Get the Look: Country Chic
June 23, 2013.
A country-inspired home needn’t mean cluttered dressers, imposing brickwork and over-stuffed sofas: a beautifully chic, elegant home that takes the best features of charming country style can be created simply and effectively, giving a look that rivals minimalism in its fashionable appeal but exudes all the comfort of the traditional home.
The first step is to create a clean, crisp base. Whites work perfectly in bedrooms, kitchens and living rooms when accompanied by accents of soft pastel colours in the rest of the décor. For a warmer look, creams and pale golds deliver stunning results. Use these shades for stone floor and wall tiles, and perhaps add extra interest with a mosaic feature in soft natural beiges and earthy browns.
To steer the country look away from connotations of a stuffy, cluttered home, ensure as much natural light is allowed to enter the room as possible. Choose very light window dressings such as translucent voile drapes or, if possible, leave windows undressed. If the room needs extra help to appear bright and airy, large mirrors can reflect light and increase its perceived size, while simple, elegant chandeliers, lamps and candles can all unite to create a fresh, welcoming and atmospheric space.
Accents of colour are the life force of the chic country home: in the bedroom, the pale walls and flooring allow for bedding to be as heavily-patterned or as simple as desired. Blushes of red, pink and lilac work beautifully, either together or as individual waves of colour in bedding, photo frames, window drapes and rugs. Bold royal blue and white striped bedroom accessories deliver a more masculine look, but still complement the freshness of cool white floor tiles.
Natural-looking furniture is essential for any country-inspired home, but the look can be kept cool and modern by favouring light choices over deeper hues. Opt for a pale wood bedframe, dining table, and living room furniture for a pleasing combination of natural materials throughout your home.
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