Step inside this modern country house in West Sussex

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1/10 A New England-style seaside home

home with white wall and roof

(Image credit: Future PLC/ Brent Darby)

This New England-style white clapperboard house is located on the West Sussex coast. Although it’s a new-build, it’s packed with good old-fashioned country charm, brought up to date with an understated contemporary colour palette.

2/10 Rustic living room with wood burner and slate floor

Rustic living room with wood burner and slate floor

(Image credit: Future PLC /Brent Darby)

This seating area is cosy, practical and awash with natural textures. Create somewhere to relax in an open plan kitchen-diner with a toasty woodburner for chilly days, then position a combination of sofas and armchairs around it for versatile seating. Arrange treasured hardbacks on a high shelf (above picture rail height) for a characterful display. Use a mellow wood blanket box as an occasional table that doubles as handy storage.

Armchair

Homesense (opens in new tab)
Similar flooring
Stone Tile Company (opens in new tab)

3/10 Country hallway with lifebuoy feature

hallway with lifebuoy feature

(Image credit: Future PLC/ Brent Darby)

This hallway (opens in new tab) is light, airy, and full of character. Utilise understair space by creating a practical area for pulling boots on and off - this graceful antique bench is the perfect choice. Decorate banisters with pretty coastal-style bunting for an instant holiday feel and team with a vintage lifebuoy. Use an antique workbench (complete with vice for extra artisan character) as a chunky console table.

Similar shutters
Hillarys (opens in new tab)
Lifebuoy
Follit (opens in new tab)

4/10 Coastal living room with white wood panelling

Coastal living room with white wood panelling

(Image credit: Future PLC / Brent Darby)

This living room is bright and breezy with a soothing colour palette and relaxed furniture that evokes informality. Create a colonial feel with cane chairs arranged with cushions and throws to soften clean lines. Add instant coastal style with walls lined with shiplap cladding painted white to maximise the light. Choose a practical flooring such as wood to introduce warm tones.

Coffee table
Oka (opens in new tab)
Similar sofa
Sofa.com (opens in new tab)

5/10 Farmhouse-style kitchen diner with large wooden dining table

kitchen diner with large wooden dining table

(Image credit: Future PLC /Brent Darby)

This kitchen has real wow factor and is classic, spacious and stylish. Choose an oversized farmhouse table to accommodate family and friends and team with vintage chapel chairs for a timeworn and homely feel. Define different areas with lighting – rise and fall lights over the dining area for atmosphere and industrial pendants over an island for task lighting. Use cupboards and drawers to hide away kitchen essentials and a large glazed cabinet to display pretty glassware and china.

Kitchen units

Neptune by Kit Stone (opens in new tab)
Industrial lights
Andy Thornton (opens in new tab)

6/10 Restful grey bedroom with country panelling

Restful grey bedroom with country panelling

(Image credit: Future PLC / Brent Darby)

This bedroom is chic, uncluttered and awash with a palette of tranquil greys. Create a coastal feature wall and do away with the need for a headboard with tongue-and-groove panelling painted in a slate grey. Choose on-trend bedside lighting with chrome wall lights that have an industrial edge and can be angled to suit. Use decorative metal garden tables as elegant bedside storage.

Wall lights
Original BTC (opens in new tab)
Panelling paint
Lamp Room Gray by Farrow & Ball (opens in new tab)

7/10 White bathroom with metallic bateau bath

White bathroom with metallic bateau bath

(Image credit: Future PLC/ Brent Darby)

8/10 Pale grey guest bedroom with statement cushion

bedroom with wooden flooring and attic room

(Image credit: Future PLC / Brent Darby)

This guest bedroom is relaxed, calm and inviting. Choose two-toned bedlinen to echo the soft shades of the feature wall and team with crisp white linens and a linen valance for an informal feel. Add a personal touch with a graphic statement cushion that pulls the colour palette together. Introduce washed wooden furniture and accessories for a hint of nautical style.

Wall lights
Holloways of Ludlow (opens in new tab)
Linen bedcover
Oka (opens in new tab)

9/10 White children’s bedroom with star patterned rug

White children's bedroom with star patterned rug

(Image credit: Future PLC / Brent Darby)

This children's room is versatile, classic and fun without being too childish. Furnish with two single beds for sleepovers or when extra guests come to stay. Inject a New England touch with a star rug that adds warmth underfoot. Introduce a light-hearted element with a framed film poster and position propped against the wall rather than hung up.

Similar rug
Laura Ashley (opens in new tab)
Similar lamp
Dove Mill (opens in new tab)

10/10 Neutral guest bedroom with grey slate floor

Neutral guest bedroom with grey slate floor

(Image credit: Future PLC/ Brent Darby)

This guest bedroom is understated, restful and smart. Cosy up a white linen bed with a cable knit throw, following through the tones of the wall, floor and furniture. Mirror the plantation shutters with a louvred wardrobe in warm wooden tones for stylish storage. Bring in added character and a French feel with a vintage chest of drawers painted in a warm cream.

Similar throw
Soak and Sleep (opens in new tab)
Similar striped cushions
Scandi Living (opens in new tab)