Be cash clever and get the simple country look for less

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  • Give your bedroom a tranquil feel with classic furniture and a muted palette of soothing shades. Use soft layers, wooden textures and gentle prints to add to the calming look

    Timeless style

    Choose traditional, white-painted furniture for a refined but relaxing look. Use simple black-and-white artwork to bring personality to this pared-back scheme

    Double bed, £399; bed-end storage, £299; two-door one-drawer wardrobe, £689; bedside chests, £129 each; all Melrose collection, Schreiber range, Homebase

    Clear choice

    Glass serveware adds a smart, contemporary feel

    Cup and saucer, £16; teapot, £45; all The White Company

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    Prints charming

    Add subtle, elegant pattern in muted tones


    Evelyn cushion, £19.99, Homebase

    Heaven scent

    Available in a smaller size, too

    Scented candle in glass jar, H&M

    Pretty posy

    A look that will last

    Faux white hydrangeas in vase, Jane Packer range, By Sainsbury’s

    Basket case

    Great for storing odds and ends

    Basket, By Sainsbury’s

    In the frame

    Mix and match similar frames in different sizes for an effortless look

    Distressed mango wood photo frame, Soak & Sleep

    Handy storage

    Go for simple, pared-back bedside furniture

    Boston-Lyon chest, Wilko

    To the touch

    Add a hint of vintage style with this ceramic buy

    White textured vase, BHS

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    The story Since a neutral country scheme is nothing new, this trend celebrates the return of composed simplicity and smart-yet-relaxing style.

    Why we love it It’s classic, easy to live with and guaranteed to work in any space – plus, this straightforward scheme suits almost any period of home and is fail-safe to put together.

    How to use it Opt for white on both the walls and floor for a cohesive, Scandi-inspired scheme, particularly in a small room as it’ll give it an airy, uplifting feel. For refined country style, choose painted furniture, subtle grey layers and muted, floral touches – this calming look would work well in a bedroom. Alternatively, add ornate detailing for a hint of château chic, keep it cool and contemporary with glass and marble accessories, or add pops of silver for a touch of luxe.

    Who’s doing it The Essential Style range from By Sainsbury’s has understated porcelain tableware and crisp Egyptian cotton towels, while simple-country pioneer, The White Company, continues to deliver with its chic and harmonious home accessories, candles and bed linen.

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