3 ways to embrace the Eccentric English aesthetic with Archive by Sanderson Design

New brand Archive by Sanderson Design is the golden standard of British design eccentricity

Maximalist living room
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Sanderson Design Group has raided their 160-year-old archive vault to launch new brand Archive by Sanderson Design. 

On both sides of the Atlantic, the English Eccentric aesthetic and maximalism have already made waves as the biggest interior design trends of the year. If you were looking for examples of how to achieve the look, Archive by Sanderson Design has set the gold standard.

The new label is a sea of flamboyant prints and rich colors that draw on archive patterns from design legends such as Pat Etheridge and Morris & Co. The patterns have been interpreted into wallpapers, fabrics, bespoke curtains, and blinds.

Maximalist bedroom with patterned cushions

Golden Lily

(Image credit: Archive by Sanderson)

'We've blown the doors off the Sanderson Design archive vault, unleashing 160 years of daring design. Step through the curtains and discover a world where time doesn't exist. A place where creators and concoctors come together' is the message from Sanderson – and we're game.

In true authentic English Eccentric style, everything is made in the UK, but each design has a truly international appeal. Here's how to embrace the flamboyant look in your home.

1. Pair bold botanical prints 

William Morris prints in a kitchen


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Pairing different wallpaper ideas together is the at the core of the eclectic aesthetic. However, it is important to be smart about how to mix patterns in a room so they're not competing with each ther.

Here, the wallpapers have been selected around a botanical theme. William Morris's dainty, Daisy design has been paired with the artist's iconic fruit motif on the blinds.  

The Daisy wallpaper was one of the first wallpapers designed and sold by William Morris. See how the green leaves in both patterns help marry the designs together, the perfect pairing for an eccentric kitchen.

2. Make a statement with one pattern

Maximalist living room with vibrant patterns

Golden Lily

(Image credit: Archive by Sanderson)

Among the most spectacular of the patterns in the Archive by Sanderson Design collection is the decadent Golden Lily print. Here the sofa and walls have been picked out in the same pattern, making a truly eclectic statement. 

If you've fallen in love with this pattern, don't feel it needs to stand alone, be inspired by this living room idea and fill as many surfaces as you can with it.

3. Mix and match

blue wallpaper with wooden dining table

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If you can't commit to one pattern, fortunately, the English Eccentric aesthetic revels in the mix and match approach. Be bold and choose as many patterns as possible, however, aim to keep them confined to one part of the room to avoid stepping into the wrong side of eccentric.

For example, In this living room, the curtains and walls have been picked out in the stunning Art Nouveau St Sabastian wallpaper. The chairs on the other hand are a myriad of different patterns and colors including Stardust Fruit Fabric, Paradise Blue Fabric  and Cosmo Pink Hyacinth Fabric

However, the patterns all work together and create an interesting focal point around the dining table.

You can see the full range of fabrics and prints on the Archive by Sanderson Design website – it has given us plenty of beautiful, bold patterns to consider.

Megan Slack
Head of Celebrity Style News

Megan is the Head of Celebrity Style News at Homes & Gardens. She first joined Future Plc as a News Writer across their interiors titles, including Livingetc and Real Homes, before becoming H&G's News Editor in April 2022. She now leads the Celebrity/ News team. Before joining Future, Megan worked as a News Explainer at The Telegraph, following her MA in International Journalism at the University of Leeds. During her BA in English Literature and Creative Writing, she gained writing experience in the US while studying in New York. Megan also focused on travel writing during her time living in Paris, where she produced content for a French travel site. She currently lives in London with her antique typewriter and an expansive collection of houseplants.