Evoking a sense of the traditional English countryside is extremely popular in the world of interiors at the moment, but you don’t need to up sticks and move to the middle of nowhere in order to achieve it.
The countryside chic look can be re-created easily in any home or room, whether you live in a cottage or a more modern town house.
You can start by changing up your accessories. This is a great way to give a room a new lease of life without breaking the bank. Start by introducing some rural charm with high-end, hand-crafted, raw and natural accessories and fabrics. Try a cosy rug or runner in warm tones on natural wooden flooring and have plenty of cushions to hand to make a space feel more welcoming. House plants are perfect for bringing a bit of the outdoors inside and work well as a flash of colour in a corner.
Creamy colours are a staple of countryside living. Opt for an off-white paint, such as Autentico Chalk Paint in shade Roman White or White Cliff, on the walls as not only is it much more bearable to live with than a striking plain white, it really compliments any rustic woods used in furniture, accessories and flooring.
Remember that a countryside aesthetic shouldn’t feel perfect and pristine, it should have a rugged edge, which appears natural and not overdone.
Upcycling is a great way to ensure that rugged edge is visible and it also means you can have great looking furniture without having to buy brand new. Why not sand down cabinets or drawers to expose their natural materials or re-paint them in a traditionally rustic shade? Replace modern handles with something more vintage looking or re-paint in a contrasting colour.
Ultimately, creating a countryside interior in your home is about visual layering. It’s certainly not a theme for minimalists so don’t be afraid to mix and match fabrics and include ornaments, sculptures, rugs and throws as well as statement art pieces, antique mirrors, flowers or large wall clocks. Countryside chic is a theme that will hold up all year round too, just place additional rugs/throws/blankets into storage in the warmer months.