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The Charming Allure of Country-Style Interiors

CEO Khai Intela
Are you captivated by the soothing colors and cozy furniture of country-style interiors? Well, you're not alone. More and more people in London are seeking to recreate this timeless aesthetic in their own homes. In...

Are you captivated by the soothing colors and cozy furniture of country-style interiors? Well, you're not alone. More and more people in London are seeking to recreate this timeless aesthetic in their own homes. In this ultimate guide, we will show you how to infuse countryside charm into your kitchen, bedroom, and bathroom, with expert design tips from leading brands and designers. Get ready to add character and warmth to your home!

Country-Style Kitchen: Handmade Elegance

Gone are the days when country kitchens were considered outdated. According to Helen Parker, creative director at deVOL, the key to achieving a modern or rustic country look lies in handmade, stylish, and simple designs. The appeal of country-style kitchens lies in their uniqueness, as they are no longer mass-produced and generic.

When it comes to essential elements, a range cooker or Aga is a must-have. However, the environmentally conscious now opt for electric or Everhot alternatives. Belfast sinks are also a standard choice, and many homeowners go for a "prep" sink as well. Natural stone or quartz worktops are recommended for easy maintenance and added texture and color.

Wooden features such as shelving, flooring, and farmhouse tables bring warmth and character to the kitchen. And when it comes to cabinetry, the Shaker style is a popular choice. Tom Howley, design director at Tom Howley Kitchens, explains that Shaker-style cabinetry creates a welcoming and lived-in look, whether you reside in a modern renovation or a rural cottage.

Country Interiors Caption: Christie Rise and Fall pendant light, £579, Original BTC; the Real Shaker Kitchen layout at The Cattle Shed in Norfolk, deVOL

Country-Style Bathroom: Timeless Elegance

Creating a country-style bathroom requires a delicate balance. According to James Lentaigne, creative director at Drummonds Bathrooms, it's important not to overdo it with fussy details in the bathroomware. Opt for classic, white products with clean and uncluttered lines, and then decorate around them. A stunning freestanding bath adds a touch of luxury and serves as a focal point.

If your bathroom boasts a picturesque rural view, highlight it with botanical prints and curtains. For a contemporary-cool twist, Lentaigne suggests incorporating dramatic finishes such as antique and aged brass. Decorative tiles can also bring a modern feel to the space. To achieve a rustic country aesthetic, adding wood elements creates a warm and tactile atmosphere.

Texture is key to adding visual interest and balance to your country-style bathroom. Barrie Cutchie, design director at BC Designs, advises using a plain tile on the floor and adding wow-factor with wooden paneling or wallpaper on the walls. Don't shy away from color and pattern in your bathroom - it's the perfect space to have some fun!

Country-Style Interiors Caption: Kate Moss's Cotswolds bathroom features the Double Lowther vanity basin suite in Green Verde Guatemala marble, from £1,850, Drummonds

Country-Style Bedroom: A Luxurious Retreat

The best country-house hotels embody a new level of luxury that combines aspiration and high-end aesthetics with a welcoming and unpretentious atmosphere. According to Sarah Ellison, founder of interior design studio Frank & Faber, a country-style bedroom should embrace existing features, such as exposed beams, panelling, and warm, rustic finishes like reclaimed timber or exposed plaster.

Layering textures and patterns is key to creating an inviting bedroom. From gingham check and ticking stripe to horticulturally inspired prints like classic William Morris designs, incorporating these elements adds depth and charm to the space. Fiona Parke, of Johnston Parke Interiors, suggests opting for a shaped headboard to add a personal touch and enhance the country aesthetic.

When it comes to furnishing your country-style bedroom, sustainability is essential. Choose classic designs that age well, such as iron bedsteads and natural materials like linen, cotton, cashmere, and wool. Vintage prints, paisley, ikat, and layers of pretty florals can be layered with eiderdowns and blankets in natural fibers, creating a cozy and inviting ambiance.

Country-Style Interiors Caption: A bedroom in Frank & Faber, The Cottages at Number One Bruton

Embracing the English Country House Aesthetic

The English country house aesthetic holds a powerful allure, and it has been part of the interior design lexicon since the 1920s. Nancy Lancaster and John Fowler are credited with popularizing this style, which emphasizes comfort alongside elegance and values time-worn and relaxed belongings as much as grand trappings.

Despite trends urging us to discard chintz in the past, country-house florals continue to hold a special place in our hearts. They have been rediscovered by a younger generation, who recognize the influence of these glorious floral prints in creating a new take on the country look within more pared-back interiors.

Curtains in Floriana, Nina Campbell distributed by Osborne & Little. Caption: Curtains in Floriana, Nina Campbell distributed by Osborne & Little.

Colefax & Fowler and Jean Munro showcase large-scale floral designs with a classical touch against bolder backdrops, such as absinthe and mulberry, resulting in a stylish twist perfect for the modern era. Linwood's latest collection offers an alluring, antiqued effect, capturing the nostalgic essence that Lancaster valued. Nina Campbell's pretty floral pattern features a large-scale bouquet spaced widely for a light and fresh effect.

Just like the chic suits in antiqued florals in Gucci's autumn/winter collection, the country-house floral look feels remarkably current. Embrace headboards and cushions featuring fabrics from Linwood's Arcadia collection, or go for a sofa in Casimir, a red/blue linen from Colefax and Fowler, to bring this timeless aesthetic to life in your own home.

Headboard and cushions in a variety of fabrics from the Arcadia collection, Linwood. Caption: Headboard and cushions in a variety of fabrics from the Arcadia collection, Linwood.

Discover the charm and elegance of country-style interiors by incorporating these design tips and elements into your home. Whether it's the rustic warmth of a country kitchen, the timeless elegance of a country bathroom, or the inviting atmosphere of a country bedroom, you can achieve the countryside charm that has captured our imaginations for decades. Embrace the unique story and warmth that country-style interiors offer, and create a space that feels like a true sanctuary.

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