Step inside this new build country cottage with Scandinavian-inspired decor

This completely rebuilt Gloucester bungalow has been transformed with a modern, light touch and big Scandi influence.

Sometimes if you can’t find the absolutely ideal country house, you just have to build one yourself. This property just wasn’t big enough for the family buying it so they had it redesigned – which involved knocking down a good bit of the original structure.

It was such a dramatic change that the side of the bungalow became the front, and a huge new double-story extension was added on.

To go with the new lightness and sense of space, the interior took on a very Swedish feel. White and neutral is the classic theme, with solid, well-made furniture, soft furnishings in natural linen and lots of earthy tones.

1/11 mortgages in later life

new built country bungalow

(Image credit: Future PLC/Brent Darby)

2/11 Dining room

dining room with wooden flooring

(Image credit: Future PLC/Brent Darby)

Use a neutral background to make design features, like this dining room fire place, stand out. Here the soft grey panelling anchors the Nordic scheme and the dark, bare wood floor adds a touch of Scandi simplicity.

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Buy now Heloise Dining Chair, £240, Maisons du Monde (opens in new tab)
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Buy now Tablecloth, Sugar & Spice Furnishings (opens in new tab)

3/11 Kitchen

kitchen with cabinet and wooden worktop

(Image credit: Future PLC/Brent Darby)

Make your kitchen a calm, modern space for cooking and entertaining (as well as just hanging out), with a variety of muted tones, neutral accents and stripped back furniture. These shaker cabinets are painted in soothing neutrals and topped with classic materials - granite and wood.

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Weather Oak Stool, £175 Cox & Cox (opens in new tab)
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Buy now Kitchen Island, from £2,400, Neptune (opens in new tab)

4/11 Hallway

hallway with wooden flooring and staircase

(Image credit: Future PLC/Brent Darby)

Keep up your theme throughout the house by making the most of your hallways and connecting areas. Here the space feels huge and uplifting thanks to the light colours and uncluttered design.

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Malabar Console Table, £130, Wayfair (opens in new tab)
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Buy now Safari Storage Trunks, £169 for 2, Houseology (opens in new tab)

5/11 Living room

living room with wooden flooring and fireplace

(Image credit: Future PLC/Brent Darby)

Mix up your neutral shades to create depth and texture in your rooms. This living room has an unusual white woodburning stove as its focal point, and to offset this, the grey feature wall is a perfect darker foil. When it comes to furniture, modern pieces marry well with antiques in this cosy space.

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Wadenhoe Corner Sofa in Viking Navy, £2127, Sofas & Stuff (opens in new tab)
Buy now Liatorp Coffee Table, £165, Ikea (opens in new tab)

6/11 Living room

living room with wooden flooring and sofa set with cushions

(Image credit: Future PLC/Brent Darby)

Don't be afraid to mix and match your furniture. Here, signature Swedish pieces blend with the rustic look. Add neutral soft furnishings to soften tiled floors, and layer up the tones to add depth to the room.

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Large Compass Skeleton Clock, £155, Graham & Green (opens in new tab)

7/11 Living room

storage wooden drawer

(Image credit: Future PLC/Brent Darby)

Not everything has to be perfect, or match perfectly. An unusual item in the living room can make for a striking contrast - as with this vintage bureau.

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Quill Bureau in Vintage White, £775, Loaf (opens in new tab)

8/11 Bathroom

bathroom with white wall and white bathtub

(Image credit: Future PLC/Brent Darby)

If you're lucky enough to have a window, you can make your bathroom feel like a lovely cocoon of peace and serenity. Keep the colours light and neutral and accessories to a minimum. The simple towel ladder here is a window frame rescued from a barn in Sweden.

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Double Ended Roll Top Slipper Bath, £399, Victorian Plumb (opens in new tab)
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Croft collection Blakeney Shelf Ladder, £95, John Lewis (opens in new tab)

9/11 Bedroom

Vintage and reclaimed furniture

(Image credit: Future PLC/Brent Darby)

Vintage and reclaimed furniture can add a touch of history and depth to your bedroom. Add a quirky bit of personality with a vintage basket full of odds and ends, and pretty-up the whole look with dried flowers.

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Malabar Console Table, £130, Wayfair (opens in new tab)
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Buy now Olivia Ivory Mirror, £125, Laura Ashley (opens in new tab)

10/11 Bedroom

bedroom with storage drawer and armchair

(Image credit: Future PLC/Brent Darby)

Add some cosiness and interest to a neutral bedroom with a colourful rug, and matching accessories like wall hangings and cushions. A tall chest of draws is useful, not just for storage, but also as a decorative feature and space for plants and other favourite items.

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Maupassant Linen Armchair, £540, Maisons du Monde (opens in new tab)
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Buy now Chalker Chest of Drawers, £675, Loaf (opens in new tab)

11/11 Bedroom

bedroom with white wall and double bed

(Image credit: Future PLC/Brent Darby)

In keeping with the distressed paint snapshots around the house, the furniture in the bedroom is a mix of shabby chic and luxe. A handmade wreath hangs from a frame similar to the towel ladder in the bathroom

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Rose Mist Upholstered Bed Frame, £1,250, John Lewis (opens in new tab)
Buy now Lavenham 5 Light Chandelier, £114, Laura Ashley (opens in new tab)

This house originally appeared in Country Homes & Interiors, November 2016

Heather Young
Heather Young

Heather Young has been Ideal Home’s Editor since late 2020, and also edits its sister title Style At Home. She is an interiors journalist and editor who’s been working for some of the UK’s leading interiors magazines for over 20 years, both in-house and as a freelancer.