How to Decorate an English Tudor House

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How to Decorate an English Tudor House
Chimneys were considered a luxury in the middle ages, but became more popular in Tudor times. (Tudor building image by cvrgrl from

Tudor houses originated in England in the 16th century. Known for their grandeur, arches, large multisided windows in the entryway, Tudor houses, which reflected a transition between Gothic and Renaissance architecture, project an elegance and old world charm. Learning to decorate an English Tudor house can be difficult when struggling to combine modern convenience with the integrity of the traditional home. However, with the appropriate attention to detail, you can decorate your English Tudor home to complement its characteristic architecture.

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    Address your walls. A dark wood panelling in wide panels adds a more substantial look. A wall treatment, such as a special plaster job, adds texture. Wallpaper, which became popular during the Renaissance period, is another option to consider. Keep the theme of the Tudor house by using a striped or vintage montage instead of a softer, floral print.

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    Use sturdy materials. Brick, wood, slate and stucco are common Tudor building materials and were popular in accent pieces as well. Hardwood floors and a water feature with stones provide rough yet pleasant touches to a Tudor-styled home. The overall appearance of the design should be rich and traditional with a large emphasis on the natural materials of the home.

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    Employ oversized, heavy furniture. Use a long dining room table, an island in the kitchen, a sofa with large feet and a four-poster bed. Armoires, also common, serve a functional and aesthetic purpose. Use overstuffed armchairs and wing back chairs in common areas. Adorn your kitchen and dining areas with large cabinets, while adding large built-in bookshelves in your living room. Furniture should be traditional in style; avoid modern pieces.

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    Use neutral colours. Common Tudor home colours include many neutrals such as grey, white, brown and black. When adding bursts of colours, stick with jewel or rich tones, rather than light, pastel colours. Some colour suggestions include using a deep burgundy for your bedroom linens, a deep violet for living room window treatments and pumpkin orange as an accent colour for your pillows.

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    Expose the wood beams of the home if possible. This will give an authentic feel to your decor Add additional dark wood or white moulding in your rooms.

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    Keep the wall decorations simple. Add a few large paintings to fill the space. Do not use little appliqués or small accents on the walls as they will be dwarfed in size in comparison to the other items in the room. Add tapestries for an elegant touch.

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    Keep the other accessories simple and traditional in design. Use wrought iron chandeliers rather than shiny ones with dangles. Your lamps should be large and heavy. Add antique furniture pieces, such as a secretary's desk or end table to complete the look. Remember the concept of Old World charm as you select your accessories.

Tips and warnings

  • Stick to a few colours and repeat the colour scheme throughout the entire home for a cohesive look.
  • Be sure that you research how to add certain elements of the design, such as panelling or moulding, if you plan on doing the work yourself to avoid losing money on multiple purchases of supplies due to any errors.

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