I can’t think of a better way to introduce myself than to talk about a city that I love: London. It’s all hustle and bustle until you dive deeper into the city. Well, even then, it’s still hustle and bustle, but it’s also pockets of remarkable scenery from its parks to its storied architecture. London’s clichéd in the way that all big cities are: it’s a melting pot of cultures. London is unique in that it embraces its diversity just as much as it celebrates its roots.
It’s not just London I love; it’s the entire British way of life. From Britain’s TV to decor to fashion, I’m what you would call an Anglophile (definition: a person who is fond of or greatly admires England or Britain). That means that I’ll take a pint of warm lager over a cold one, and I’d rather watch BBC’s Sherlock than CBS’s Elementary.
With this appreciation in mind, I find London homes to be particularly inviting and welcoming. It’s not just that the tea kettle is on when you walk in; London homes are a true testament to the seamless blend of comfort and style. Colorful pillows and throws not only cozy up a couch, but the bright hues also give the room a larger appearance. In the same vein, windows are treated with patterned fabrics and mirrors are hung in strategic angles on the walls.
With London decor, you really get to see how to make a space of any size work. Living spaces in general are small; furniture and decor has to serve a variety of purposes. You’ll find lots of recessed shelving adorned with decorative accessories, books, and pictures. You can find some truly creative and inspired space saving techniques in London homes. Be sure to take notes if you find yourself in one.
London decor is just as varied as the city itself. Rows upon rows of old brick houses contain within them stylized living spaces ranging from traditional to modern. Formal wallpaper is still a common sight in as much as you’ll find contemporary uses of color, line, and texture.
And what would a London home be without showing off a little national pride? Great Britain’s flag, colloquially known as the Union Jack, is printed on everything from curtains to rugs to cups and kettles. If you want to show London a little love in your own space, try it with this simple DIY!
Union Jack DIY Wall Decor
A staple of affordable DIY is learning how to make your own stencils. It’s super easy, and once you get the hang of it, you’ll want to stencil all the things!
What You’ll Need
- Wooden block (This can be finished or unfinished. If you have an old print that you want to get rid of, just put a coat of primer on and start over!)
- Acrylic paint in red, white, and blue
- Fine point felt tip pen
- Clear plastic folder
- Image of the Union Jack scaled to fit your block
- X-Acto knife
Here’s How to Make It
- Cut the clear plastic folder into two halves.
- Trace your scaled image of the Union Jack flag with the felt tip pen over the clear plastic folder. You’ll want to do this twice.
- Now that you have two flags drawn on your folder, cut out the red stripes of the flag on one stencil and the white stripes of the flag on the other stencil using your X-Acto knife. (Voila! Stencils!)
- The white stripes stencil should be painted onto your block first. After that layer has dried, use the other stencil and paint in the red stripes.
- Finally, fill in the rest of the block with blue, and that’s it! You’ve got your very own Union Jack!