With summertime officially here, this is the season to inspire country-cottage interiors and quintessentially English style. It’s the ideal backdrop for afternoon teas and long hot evenings, perhaps with a glass of Pimms? This look is simple to introduce into any style of home – you don’t need to live in a cottage or farmhouse.
The country living colour palette is full of fresh pale greens and pinks mixed with warm neutral tones. With furniture, opt for traditional designs and plenty of wood, particularly for kitchen and dining rooms. Add in the odd distressed finish here and there and combine with natural fabrics like linens, cottons and wool for a charmingly rustic and comfortable feel.
The Carrington Ivory dining collection offers a country living look with a contemporary twist, blending traditional and modern styles to desirable effect. The stunning corniced tops, showcasing the natural beauty of oiled American oak solids and veneers contrast beautifully with a crisp, fresh, ivory paint finish. The Carrington boasts great design details such as tongue and groove effect back panels, classically understated bracket feet and brushed steel handles. The range looks great when dressed with traditional, rustic tableware or a pretty, vintage china set.
Stylish cross-back chairs accompany the dining table and are upholstered in a sand-coloured fabric, which complements the elegant tapering turned legs of the generous extending dining table.
Continue the theme throughout a kitchen or dining room with dressers and cabinets in the same design. The Carrington Ivory wine cabinet has great practical features including Blum soft-closing drawers, a hard-wearing lacquer finish and a twenty-five-bottle wine rack with pull-out shelf, making it a clever solution for storage as well as entertaining. Accessorise with plenty of fresh flowers to bring the summertime indoors and complement with flea-market finds; I love mismatched photo frames clustered together on a wall for an eclectic, personal feel.
Distressed wood accessories are a great way to add a hint of quirkiness, and the Marius wall clock is a striking piece full of character. Its distressed paint finish and roman numerals set in twine make it the perfect fit for a country home. Alternatively, the antique grey metal and glass clock is full of rustic charm and would look as lovely in a bedroom space offset by some pretty floral wallpaper, as it would in a kitchen or dining room.
Natural materials work well for upholstered chairs, and dressed with comfy cushions in neutral colours create a soft, cosy feel. The Aran feather cushion is ideal for dressing a corner chair in a country kitchen with its chunky, cream knit in 100% cotton. For kitchen flooring, opt for either bare stone or rough, neutral coloured carpets in sisal or coir fibres, these can be easily softened with cotton or wool rugs.
Soft lighting is also a great way to create a cosy, country atmosphere. I love the Blockwood lamp which is as cute as it is stylish for that ultimate country feel. Made from it generates a gorgeous, gentle glow.
Ultimately the country living trend epitomises laid-back comfort and classic style that will never go out of fashion