British Mania

With 2012 being the banner year for all things British, what with the celebration of the queen’s diamond jubilee in June and with the opening ceremonies of the Olympics taking place in one day, it couldn’t be a better time to show a little love for the union jack.  Have you ever considered injecting a little British flavor into your decor?  I have to admit to being inspired to create the “London Classic” as one of three interior design concepts for an internationally-minded developer of a condominium project “The Azure” right here in Ottawa’s own Westboro neighborhood.  Although you may not see a literal representation of the union jack fashioned in the model suite (coming fall of 2012), you can expect to see some British hallmarks – herringbone patterned tile work, dark hardwood floors, button tufted sofas and nailhead detailing on bed frames and chairs.  This photo taken from Living Etc. congers up the image  – I am loving the union jack pillow as an accent  - this could be considered a classic not just a trend in my opinion – there is just something perennially fabulous about the red, blue and white combination.   This could be added to a little boys room for a counterpoint to beige/amber/ or caramel or used on a otherwise feminine curvy sofa to give it a little more edge.

For you die hard Brits, perhaps you might consider a bolder representation such as this gorgeous rug from the Rug Company:

or how about these statement pieces for the traditionalist and the modernist?