What are the new designs for country shelving units?

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  • Choose from a wide range of country shelving options from traditional to edgy industrial

    Keep it flexible

    This combination of open cubbyholes for books and accessories and behind-door storage is practical for family living spaces. ‘Crafted from 100% reclaimed teak that mirrors the natural beauty of the countryside, this unit can be used as shelves, cupboards or as a room divider,’
    says Mick Quinn, Founder, Raft.

    Haywood storage screen in Natural Teak, £1,315, Raft.


    Statement feature

    Striking designs help put the focus on a display. ‘This Canton bookcase oozes Eastern influences, which lend themselves to a country home,’ says Emily Wynne-Jones, Senior Buyer, Lombok. ‘Lacquered and then distressed to reveal the wonderfully rustic wood grain, the striking finish creates a timeless accent piece.’

    Canton tall bookcase, £945, Lombok.

    Easy modules
    Modular-style shelving allows you to put together a bespoke combination that suits your collection and the dimensions of your room. ‘Stack them to create a wall of literary works,’ says Charlie Marshall, Founder, Loaf. This design is made from reclaimed fir with criss-cross metalwork at the back.

    Lil’ Mucker modular shelving, £195, Loaf.


    Industrial edge

    The contrast of wood with metal in living-room furniture designs is key this season, and this example combines bleached pine with dark grey metal. ‘Style this shelving with a range of soft textures and complementary dusky tones for a rustic look with a Scandinavian edge,’ says Claire Hornby, Creative Manager, Barker & Stonehouse.

    Baker Tapered one-drawer rack, £859, Barker & Stonehouse.


    Antique feel

    Avoiding a brand-new look helps furniture blend into an old property immediately. ‘A hand-applied patina gives a unique, aged effect,’ says Josephine Bennett, Head of Design for Home, Laura Ashley. ‘The distinctive and detailed cross-frame design and antiqued fittings create a traditional period feel.’ To care for wood use a soft duster or wax polish. Silicone from sprays can build up on the surface of the furniture.

    Balmoral Chestnut double bookcase, £1,200, Laura Ashley.

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