Ideal v Great Deal – get a neutral country look on any budget

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    Classic furniture and elegant accessories in a soft, muted colour palette shape the relaxed, understated look that is neutral country.

    Why do we love it? Because it’s inherently timeless, and so simple to update. If you want to add a little glamour, throw in a few metallic accessories like the angel wings, below. Similarly, you can make your scheme cosier with cushions and throws in plaid and chunky knits.

    Behind it all you have staple pieces that will never date. So it could be worth splurging on the bigger pieces, and saving on the accents. We’ve given you options at both ends of the price spectrum, so you can decide.

    The mirror


    Room lacking in natural light? Create your own window with an arched mirror in that most country of finishes – painted white with a distressed look. Trust us, it’s far easier than knocking a hole in the wall!

    Buy now
    Ideal: Serrant mirror in white, from £180, Maisons du Monde
    Great deal: White arch mirror, £80, Dunelm

    The angel wings


    Make a heavenly statement with a bold pair of wings. They’d look beautiful above a bed, or hung over a French-style sideboard in a living room or hallway.

    Buy now
    Ideal: Angel wings in silver, £219, Furniture Village
    Great deal: Feathered metal wings, £165, The French Bedroom Company

    The sofa


    A buttoned-back sofa is just the right balance of chic and comfy.

    Buy now
    Ideal: Abraham three-seater sofa in Finch, £1,049, Living It Up
    Great deal: Eliza three-seater sofa in Ash, £599, DFS

    The storage hamper


    A wicker chest like this won’t just lend your room a rustic feel. It can also do double duty as a storage trunk and a coffee or side table.

    Buy now
    Ideal: Large rattan storage basket, £315, Puji
    Great deal: Gabbig storage box, £59, Ikea

    The check blanket


    Go country in an instant with a pale plaid throw. Use one as a bed runner, as a throw on a sofa, or pile up a few in a basket, ready to grab when it gets chilly.

    Buy now
    Ideal: Alpaca mix throw in chalk check, £139, Tolly McRae
    Great deal: Bronte by Moon Lambswool Prince of Wales Check Throw Grey, £80, Cotswold Trading

    Calm and soothing, your relaxed country scheme will always be a joy to come home to. Have fun putting yours together.

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