9 key pieces every country home should have

Our shortlist of classic furniture that will turn your house into a country home

1. An AGA

Nothing screams country more than an AGA! This iconic oven has been boasting serious country credentials since its birth in the 1920s. These days, thanks to huge technological advances, current AGAs are fully programmable and much more energy efficient. They’re also available in a range of gorgeous colours from sunshine yellow to more subtle shades of blue as well as the classic cream and white.

2. The leather armchair

No country living room is complete without a squishy brown leather armchair. The best thing about these is that the more worn they get the better they look! Perfect for tucking into a corner of the room or an alcove next to your chimney breast for an instant style statement.

3. A wooden dresser

Crafted from antique pine, with oodles of storage space, this gorgeous piece is the perfect place to display your favourite dinner plates and mugs in a kitchen or dining room.

4. A butler’s sink

Another country classic, the butler’s sink ticks a lot of practical boxes as well as looking good. Not only is it much easier to keep sparkling clean than stainless steel, it feels really robust and offers lots of deep washing and cleaning space. Modern butler’s sinks also come in different bowl combinations such as this double sink option.

5. The wood-burning stove

A dream piece for many, wood-burning stoves offer a serious style statement and are brilliant for keeping your house toasty warm even in the coldest of climates. Not just for living rooms, you can also put them in your dining room or hallway for a warm welcome in the literalist sense of the word!

6. A roll-top bath

This Victorian design is just as covetable today as it was when it first began to make a regular appearance in homes in the early 1900s. Now available in various colours and styles, including more contemporary designs, it’s the perfect style-statement piece for the side, or even centre, of your bathroom and even bedroom!

7. A settle

The most historic design in our list, the settle was commonly found in medieval buildings as its high back provided protection against draughts. Traditionally made from oak or other hardwoods, today’s settles are more modern in style with white-painted or distressed finishes and make a great addition to a country hallway, not least because its handy storage bench is a great place to store bits and bobs.

8. The farmhouse table

Another essential piece for country kitchens or dining rooms, the more battered the wood gets, the better and more rustic the piece looks – a win-win for family homes! Add a modern look by mixing and matching styles or colours of chairs.

9. The wrought-iron bed

Last but certainly not least, a wrought-iron bed frame, especially if it’s white painted, will add instant elegance to a country bedroom. Finish off with patterned or floral bedlinen for an extra pretty look.

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