gallery on a landing or up a staircase, or design a statement wall in your living room with frames in a variety of shapes and sizes.
It’s reported that Buckingham Palace has more than 40,000 lights throughout the palace! They focus less on overhead lighting (other than the beautiful chandeliers) and more on lamps and wall light fittings (sconces). So, whether it’s your own gorgeous statement piece chandelier or some beautiful antique lamps, you can bring that special feel to your home by splashing some glamour into the way you light it.
Beautiful British designs
What better way to honour our British royal family in your home than by celebrating designers and artists from the UK? You could choose some striking art nouveau dining chairs inspired by Scottish designer, Charles Rennie Mackintosh; romantic Victorian-look wallpaper from Welsh designer, Laura Ashely; add contemporary portraits in your gallery wall in the style of Northern Irish artist, Colin Davidson; or a striking statement chair upholstered in a fabric from the iconic English design house and Royal Warrant holder, Sanderson.
Nothing quite says regal like the elegance of gold touches in your home. The pictures we see from royal residences features lots of golden adornment, but considering very few of us have the room sizes to carry it off, we’d recommend finding subtler ways of bringing this shade to your home. Focus on little pops of gold – perhaps a beautiful candelabra, some ornate picture frames (for your gallery wall) or a few eye-catching light fittings.
A favourite colour of the Queen herself, this is a shade often associated with the Royal family. Rather than the lighter lilacs and mauves, we’d recommend focussing on some of the darker shades like plum, grape and aubergine. You could consider an eye catching statement chair, some velvet-feel curtains, bright scatter cushions and/or some sumptuous throws to bring this regal colour into your lounge or bedroom.