With a year of on and off Lockdowns, I think we are all getting a tad bit fed up. To make it worse, we are in the depths of one of Britain’s coldest winters, so even if we could go outside and socialise, we probably would think twice.
But yet, I think we are all green with envy to all the lucky Brits who have the pleasure of our beautiful countryside at their back door. The freedom to pack a flask and go on long walks is now a favourite pastime for all. No wonder there’s been a herculean drive in inquiries for buying a home in a village, having jumped up by 126% in June and July compared with the same period last year.
There’s something to be said for your environment rubbing off on you, so here’s our designers top tips on how you can can bottle some of the charm and relaxation of countryside interior design and bring it into your own home decor.
1. Plants: Don’t Be Afraid to Bring the Outdoors In.
What I like to do is dedicate a storage area in the house to some spring plants: Miniature Buddleias, Succulents and Euphorbias are my picks. This gives my city space a lovely authentic eco-friendly feeling.
Of course hanging plants in hallways and window space is a must have. Such abundance creates a lovely openness to any home. Who doesn’t love a herb garden in the kitchen (if you have enough light).
Remember, not only will you be well on your way to becoming a greenthumb. An important point to note is the power towards emotional well-being and your productivity. It’s a win win.
When it comes to potted plants, there are no wrong answers. If you want to treat yourself you don’t need to break the bank on expensive brands (although I consider them lifetime purchases that may even pass down the family so I do tend to splash). Anything that you have lying around has the potential to hold and cherish life.
2. Furnishing: A Soft Touch
Country Homes are synonymous with English vintage craftsmanship, better known as Antiques: Britain’s timeless and livable decor. Antiques have a notably cosy and charming feel, and it brings in me a connection and powerful relationship with nature.
There is definitely a sense of history that antiques can stur in oneself. Every scratch and mark can recall a memory even if you weren’t the family that made it.
Just repeat this maxim to yourself: more is more!
Antiques have an exceptional effect (or lack thereof) to the environment. Unlike more modern mass produced counterparts there is no CO2 output in transport. And you are saving something from landfill, whilst giving it new life.
Yet another element of country living is the no holds barred approach to soft furnishings. Every curtain can have a different warmth and texture, every sofa can be unique in it’s own way. But they all have a common thread of heavy usage. Experiment, have fun.
3. Colours and Material: How Bold is too Bold?
Country Living has received a stereotype of being fairly whitewashed. I think this is not only wrong, but quite restrictive.
Although Off-Whites, Chalky Textures, and Soft Colour Palettes do have their place (and they pair together fantastically when done right). I would say that this is a perfect opportunity to push the boat out and try something a little bold!
Deep blues, rich greens and powerful oranges are getting traction in the countryside, and not before time.
This reinvention creates an eclectic backdrop for you to make all your furniture and artwork pop. The space will suddenly look grander than it did before.
These luscious rich colours against raw wood look spectacular. If you would like to read more about this trend click here.
Farrow and Ball and the Natural History Museum have collaborated on a range of sixteen new paint colours inspired by Werner’s Nomenclature of Colours. Each colour has an animal, vegetable and mineral reference attached to it, a perfect conception for your new home. Our favourites are Imperial Purple, Scotch Blue and Emerald Green.
Although it’s generally cheaper to paint a room than it is to wallpaper it, wallpaper tends to have a longer life-span so the costs even out over time. If you have time (and time is often a good replacement for money when it comes to online shopping), then browse through this gems:
- William Morris Wallpaper Collection, inspired by his documents, fabrics and original hand-blocks. This stunning collection is presented in authentic shades of indigo, brick red, green and gold. Our top picks are the Willow Boughs and the Strawberry Thief.
- Colefax and Fowler’s Stripe Tealby is reminiscent of a country get-away, but is certainly adaptable enough for the city.
- Little Green’s Great Ormond St Birds are a signature design, composed of a colourful parrot motif. A Stable of Countryside Interior Design
Although Tiling is born of the Spanish countryside, it definitely can be said to be fostered in Britain and so should live in any home of great design.
Tiling creates a modern space and style that are jaw-dropping countryside interior design. I know that it’s not everyday that people look to redecorate in such a substantial manner, but one can dare to dream.
4. Essentials: The Staples of Countryside Interior Design
A country house is an attitude at times. Think warmth, home cooking on cold days, the smell of freshly made sourdough bread reaching all corners of the house.
For this, there’s no greater friend than the AGA. Known for its personified qualities when it comes to cooking, no two loaves will be alike. But there is no better place to be on a cold day, drinking a cuppa with your backside getting toasty.
I know, I know, I’ve just told you to go install an AGA, have I lost my mind!? Although this design classic is certainly entrenched in countryside interior design, there are a number of alternatives. They are affordable and can be brought in to any sized flat with or without chimneys. Great design ideas are there to inspire you, and why not be inspired by the best of them.
Your new kitchen centrepiece will be the new focus point for you to build your kitchen around. Try hanging your pots and utensils as shown below, for a classic and practical country kitchen.
Finally, a pair of wellingtons by the door. This is my go-to attire, and no home, country or city, is complete without.