Classic country decorating with an unexpected twist

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  • Country style has been rejuvenated - check out these gorgeous looks that give this popular decorating style a cool modern update

    Enter into a brand-new way of doing country. This quintessential style has been reinvented, but don’t worry, it still holds all of its classic appeal. Industrial pieces, pared-back finishes and unexpected hues are the key to giving this old favourite a modern spin.

    Start as you mean to go on

    Hallway country with a new twist HG May 17 p61

    What is particularly noteworthy in this hallway is the fact that the walls and woodwork are in the same colour. Very often, you might expect to see a different wall finish or paint above or below the dado rail, so this one-tone approach is far from predictable.

    Get the look
    Buy now: Galliard bench, £1,385, Oka
    Buy now: Audubon’s Heron umbrella stand, £99, India Jane
    Buy now: similar paint, Farrow & Ball

    Make it all about texture

    Living room country with a new twist HG May 17 p61

    Subtly toned chinoiserie curtains and an antique rug define this seating corner, which features a mix of textural fabrics, including velvet, linen and hessian. There’s nothing chintzy about this scheme and the grey sofa keeps the look firmly anchored, creating an elegant living space with timeless allure.

    Get the look
    Buy now: Eliza three-seater sofa in Flint mohair velvet, £2,619.50, Love Your Home
    Buy now: Curtains in Rotherby Indienne linen, £245 for a 3m panel, Zoffany

    Add industrial chic to your dining room

    Dining room country with a new twist HG May 17 p61

    Here, country style gets a pared-back contemporary twist. Essential ingredients, such as the floral curtains, are teamed with metal lighting for an industrial edge.

    Get the look
    Buy now: Curtains in Aspa in Blue/Green linen, £147 per m, Penny Morrison
    Buy now: Diner 125 pendant, £885, Davey Lighting at Original BTC
    Buy now: Cooks table with marble top, £2,799, Heal’s

    Combine traditional and modern

    Plates country with a new twist HG May 17 p61

    Another country classic – blue and white plates – has been given a new look with sleek surfaces and metallic light fittings.

    Get the look
    Buy now: Vintage Brass Aluminium Chart wall light, £456, Felix Lighting
    Buy now: 19th-century meat platter, £225, Tobias And The Angel

    Play with bold patterns

    Bedroom country with a new twist HG May 17 p61

    Exuberant patterns and rich colours are enthusiastically embraced, bringing a wonderfully cosseting feel to this country-house bedroom. Modern art and a simple bed frame prevent the overall effect from feeling overpowering.

    Get the look
    Buy now: Campaign double bed frame in Pewter, £599, The Original Bedstead Company
    Buy now: Raphael wallpaper in Dark Green, £89 per roll, Sandberg

    Include a surprising colour hit

    Bathroom country with a new twist HG May 17 p61

    Muted walls ensure the turquoise bath makes a strong statement, with a fine black line offering a new take on the traditional dado rail.

    Get the look
    Buy now: for a similar bath, try the Spey bath with painted exterior, Drummonds
    Buy now: Bucranium convex mirror, £4,200, Jamb

    Are you feeling inspired to do some contemporary country decorating of your own?

    This feature originally appeared in Homes & Gardens, May 2017.

    Image credits: Paul Raeside

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