The allure of country living and all that it represents has never been stronger. Is it the slowed down rhythm of life, feeling in touch with nature, witnessing a pronounced changing of the seasons, cosy evenings by the fire, or sitting around the dining table just talking with friends and family? I think the appeal is all of that, and more.
But, how can we achieve that warm, comforting look of a country home, yet make it elevated – and do we even need to actually be in the country to get all of those feels?
The new rural look is laid-back, timeless and yet just a little eclectic – it’s ok that the dining chairs are all different – actually, I prefer it. The spaces weren’t created in one weekend with matchy-matchy pieces from one store, rather the rooms have evolved over time. When the furniture looks to be handed-down and collected, there’s a feeling that the space has always been there, and that puts us instantly at ease. Visitors will never want to leave – you’ve been warned!
A neutral colour palette feels soothing and makes these spaces easy to live in. This is not the place for a lot of bright colours, bold patterns and spaces that challenge us. But don’t mistake this laid-back look for being boring! There are a few key points to consider that really bring this look to life; considered details, layers of texture – and always including something old!
Now, I don’t live in the country, nor do I have a country house (I wish!) but I think that we can all achieve a warm, eclectic, personal home like this – no matter where you are.