Norwich homes get a heritage look

The heritage fashion trend which sees tartan, plaid, tweed and leather taking centrestage in clothing this autumn and winter has taken comfort in the home. EMMA HARROWING shows you how you can get the traditional look in the rooms in your house.

This year vintage has not only taken off on the fashion catwalk, it has also taken up residence in the home with people favouring customised old furniture such as the deep-buttoned styles of the classic Chesterfield, painted furniture and chintzy fabrics.

An increasing number of people are searching for one-off vintage pieces in the second-hand furniture shops In Magdalen Street, Anglian Furnishing Fabrics is currently showcasing retro upholstery, cushion and curtain material and as new antiques and collectables shop The Treasure Chest opens in St Benedict's the craze for vintage home accessories doesn't seem like it is abating.

The key to the look is to mix vintage with modern to give a contemporary look to your home. And this is where this season's Heritage trend comes into play – new pieces that have been given a traditional look give a modern vintage look to the home. Of course you can still find one or two vintage pieces in the second-hand shops and markets in Norwich, but make sure you mix the old with new to give a fresh look to the rooms in your house.

A quick and easy trick to give a lounge or bedroom a heritage inspired look is to change the cushions and throw on the sofa, chairs or bed with ones with tartan, plaid, knitted or vintage-inspired prints. Alternatively wall-paper one wall in a room with a chintzy floral or plaid print.

A kitchen can go back to its traditional roots by placing vintage or vintage-inspired floral, bird or stripey print storage jars on a shelf, or changing linen for gingham checked tea towels, tablecloths or oven gloves.

And a hallway can be given a traditional makeover with white-painted furniture, wicker storage baskets and a coat and umbrella stand.

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Turn your bathroom into a time-honoured tardis with a free-standing roll-top bath or if you are on a budget buy some candles in glass jars or a collection of different-sized pillar candles that you can stand together on the side of the bath to create a timeless look.

Mixing prints and textures is also a way to inject a heritage look in your home. Mix and match stripes, checks and florals, and linen, cotton and knits, or if you are uncertain when it comes to pattern stick to accents of tartan – the heritage look's principal print.

Take a look at the photo gallery by clicking the link at the top right hand side of this page to see heritage-inspired finds from the shops in Norwich that will bring your home back to its traditional foundations.