5 awesome country looks for autumn 2015

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  • From beautiful blues to artisan styles, we reveal Country Homes & Interiors' favourite new-season country styles

    5. Handsome Weaves

    A textural treat for comfort lovers, this warm-as-toast look draws together new-wave woven wools with wide-width tailored designs. Bring smart, hotel-chic style to your home using suiting-style checks and tweeds on buttoned upholstery, subtle loomed-look wallpapers and plaid-patterned soft furnishings in muted heather shades. The look is relaxed, warm and oh-so modern heritage!

    Keep the look calm by layering in blocks of single colours drawn from the checks and plaids. Bring a tailor-made touch to a bedroom with an elegant bespoke headboard. Button-back detailing draws the eye and could also introduce another colour to the finished item.

    4. All Hail Artisan

    The ‘handmade’ revolution continues apace, allowing us to decorate our homes in one-off ways. With a nod to both past craftsmanship and the skilled modern maker, this country look is all about celebrating the artistic process, the finest raw materials and original designs. Choose block printed wallpapers and fabrics, unique ceramics and carved wood for a creative, artisanal edge.

    Use a toning wallpaper with a small regular pattern to unify a collection of pieces with organic shapes and finishes. Invest in pottery direct from makers and group the pieces together to highlight the craftsmanship. Select pots with dimples, thumb prints or brush marks that add individuality, and stick to a colour palette of putty, olive, washed greys and natural woods to complete the look.

    3. It’s All About Blue

    At the turn of the season, this classic country colour gets cosy with deep rich hues high on our wishlists. Paint walls in dawn-to-dusk shades such as midnight and putty-touched grey blues, depending on the mood you want to achieve. When it comes to fabrics, linen and denim textures are popular and contrast well with tactile rustic leather accessories.

    To add wow factor, invest in polished indigo freestanding furniture. A striking cabinet will lend itself comfortably to both classic and modern country styles. Use it to store and display treasured artefacts, accessories and beautiful ceramic pottery with small-pattern designs. Balance it all out with biscuit-brown leather, wood and creamy linens to take the chill off cool blues and enhance this feel-good part of the spectrum.

    2. Woodland Leaves

    A look that’s now and forever! Linear, graphic foliage textile designs inspired by the tree canopy fall gently into our homes. Try introducing a polished teak bench into your hallway; indoor-outdoor seating provides sturdy, family-friendly furniture for every season. Choose a leggy style for extra storage underneath. Mix leaf patterns together effortlessly by using designs of different sizes from the same faded brown, mellow grey and charcoal black palette.

    Skeletal sketches and screen-print like finishes in neutral tones create a modern country feel for those who like things pale and interesting. Make them into Roman blinds and simple cushions, and team with warm natural woods and pewter touches for that all-is-calm feel.

    1. Soft-Sheen Metallics
    This season, there’s a hint of sparkle in the air for the country-house look. Aged zinc, bronze and brass with well-worn forged surfaces bring a polished yet warming feel to rooms. Introduce tones of copper, flame, bronze and pewter and mix them with coarse or matt textures, such as natural fibres, wicker, tweed and wood to make the metallics gleam even brighter.

    Hang wallpapers with subtle-shine classic designs and accessorise with vintage-style gilt mirrors, hammered-metal vases and candleholders. Make sure to invest in a modern meets traditional sofa, upholstered in a subtle metallic weave; some trim or button detailing will create a sophisticated, tailored look. Finally bring a touch of luster by arranging some coordinating cushions in shimmery crushed velvets. Then sit back and enjoy the view…

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