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When it comes to finding a symbol that sums up British Influence in interiors, it’s hard to think of anything more apt than the national flag of the United Kingdom, the Union Jack. As I’ll show here, it’s used in all kinds of ways and a wide variety of interior styles.

Hang the Flag

One of my favorite examples of incorporating the Union Jack in an interior. | japanesetrash.com

In this first image, photographer Michael Graydon shows the flag itself simply hung as part of the overall interior design of this space. This is perhaps my favorite usage of the symbol.

Frame the Flag

Bathroom with framed Union Jack. | japanesetrash.com

Framing the flag and hanging it is another option I like.

Paint Job

Bombe Chest painted with the Union Jack. | japanesetrash.com

There’s so much to love about a statement piece like this Bombe Chest.

Inspiration

Decor inspired by the Union Jack. | japanesetrash.com

Here’s a great example of using the Union Jack design in an upholstered piece and as the jumping off point for an entire room.

I’ve put together a bit of a Union Jack store for you so you can get moving on your own Union Jack inspired decor:

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On Japanese Trash this week: British Influence. | japanesetrash.com

This week I’m trying something new: an entire week of posts that look at a specific masculine design inspiration – the British Isles. From Union Jacks (see above) to Sherlock Holmes, I’ll be giving the Japanese Trash spin on British Influence in interior design.

Here is a peek at some of what I’ll be covering on the blog this week:

Minimalist Designer John Pawson

British Influence: minimalist designs by John Pawson. | japanesetrash.com

One of Great Britain’s most influential designers, John Pawson‘s aesthetic is found in everything from cookbooks to Swedish farmhouses.

Chesterfields

British Influence: Chesterfields. | japanesetrash.com

Perhaps the only interior piece more British than a Chesterfield is one with the Union Jack on it.

Kingsman: The Secret Service

British Influence: Kingsman movie. | japanesetrash.com

I’m a huge fan of movies and television, and one film coming up is this one; I’ll look at the specific British styles that show up in the trailer.

Keep Calm and Carry On

British Influence: Keep Calm and Carry On. | japanesetrash.com

Is there anything still to learn from the little poster that could? We’ll find out this week.

Abigail Ahern

British Influence: Abigail Ahern. | japanesetrash.com

No look at British Influence in interior design is complete without checking in with the doyenne of darkness, Abigail Ahern.

The Conran Shop

British Influence: The Conran Shop. | japanesetrash.com

Designer Terrance Conran founded one of the first lifestyle brands when he opened The Conran Shop. I’ll take a look at the brand’s influence on our daily lives.

Sherlock Holmes

British Influence: Sherlock Holmes. | japanesetrash.com

I’ll wrap up the week with a review of interior design ideas inspired by the latest incarnations of the world famous detective who lives at 221B Baker Street.

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