Modern design and Rustic Country House don’t seem like terms you’d use in the same sentence, but Claire Bingham, writer, and designer as a different opinion.
“As far as decoration diktats go, the New Country look has undergone a renaissance.”
“Long gone is the chintz, where rooms were stacked to their wallpaper seams with stuff. Today, the clued-up rural retreat is unfettered by the past, combining carefully selected ceramics, art, and furniture with a variety of styles and eras.” However, like most things, this eclectic look takes more effort than meets the eye. Let´s see the high points.
Mix old and new
With their displayed wood-beamed ceilings and massive, unadorned windows, barn conversions are more industrial than you’d think. In this dining room, sleek white walls and seamless storage embrace this aesthetic, while a worn wood dining table and stone column keep the space from feeling cold and unwelcoming.
Be particular about the colour palette
“Dominated by wood, natural materials form the basis of the colour scheme,” writes Bingham of interior designer Christopher Howe’s 19th-century home in England. “In tune with the soul of the building, by reigning in the colours, you can mix different furniture styles to your heart’s content.” Case in point: this curvaceous wood bed frame paired with an industrial lamp and simple drop-leaf side table.
Let imperfections show
“The basement kitchen is sunk into the floor,” Bingham writes of the same residence. “The finishing of the workman-like space is far from refined but that was precisely the intention. ‘I wanted to make it as humble and straightforward as possible,’ Christopher explains.”
Rethink the walls
Architect and interior designer Paola Navone transformed a 200-year-old, one-room former factory in Italy into this airy oasis with the help of curtains and glass partitions, which separate the different living spaces. To give more life to the Scandi-style colour scheme, Navone incorporated pops of jade green, the colour of the year.
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