There’s something truly welcoming about a home design inspired by country flair. There is a grace and warmth in rustic touches that makes them irresistible to designers, and this effect is only heightened when these elements are paired with well-chosen modern features for the perfect contrast. The end result is a cosy home that’s full to the brim with plenty of personality.
If this sounds like something your home could benefit from, stay with us. We’re here with our favourite ways to master the art of modern country décor.
Create the illusion of space
When we think of the large farms of times gone by, we imagine big spacious rooms, so try to create the illusion of space using a few nifty design secrets. Light colours and hanging mirrors will allow light to bounce around the room, making it feel larger. You can also remove any separations between rooms for a more open plan design, and choose a single floor covering to create continuity and flow.Use raw materials
One of the most charming things about traditional country style is that it’s full of old fashioned materials that give it a great rustic quality. Introducing distressed furniture into your home alongside natural and raw materials brings a sense of depth and personality that you can’t get through any other means, especially with options like stone, unfinished wood and even concrete to choose from. A slate top sideboard or wooden countertops are also great options.Mix things up with contemporary furniture…
To get the modern aspect of this look, don’t be afraid to juxtapose your rustic elements with more contemporary furniture designs. Stainless steel modern appliances, ergonomic dining chairs and ultramodern light fixtures are all great ways to make the whole look come together in a way that’s both pleasing and thought-provoking. Even modern artworks can be used to bring your rustic design firmly into the modern age, while keeping the country charm.…but add a vintage rocking chair for contrast
However, for the best contrast it’s advisable not to make every item of furniture a modern one. Think of a few quirkier items you could introduce, like a vintage rocking chair, and go for a stunning vintage design to bring even more character and luxury to your home. Vintage furniture is both durable and completely unique, making it the perfect addition to any country design, as part of the draw of country style is that every piece of furniture has a story to tell. Place your vintage rocking chair in your living room, or even in your hallway as part of a cosy reading nook. Don’t be afraid to scour online stores like Vinterior for the best designs.
While overall the country vibe is more on the neutral side of the colour palette, a few touches of colour will help make it feel more modern and vibrant. Use softer pastel shades of your favourite colours to bring focus to the space, and then use your soft furnishings and ornaments to introduce bolder tones that make your softer hues stand out. These decorative elements add an original touch to your design that helps it reflect your personality perfectly.Play around with accessories
One of the most popular aspects of the country style is that it’s all about getting back to authentic things, but that doesn’t mean you can’t inject it with some more modern and exciting accessories. Choose elements that are reflective of both country charm and your own personal style as a way to liven things up, like flowers or fruit baskets, and don’t be afraid to repurpose old items for a new age and use.Keep it simple
Although its accessories are important, it’s equally important not to go overboard. Country charm is all about simplicity, and nothing is gained by a space full of too much clutter. Focus on simplicity so that every element in a room has an opportunity to stand out, from larger furniture items to smaller ornaments. Picking one or two of everything (materials, colours etc) will help you find the perfect balance between modern and nostalgic.Whitewash your furniture
Try restoring older furniture, or simply repainting newer items so that they more accurately reflect the country feel you’re trying to create. By painting rustic furniture white, you find the perfect blend between country and contemporary, especially if you’re dealing with woods such as oak or beech. Light or bleached wood or driftwood will bring its own distinct feel which you can heighten further by accessorising with vases, birdcages and lamps.Bring in the light
Natural light is a key part of rustic design. When we think of the perfect country house we imagine a room with a stunning view of fields, surrounded by woodland in the secluded countryside with the sunlight pouring in. Now this probably isn’t a reality for most modern family homes, but you can still use light tones, reflective materials and light window dressings to allow the maximum amount of natural light into your home. You can even use artificial light to boost this effect by choosing softer options that can be controlled via a dimmer. That way, you will always have a home that’s full of light no matter what the weather is like outside.