As UK Flooring Direct’s Home of Inspiration we’ve invited a collection of the country’s most talented interior stylists to share their expertise with you. We’re delighted to start the series with the lovely Becky Clarke, pioneering the timeless country living room look that can have modern, rustic or traditional accents to suit your style.
Flooring: Oak is a beautiful and timeless option that is perfect for a country look, and you’re not short for choice at UK Flooring Direct. The knots, grain and colour variations add beauty and classic elegance to any setting and blend perfectly with any colour walls and furnishings. The Galleria collection is an ideal choice, simply search for oak variants and reap the rewards. For those on a tighter budget, Series Woods laminate could be a viable alternative with the added advantage of reduced maintenance.
Colour scheme: Work with muted, faded colours such as vintage white, cream, duck egg blue and taupe as a base to which you can add accent colours to stop the room being bland. Painted furniture in tone with, or in a shade darker or lighter than the walls is a country classic.
Pattern: Stripes in every variation from thin ticking to wider deckchair types are lovely, also florals, both ditsy and larger blooms.
Paint: For walls and woodwork check out Little Greene Paint company for beautiful shades from understated to dramatic in paint that's lovely to work with.
Furniture: Painted wooden furniture is pure country style and easy to do yourself with Annie Sloan chalk paint. The images above show Duck Egg blue and Country Grey which will add warmth and interest to a neutral base.
Fabrics: There are many places to buy fabrics but as a starting point check out Sanderson, Clarke & Clarke and Vanessa Arbuthnott. These companies cover everything you could want from faded vintage prints, large-scale blousy floral prints, ditsy patterns, ticking stripes and modern country ideas.
Sofa: Country sofas should look soft and inviting with a heap of squidgy cushions to enhance this even more. A plain neutral colour such as oatmeal or grey will go with most other colour schemes you might choose in the future so a good choice. Add a mix of cushions that connect through colour or pattern, but don’t have a set that match as it looks too structured. Opt for soft feather fillings not stand-up-straight polyester.
Budget: IKEA Ektorp from £255 (extra covers can be purchased)
Blow out: Loaf’s Crumpet sofa £1155
Cushions: Cabbages and Roses
Country storage: Here are some imaginative ways to store your country tidbits:
• Old apple crates either as open storage or stacked as shelving look charming (make sure a tower of crates is screwed together and the top tethered to the wall to stop them toppling over).
• Wicker baskets are great storage and the texture is a true country hit. If you can find big trunks or hampers with leather buckle straps these can be perfect to store rugs or toys. Buying from a charity shop, car boot sale or on eBay is a nice way to introduce an old-world piece.
• Painted furniture (cream, ivory, grey or beige) with pretty pewter or ceramic handles immediately adds country charm to a room.
Accessories: Look out for chunky knit blankets and distressed wood furniture and accessories (or create your own) as well as rustic-looking stripped wood. And who doesn’t love a chunky old clock? Always keep your eyes open for vintage treasures in charity shops to display – old books, frames, coloured glass and nic nacs add personality. As a rule, groups of odd numbers look balanced - three is ideal.
About Becky Clarke: Becky’s unique styles regularly appear in leading consumer magazines including “House Beautiful”, “Your Home” and “Style at Home”. Also appearing on TV and radio, as well as offering expert DIY hints and tips, watch out for more of Becky in Your Home of Inspiration. For more information visit www.beckyclarke.com.
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