With imaginative interior designers venturing to far-flung destinations in search of inspiration and distinctive products sharing their findings online, adding character and charm to your home can be as simple as clicking a button. Here is our pick of the most inspirational British interiors websites, five treasure troves of design delights to whet your appetite and warm your home.
1. Graham and Green
Since first opening in Notting Hill in 1974, Graham and Green has evolved into a delightfully identifiable British brand. Their quirky range of furniture, sofas, lights and home accessories are glamorous yet playful. Graham and Green’s animal side tables would make fun additions to any child’s room.
Selling everything from pet beds to entire room sets including cutlery and candles, Oka has been the go-to brand for sophisticated interiors since 1999. Selling its wares through a chain of shops and a booming mail-order business, the company offers a design service for projects of all sizes. This year, Oka has collaborated with floral stylist Willow Crossley, adding three pre-tied floral bunches, inspired by Willow’s travels, to its impressive offering of faux flowers.
Edit58 is an inspiring website featuring a carefully curated selection of beautiful rugs, cushions and blankets from Morocco, baskets from California, wall-hangings from Nashville and much more besides. They have recently added papier-mâché animal heads from Portugal and wire words from France to their collection, making Edit58 the one-stop shop for original accessories from around the world.
4. Barneby Gates
For fabulous wallpapers, fabrics and cushions look no further than Barneby Gates. Between them, the duo behind the brand bring years of experience styling interiors shoots for Vogue and House & Garden, as well as a Masters in Fine Art. Their prints are characterful and colourful, a good reminder that decorating your home should be fun.
5. The Conran Shop
The Conran Shop is a covetable cove of furniture, lighting, home accessories and gifts from both iconic and up-and-coming designers. Simple functionality, considered design and the latest innovation are the foundation of their philosophy. The blog (www.conranshop.co.uk/journal/) provides a wealth of inspiration and features regular contributions from interior-design industry experts.
By Louisa Parker Bowles