The nostalgic English countryside style, inspired by farmland, hedgerows, meadows and woodlands, with some quirky modern touches, is a big trend in interiors at the moment. We like to think we are experts in styling the contemporary country home. A home filled with timeless furniture, cosy fabrics, rattan baskets, soft rugs, glowing lamps and elements of the countryside. Let us show you how to create a rustic haven...
Timeless, classic furniture is the centre of the country home. It ages gracefully with your family and is beloved for its timeworn familiarity. Think of sofas to sink into, chairs to curl up in, a solid oak table to gather around and bookcases to fill with books and treasures. Invest in furniture that will stand the test of time.
Deep, soft upholstery that is as welcoming as a warm embrace on a cold night and assured quality from one of this country's finest furniture makers. These luxury sofas, armchair and footstool all come with removable loose covers.
Designer's tip: order an extra set for different winter and summer looks.
A CHAIR TO CURL UP IN
The Mackenzie wingback chair and Neptune's Olivia loveseat, both in Harris Tweed.
A carefully placed occasional chair can add so much to any room. It's the perfect solution for a corner - as a place to read, or chat on the phone - it's a great way to use an interesting fabric and it will always be someone's favourite chair. A cosy fabric like the Harris tweed shown here, is perfect for this rustic look.
Designer's tip: a high-back chair makes a good addition to a living room with a low-back sofa - making sure everyone can be comfortable.
A TABLE OF SOLID OAK
A dining table will be at the centre and heart of your country home. Not just for eating, but for working, playing, entertaining and making memories. A solid oak dining table has an appealing sense of heritage, as demonstrated by this Henley table - in the weighty top, the turned pedestals that anchor it, and the oak from which it’s made. It's curved ends are a softer, more traditional alternative to a square edge. This table extends from a six-seater to a ten-seater, surely large enough for every family occasion.
Designer's Tip: order enough dining chairs for the largest number you can seat and use the everyday spare chairs in the hallway, or as bedroom chairs.
RETREAT TO THE STUDY
For those who work at home, or just like to be organised, a home office is now part of most country homes. If you have turned a spare room into a home office, or just sectioned off part of a living area with a desk, it should be a place you’ll want to work from. The Carter desk is an exciting blend of modern materials and traditional finishes, combining steel and oak in a minimal design that sits comfortably even in the most traditional of country homes.
Designer's Tip: stear clear of untilitarian office furniture and invest in furniture that suits the style of your home.
THE FABRIC OF A COUNTRY HOUSE
The fabrics that enhance the rustic country style are wool, linen, tartan and tweed for sofas and chairs, fabrics inspired by nature for windows and cushions, and just maybe a sheepskin rug and some faux fur. Did you know that we can arrange a home visit to advise you on ways to dress your windows, and measure up for curtains or blinds? Come to our showroom to have the full choice of thousands of fabrics in our fabric library. Our interior designers will guide you through them.
Designer's Tip: Put together a mood board to bring all your ideas, colours and fabrics together. (Our interior designers will be delighted to do this for you.)
Woven baskets, in willow or rattan, are an essential ingredient in the rustic look. Used in rural and urban homes for generations, weaving is a long-established country craft in England. Whether they are log baskets, laundry bins, plant containers, or storage in the kitchen and bathroom, woven baskets are for people who like their storage hardwearing and practical, but with a rustic, natural look. We have a huge selection in our showrooms, in every shape and size.
Designer's Tip: Good storage containers are a great help in keeping your home looking its best.
Floors in a the rustic country home are often stone, wood or tiles. They can be softened with a practical carpet, or rug, that won't mind a bit of mud from your wellies, or a wet dog returning from a winter walk. We have a range of sisal, seagrass and coir carpets that will add warmth and texture to your home. These natural carpets are perfectly at home in the country. All can be made into bound-edge rugs at any size you need.
Designer's Tip: Bound-edge natural flooring rugs work out cheaper than you think. Call us for a quick quote or come to our showrooms to see the full range of fibre flooring.
If this has inspired you to bring a rustic country style into your home and you would like to make some changes, ask for help from one of our interior designers - after all, they are experts in the rustic country look!