Once minimalism was the go-to look for the chic design-led home. Vast expanses of expensive, long low lines in varying tones of white. But as with all interior design movements time and tastes change, and the flair of the English eccentric has drifted back into the lexicon of style leaders. Luckily, bringing home some country home design inspiration doesn’t take the budget of the landed gentry; just a little bit of confidence and some bold ideas.
Large-scale wallpaper prints are typical of country house style. If you’re lucky enough to have original flock, mix with some classic modern furniture design such as this Charles Eames rocking chair and rosewood side table to give it some edge.
Mix It Up
One of the defining features of country houses style is the relaxed confidence. These brocade blowsy floral curtains and wrought iron brass bed could happily be family heirlooms, brought together with a calming shade of cool green. The pop of colour in this vintage lampshade and the modern silk Pirouette blinds add in a touch of modern luxury but also make the style design feel layered and evolved.
A claw foot bath comes as standard for grand country décor. How do you get the country design look in the bathroom? Avoid extreme modernising and being too flashy. This enamelled bath with distressed outer and set of vintage oak drawers adapted to a bathroom vanity bring together the aristocratic qualities of a country Scottish castle attic room; lovely but just shabby enough to feel comfortable.
Bold colours, strong and timeless create the backbone of the country home paint palette. English paint colours can range from muted Georgian greys and greens to deep reds, mustard yellows, billiard room green, navy and smoky blacks. The only rule is don’t hold back; walls woodwork and doors in the same hue is the English country home stamp.
Tartan woollen blankets, deeply practical and always a design win add instant warmth in look and feel. A staple of grand farmhouse décor too, they make a great focus to base a guest room around. Take colour threads from your chosen tartan for colourways, such as these yellow bolsters, or these Twist Blinds in an earthy weave to create a modern addition to heritage style.
Time For Tea
Nothing says country delight like a special place for afternoon tea. A classic awning colour such as this pale pink will play prettily against this muted brickwork, and the rangy roses and urns. When the summer starts to falter, the awning will extend your garden’s use, giving extra cover to extend the entertaining hours.
Hearth And Home
The grand country home always has the kitchen at the heart of the action. However, it’s usually more earthy than the rest of the home, being below stairs. Here the natural wood grain of this reclaimed table works well with the high ceilings, as the tone draws the eye to the homely focus of the surface, counteracting the room’s greater height which can make a room seem chilly. Here Pirouette in a soft white tone also calms the light that can seem too harsh when the light is bright at noon. After all, no one likes a cold hearth.
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