Country clubs conjure up inviting images of grand conference rooms, high ceilings, leisure pursuits and relaxation, all set in picturesque grounds.
It’s no wonder therefore that the ‘country club’ look is having a huge influence on interiors as we head towards autumn. The good news is that this is one trend which is infinitely liveable.
To achieve the look of a traditional ‘country club’ in your home, start with lots of comfortable seating – think big leather sofas, an abundance of armchairs and soft furnishings with a patriotic twist.
The Comfy sofas from Barker and Stonehouse combine a timeless brown leather look with a looser, more modern style for an instant update on a classic piece. Make it even more inviting with scatter cushions in red, white and blue.
While the Saddle Easy Chair – created by dedicated craftsmen and hand finishing with equestrian details – is a beautiful piece and an exquisite blend of traditional style and quirky finishing touches.
There’s a subtle patriotic theme running through this look and your colour palette relies heavily on deep rich reds and navy, all set against vintage cigarette leather.
Long velvet curtains in shades such as mulberry or racing green should adorn your windows, or hang the stunning Vintage Union Jack curtains to really make a statement.
The new Timothy Oulton collection, available at Barker and Stonehouse, was inspired by Oulton’s love of antiques and ‘flea market’ treasures and has a wonderfully authentic feel which works perfectly with this look.
Sports and hunting go hand in hand with country clubs so vintage style sports portraits of rugby, boxing and, naturally, equestrian events are the perfect decoration.
You could even go the whole hog and create your own wall of fame, listing you and your family’s sporting achievements.
Pay attention to the details – an overly modern clock or lamp will spoil the look. Instead look for pieces which have timeless appeal.
The Kings Cross Wall Clock has a solid wood case and a traditional face featuring roman numerals, making it perfect for any room. Lighting should be restricted to Tiffany lamps, be they real or replicas, with the occasional brass desk lamp for reading long in to the night.
And no country club would be complete without a well-stocked library. Line a whole wall with a large bookcase such as the Salvage Architecture from Barker and Stonehouse, and populate it with leather bound volumes of classics such as Tolstoy and Rudyard Kipling.
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