In the twenty-first century, the world is dominated by advanced technology, speedy apps, and efficient Wi-Fi. The constant desire for faster, better and bigger means that we can sometimes lose sight of the simple things in life. The same can be said of our homes and interiors. While homes and interiors magazines boast of ever more amazing kitchen worktops that can dictate a recipe to you based on your ingredients and encourage you to paint every room in your house white and live in some sort of minimalist, uncluttered fantasy world with two children under five, the reality is something very different. You may hanker after wooden worktops, open fires and, heaven forbid, a carpet. While the country cottage interior might not be the most en vogue trend at the moment, there’s nothing to say you can’t inject a bit of the rustic into your home.
The simplest way to add a country feel into your humble abode is to carefully select the pieces of furniture you have within your living room. You could choose a sofa with a kitsch floral design or opt for a more sensible plaid. Go for the shape that epitomises country living with a plump back, loose cushions and possibly a reclining function. When it comes to your coffee table, TV cabinet and possibly a bureau, choose from a range like Old Charm Furniture who pride themselves on creating oak pieces that are inspired by the wooden furniture of yesteryear. Teak, walnut, oak, and pine all exude a countrified appearance and vibe to your property meaning you can enjoy a more rustic living space.
The ideal space to show off your country cottage credentials is in your kitchen. Swap you modern integrated appliance for a range cooker or an Aga. These feats of engineering look industrial and large but are the very essence of country living. Swap your granite worktops for some linseed oiled bespoke timber alternatives and forget the industrial look of your high gloss cabinets. Instead, go for a shaker style range complete with classic wooden knobs and off-white design. Rich red tiles, reclaimed or new, can complete the country kitchen look.
Every country cottage prides itself on the fabrics it utilises. Adorn your sofas with luxurious throws, ensure you have plenty of soft furnishings on your bed and enjoy selecting the drapery for each room. Don’t be afraid of putting down a bold carpet. This interior design statement can make a big impact and will add a touch of decadence to your home in those winter months when you want to feel anything but a cold laminate underfoot. Be bold and go colourful. Remember you do not have to succumb to the minimalist all-white design trends of today.
Being different and seeking out an interior design style that may have fallen slightly out of favour takes courage. However, by utilising some key aspects of rustic design, you can create the ultimate country cottage style interior for your pad.
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