Country style isn't just for rural homes - this relaxed look can make the leap from cute cottage to town house or urban flat. The common theme that all country schemes share is a chilled-out, rustic vibe that works in any type of property. Whether you prefer smart, modern-country schemes or a busy, unashamedly kitsch look, you can make this style your own - just think simple, light and bright, then add your own pieces to put your stamp on it.
Use a pastel palette
Create a tranquil feel in a bedroom by using a chalky off-white paint on the walls. If you like your colours sugary, add fabrics in pastel pinks and blues. A string of bunting will bring an instant hit of country style to any room.
Keep it simple
The easiest way to re-create a country look is to paint walls in a cool grey white tone add choose a dark wooden flooring. Then use natural textures, such as an oak dining table and chairs, and vases of fresh foliage, to bring warmth to the space.
Choose retro appliances
Forget sleek, modern fittings and think retro toasters, kettles, fridges and ovens to bring a cheerful feel to your kitchen.
Put up wall panelling
Give a bathroom or bedroom traditional appeal by covering walls in tongue-and-groove panelling. Paint it in a mushroom grey or taupe shade for a cosy feel or go for white to create a fresher, Scandi-style look.
Dress windows with shutters
Swap your Venetian blinds for smart, country-style shutters. Cafe-style shutters are ideal for ground-floor rooms while folding, full-height shutters are ideal for blocking out light and providing privacy in bedrooms and bathrooms.
Opt for classic fittings
A roll-top bath is a luxurious feature that will give any bathroom a country feeling. Steer clear of wall tiles and opt instead for painted walls and bathroom-friendly wall panelling to keep the scheme simple. A stencilled motif will break up a plain wall and add some personality to the room.
Add lots of warm wood
Copy country cottage style and bring warmth and a welcoming feel to your kitchen with oiled-wood worktops. A few enamelled tins will add a vintage look.
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