Join the country club

PA Photo/Handout
PA Photo/Handout

Country style’s surely one of the most timeless, adaptable and family-friendly looks around, with its emphasis on comfort and informality. Even if you don’t live in a picture book cottage adorned with roses, a stately home or a cabin set in the woods, you can still embrace rustic chic.

Well-loved furniture (a distressed finish is an asset), natural materials and interesting textures are vital ingredients. Then all that’s needed is a little flair to choose a look which perfectly suits your rooms.

“I love a traditional, timeless country look and all the charm that comes with it,” says Samantha Parish, interior design account manager at Hypnos Beds. “By using a selective colour palette of soft neutrals, mixed with darker, woodland greens and river blues, you can create a stunning country lodge-style that’s luxurious and homely in equal measure. Play around with different looks and enjoy a pastoral scene no matter the view outside.”

Nature’s palette and floral designs are the classic decor choice and will create a fresh, colourful interior that brings the outdoors in.

“Once the preserve of the mock-Tudor brigade, country style is fast becoming a multi-faceted look, which is increasingly finding its way into diverse types of property,” says Alison Cork, founder of online interiors company Within.

“Florals and toiles are making a comeback, and these can look decorative and feminine set against white-washed walls, or will soften a slightly more macho scheme featuring exposed brick work and wooden beams.

“There’s no end to the versatility of country, which is why it’s endlessly popular and one of the easiest and most affordable schemes to create.”