This time last year- Bridgerton became Netflix’s most watched offering across 76 countries!
Providing levity during lockdowns, the show was a sexy, romantic escape and a visual feast for those confined to their homes. The diverse cast tapped into the prevailing woke mood, while the unashamedly, decadent costumes and interiors brightened our screens and lifted our spirits.
Series 2 launched this week and its release has come, yet again, amidst a background of gloomy headlines. But, as last year, the show draws us into a world of fanciful frivolity, distracting us from the barrage of bad news.
With its inherent delicacy and decadence, Bridgerton is a conscious rebellion against the prevailing gloom, enthralling audiences with visual mastery.
“Make it bigger, longer brighter” says the Queen in episode 6.
“Our guests must be captivated” And captivate us, is exactly what it does.
Bridgerton celebrates all things pretty – without apology. Our screens sparkle with pretty dresses, pretty interiors, pretty gardens, pretty tablescapes and of course, pretty faces. But rather than feeling superfluous, it feels joyful. It’s about celebrating pretty much anything that makes you smile and seizing opportunities to celebrate small moments of happiness and unexpected luxury however we can, wherever we can.
“I do believe that we allow ourselves those private moments so we can face reality armed with our reverie”. Penelope Featherington, Episode 6
And Reverie, is the perfect way to describe what Bridgerton is. It is a show about nothing but about everything that makes us feel good. It is about love, home, friendship and family, the pillars that support us. It is cheerful and heart-warming and that’s what makes it so universally appealing and the Bridgerton style so eternal.
Get the Look – Bridgerton Interiors
Fresh and friendly gelato tones are the key visual throughout the show. Costumes, interiors even floral display are celebrations of soft pastel tones. These sorbet shades ooze a calming ambience and a sense of romance.
To read more on how we use pastel colours, CLICK HERE.
Our Top Pastel Picks:
If you are loving the delicate blue interiors of the Bridgerton House – Try our favourite soft blue pick – Nippon Bright Steel. It is a cool pastel blue with just enough grey in it to give it a grown-up feel.
Season 2 showcases a new home to delight us – Danbury Hall is a celebration of Pink. The set designers have combined different shades throughout the house, a warm watermelon hue in the grand hall and softer pinks in the drawing room and bedrooms.
Try Dulux Tibetan Tan, for our favourite dusty pink hue. I particularly love it combined with yellow but it looks wonderful against green too. It is such a gentle shade working equally well in classic or contemporary schemes. Check out the two rooms below where I have used it in a bedroom and a dining room with equal success.
ANTIQUES & ACCESSORIES
The appeal of the English Country House look is that these homes feel evolved rather than planned. Mixing and matching a collection of antique and accessories will help achieve such an ambience. The antiques feature the nicks and flaws of life, encouraging us to relax and embrace our own imperfections, while accessories add personality. It is all about choosing pieces that speak to you. There is no right or wrong. It is about picking things that make you smile.
In this entrance hall below, we have assembled a curated collection of pieces that sets the scene to welcome you home.
CHANDELIERS & CHINOISERIE
Chinoiserie wallpapers are a mainstay of all the homes featured in the show. They bring a delightfully romantic ambience wherever they are used.
In this study, we used one of our favourite Chinoiserie wallpapers from Osborne and Little
(To see more images from this award winning colourful home, CLICK THIS LINK).
But, if you are not ready to commit to a full on Chinioserie clad room, try adding a few panels. In the room below, we have introduced Chinoiserie panels on cupboard doors to bring a gentle romance to this dining room. The glittering chandelier underscores the grandeur of the room.
IT IS ALL IN THE MIX
The genius of the show is that despite the period setting and dialogue, the show feels totally current. Of course, the universal themes of love and relationships are as relevant now as they have always been, but the Netflix team deepens the connection with it’s 21st century audiences, by weaving in familiar music, reinterpreting modern favourites with classic instruments. This is a trick we can bring to our interiors too, combining contemporary pieces into a classic design makes a room feel fresh and accessible.
FEATHERS, FRILLS & FRINGES
The set and costumes designers have employed feathers and frills with aplomb peacocks in full plumage grace the glorious gardens, feather trims adorn the sleeves the Queen’s dresses. Trims and fringes are everywhere and in abundance. The look is fun and decadent and thoroughly romantic.
Plaster detailing and wallscapes add depth and texture bringing interiors to life and the Bridgerton homes showcase this beautifully. Recently there has been a mega trend towards wallscaping with Google reporting that searches for wallpanelling was up a staggering 250%!
But for something a bit unexpected, why not add some plaster detailing to the ceiling as we have done here, in this award winning design, CLICK HERE.
FIT FOR THE QUEEN
The Bridgerton bedrooms feature four poster beds or bed canopies that impart a sense of decadence to make you feel totally special. The show is certain to spark a penchant for canopies in the bedroom.
After all – who doesn’t love a canopy? I certainly do. The photo above is from my London home – but why stop at the bedroom…
TOILE & TASSELS
Just like chinoiserie, toile patterns feature abundantly in the show. Toile never fails to bring a sense of romance. These patterns have been popular over the centuries. They never seem to date and I think that is because, the patterns are not serious – they are stylized, light hearted depictions of everyday life.
In a room this pretty, plain white lining simply would not do! We have used a toile print to line the curtains for an added layer of detail that is absolutely charming.
Here we have used a charming pink and green toile print on a chair.
PERGOLAS, PORTICOS & PILASTERS
One of my favourite scenes is the grand ball at Danbury Hall. The scene was shot at the conservatory at Syon Park, outside London.
Well we cant all afford the luxury of a grand conservatory- But I am loving the many new wallpaper murals that capture this mood. One of my favourite is from Osborne and Little’s Summer House collection.
Check out, how we used it in a dining room last year.
URNS WITH ATTITUDE
And, you can never have too many flowers.
For more images from this Bridgerton inspired home CLICK HERE.