How to Bring Downton Abbey into Your Home

About 500 bazillion people watched the recent season premiere of Downton Abbey, and I bet a few of you would like to know how you can bring a little Downton Abbey vibe into your own humble abode.  In the words of Mr. Carson, “If you are tired of style, you are tired of life.”  You may not live in a castle or manor, but these tips will bring you just a little closer to living the life!

 

1.  Paint it Gold

Add metallic gold paint to detail chairs or furnishings, or simply spray paint with metallic gold paint. Instant glamour!

gold painted furniture

 

2.  Hang Family Portraits

Vintage portraits are a fun collection to own, adding personality to living and dining rooms. They don’t have to be portraits of anyone you know!  Look for them in antique shops, at estate sales, and on Ebay.

vintage portrait

 

 

3. Inject Jewel Tones

Painting one piece of furniture in a beautiful jewel tone adds a little glam to any room.  All wood finishes in a room can look drab and dated.

green painted furniture

 

 

4. Light Some Candles

When was the last time you actually burned a candle at dinnertime?  And it doesn’t count if you burned a scented one to cover up the smell of cooked bacon.  Pull out some candles (and candlesticks), turn off the lights, and make every dinner a romantic affair.

downton abbey decor ideas

 

5. Bring Back the Library

Reading actual books is oh-so-much more fun than reading them through electronic means. And books are beautiful decorating accessories for your home! Don’t forget to inject some personal objects and art to add interest.

library bookcase styling

 

Did you watch the premiere?  What did you think?

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Elizabeth Scruggs
5 years ago

I think I may be the ONLY person in the world who has not seen this show…. :/

Debbie Gomila
Debbie Gomila
5 years ago

No, I haven’t seen it either.

Lora
5 years ago

Neither have I 😉

Becky Barrett
Becky Barrett
5 years ago

I didn’t get to watch the show because I had a family, full-time job, and was getting a doctorate. Following graduation, I checked out the DVDs from previous seasons from the library and got caught up. Try it, Elizabeth; you’ll love it!

Lynn O'Brien
Lynn O'Brien
5 years ago

Hi Kristie! My daughter Jenny and I absolutely LOVE Downton Abbey! I gave her the Downton Abbey board game for Christmas. I love period dramas and period fiction and so does she so we watched the very first episode and every one since at least once. We own seasons 1-3. I am surprised at Mary being so risque in actually going away with Tony Gillingham. I do wish they would let sleeping/dead dogs/pigs, a.k.a. Mr Greene, lie and not start investigating his murder. As far as I’m concerned he got what he deserved by the hands of whomever. I wish… Read more »

Lynn O'Brien
Lynn O'Brien
5 years ago

Yes, I love Call the Midwife too! I started watching it about 2 years ago when I was home recupreating after abdominal surgery. Last year I watched it on my Nook while my daughter was in dance. It’s definitely not something my Mr. Man would want to watch, I just watched the 2014 CTW Christmas special yesterday.

I saw the Downton Abbey board game in a catalog I got from PBS before Christmas.

Carol
Carol
5 years ago

It was wonderful! I can’t wait to watch the next episode! Why are we so intrigued with the British aristocracy?

Lynn O'Brien
Lynn O'Brien
5 years ago

I saw a Facebook post about 10 books to read if you love Downton Abbey. I have read two; The Glitter and the Gold about real life American Heiress Consuelo Vanderbilt and An American Heiress which I happened to read first, but after reading The Glitter & the Gold, it is obviously based on the early life of Consuelo Vanderbilt.

Lezlie
Lezlie
5 years ago

I don’t know why you would want to light a candle to cover the smell of cooked bacon. That is one of my favorites!

angela@spinachtiger
5 years ago

I’m so glad you mentioned lighting candles. I did that big time in the 80s and 90s and sort of have lost that. It’s time to relight!

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