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Inspired by the RHS Chelsea Flower Show, big and blowsy blooms are high on the country style list this season. From painterly rugs to clever wallpaper craft, Country Homes & Interiors show you how to make your home flourish in time for summer.
Introduce a touch of drama
Add the wow-factor to living and drawing rooms with rich claret and crimson shades, matched with the warmth of worn leather. Traditional tongue-and-groove paneling and a soft button-back sofa add an air of lived-in grandeur to any room scheme.
Sleep in style
Make up your bed with striking bed linen. This bedlinen features hand-painted bouquets inspired by flowers found in wild country gardens. Place little bunches of similar blooms in coloured glass bottles for a pretty bedside table display.
Amrapeli Peony duvet cover, £70, Designer’s Guild at Amara.
Go for a hint of print
Get creative with bright floral wallpaper. Cover the back of open shelving to give books and ornaments a pretty backdrop, or hang in hidden spaces (such as your under-stair cupboard) for an unexpected hit of pattern every time you open the door.
For a range of floral wallpapers, try WallpaperDirect.
Lay a country table
Rustic floral linens make for perfect tablecloths when it comes to outdoor dining. Shade the table with a striped canopy and opt for chunky crockery for a bohemian flourish.
For outdoor dining furniture, try John Lewis.
Love painterly pattern
Fi Douglas of Bluebellgray aims to
recreate floral-filled summers with her watercolour designs. Invest in a
beautiful rug, perfect for injecting a strong pop of
colour into any room.
Cait rug, from £899, Bluebellgray at Amara.
Opt for chateau chic
Mix finely drawn florals, cameo patterns and blowsy blooms in small- and large-scale designs to bring old-time elegance up to date. Greyed-up shades are key to giving this country style a modern touch, whilst blended rose petal pastels keep it pretty.
For similar floral wallpaper, try Sanderson at John Lewis.
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