From Downton to Baltimore: Downton Abbey Design Inspiration

I have a slight television addiction when it comes to some shows and Downton Abbey is one of them! I miss it so much right now, but enough about me. I’ll put through somehow! If you haven’t jumped on the hit PBS series Downton Abbey bandwagon yet, I highly recommend checking it out. Not only am I fascinated by the complex and captivating story lines, I am in awe over the Edwardian interior décor. The details are wonderful eye-candy.

 {Adding saturated colors, a touch of gold or glamorous chandelier can make you feel like you have a slice of Downton in your home. From:  Highclere Castle .}

{Adding saturated colors, a touch of gold or glamorous chandelier can make you feel like you have a slice of Downton in your home. From: Highclere Castle.}

And while 20th Century aristocratic style isn’t exactly for everyone, I think it is easy to take some cues and add some subtle touches of elegance to your home in Maryland if the style interests you.

For instance, deeply saturated colors take center stage on Downton Abbey, particularly burgundy red, paprika, and gold with highlights of emerald, navy, and celery green.  Utilizing these colors in luxurious fabrics like velvet and silk, in the form of draperies or upholstery, can add a deep richness to your home.

 {Dark, ornate picture frames can give your home a touch of Downton! From:  Blinds.com .}

{Dark, ornate picture frames can give your home a touch of Downton! From: Blinds.com.}

In the series, wood takes on a vital role in furniture and detailing. Adding an antique piece of furniture to a room can create a warm ambiance. Even a subtle touch, such as adding ornate frames to a room, can capture a sense of decadence mirrored by Downton Abbey.

 {Dramatic wallpaper on one wall of your bedroom can add a touch of Downton Abbey to your master suite! From:  Apartment Therapy .}

{Dramatic wallpaper on one wall of your bedroom can add a touch of Downton Abbey to your master suite! From: Apartment Therapy.}

Another trend you can incorporate is the use of wallpaper inspired by the show. Although most of us can’t afford to live in a real castle, adding luxurious touches to the bath can add a pop of vintage charm.

Wallpaper and paint manufacturer Farrow & Ball features several patterns that would be right at home in Highclere Castle, the real-life setting of the lavish miniseries. Both the St. Antoine damask pattern and the Peony pattern are subtle yet charming ways to create this luxury feel.

 {This floral wallpaper would feel right at home in Downton Abbey or maybe in your powder room? From:  Farrow & Ball .}

{This floral wallpaper would feel right at home in Downton Abbey or maybe in your powder room? From: Farrow & Ball.}

As you can see there are numerous ways to bring a little Downton Abbey to your home and life. AFP Interiors is here to help design your Baltimore-area home interior, whether you prefer an understated design or the full elegance of the British gentry. Contact me to discuss your ideas and I will work with you to bring them to life.

Do you watch Downtown Abbey? Have you been inspired by the décor?

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