• Big up the blue

    by  • 21/04/2015 • Country style • 0 Comments

    Blue country kitchen

    Blue is definitely the colour of the moment and the delicious pale powder blue palette, used on the classic country ingredients such as the Shaker-style cabinets, butcher’s block and tongue and groove wall panelling in this gorgeous country kitchen, creates a fresh and clean look.

    Pastel blue is a fabulous shade to use in a scheme where you want to maximise the light, and also works well in a south-facing room as it doesn’t appear too cold. It also teams beautifully with on-trend grey for a modern twist – here the hero piece is a graphite-coloured range (by Everhot) that makes a striking focal point and adds definition to the scheme. Dark grey is a great neutral colour for an appliance as it’s unlikely to date and also harmonises with granite worktops and slate flooring.

    Combining kitchens with relaxed dining areas is a big trend that ensures the kitchen is the heart of the home. Here, a large farmhouse table and bench create an informal touch, and softness is introduced with striped seat cushions that pull together the blues and greys used in the scheme.

    Big up the cottage feel with artisan pottery and vintage-style ceramic and glass bottles brimming with posies of country flowers for a spring feel. Pale blue enamelware would work beautifully in this scheme too.

     

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    Make life a bed of roses…

    by  • 14/04/2015 • Country style • 0 Comments

    Floral country bedroom from Country Days at Country Homes and Interiors

    Cottage style is the perfect scheme for a country bedroom in spring and summertime with its abundance of pretty floral fabrics in shades inspired by the garden, homely vintage-find furniture and simple, laid-back vibe. And it’s a style that’s one of our favourites here at Country Days.

    Florals bring an instant hit of summer to any country bedroom, and we were immediately smitten with this pretty bedlinen covered in a vintage rose print by Julie Dodsworth at Bedeck, which works perfectly in a cottage-style scheme.

    Julie’s work is inspired by the English waterways and her beloved narrowboat Calamity Jane, and this beautiful design, Mary Rose, is adorned with trailing roses that are influenced by childhood memories of patterned linens and colourful silk threads from Julie’s mum’s sewing box, complete with a small rosebud motif on the reverse.

    Big up the cottage feel by using the bedlinen in a room with a muted backdrop so it becomes the focal point of the scheme. Floral designs work beautifully with a wrought-iron bed, and you can create the cosy feel that’s integral to cottage style by layering up with a co-ordinating throw and cushions and accessorising with crisp white sheets and pillowcases.

    Team with vintage furniture such as a timeworn wooden chest of drawers or a Windsor chair for homely character. If you want to add a modern twist and be on-trend, introduce some industrial lighting. Then finish off with painted floorboards and a natural fibre rug to enhance the simple, rustic look.

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    Pop colour into a country kitchen

    by  • 07/04/2015 • Country style • 0 Comments

    Green and pink country kitchen Country Days Country Homes and Interiors

    Country kitchens are characterised by their classic cabinets and muted shades, but there’s no reason why you can’t introduce some personality and add a modern edge with a few well-chosen touches, right?

    One of the best ways of making a statement is with pops of colour. If you’re feeling adventurous, choose a colourful appliance such as a range cooker – Aga’s just introduced models in Rose and Lemon – or one of Smeg’s fabulous retro fridges. You can also use colour to provide definition on an island by painting it in an eyecatching shade. Or try adding vibrant tones into your scheme with accessories.

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    Passion for spring pastels?

    by  • 17/03/2015 • Country style • 3 Comments

    Blue bedroom Country Days Country Homes and Interiors

    Here at Country Days, we’re not quite ready to pack away the extra quilts and blankets just yet… but we do love the idea of introducing soft pastel shades and hints of blossom pink to conjure up a spring feel, and this beautiful Scandi-style country bedroom is a masterclass in how to do it.

    Duck egg is a much-loved staple of the country colour palette, and it’s perfect for a bedroom because it creates such a soothing and restful scheme.

    If you’re feeling super brave, paper with a large-scale design featuring of-the-moment birds and blossom, as shown here. Otherwise, stick to painted walls and introduce colour and pattern with must-have accessories such as throws, quilts, curtains and cushions (all from Susie Watson, as is the wallpaper).

    Subtle blues are used throughout this bedroom to create a unified scheme, and pattern is introduced to create interest. Here playful birds, butterflies and florals combine with checks and stripes, while accents of pink are used to pack a punch.

    Muted schemes such as this one work beautifully with painted and distressed furniture – choose chalky greys for an elegant Gustavian feel. This furniture is from Susie Watson, but you can also bring in vintage pieces and paint to suit your scheme – scour country fairs and car boot sales. Then add to the Scandi mood with either limewashed or painted floorboards for a simple, pared-back look.

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    Love understated style

    by  • 10/03/2015 • Country style • 0 Comments

    Country dining room Country Days Country Homes & Interiors

    Lighter, brighter days are upon us and here at Country Days we’re loving this beautiful bright and breezy country dining room!

    Plantation shutters look  super stylish and are brilliant for allowing you to control the light in a room – particularly useful if the space is south facing.

    This is a simple and understated scheme with a modern country twist. Concrete and concrete-lookalikes are big news in furniture and accessories at the moment, and the clean-lined table and neat benches from Loaf are topped with a resin that resembles polished concrete – making them durable yet lightweight.

    Keep the look effortless with painted floorboards and add extra interest with a statement rug.

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    Love spring colour

    by  • 03/03/2015 • Country style • 0 Comments

    Country living room Country Days Country Homes & Interiors

    We’re in the mood for a little colour here at Country Days and this country living room certainly adds punches of pastels and blasts of brights…

    The key to a scheme like this is a neutral backdrop. Then you can add in cushions in toning fabrics and reupholster hero retro chairs in bold fabrics to make a statement.

    Pop in a couple of Moroccan-style leather pouffes in eyecatching shades that tone with your fabrics to introduce an informal touch.

    For more inspiration from this beautiful house, take a peek at our Open House video at http://bit.ly/1NchJgi

     

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    Get in the mood with spring greens

    by  • 24/02/2015 • Country style • 1 Comment

    Country Hallway Country Days Country Homes and Interiors

    Here at Country Days we’ve spotted those first early shoots and now we’re so in the mood for spring…

    Pave the way for warmer days by packing in punches of spring green as soon as you walk through the door. Choose a pretty paper for a feature wall in a country hallway – this delightful design, Aviary Garden from Laura Ashley, depicts birds perched on leafy branches.

    If you fancy adding extra splashes of colour, use a toning green fabric for curtains and bench cushions. And if you’re feeling super brave, pick a stair carpet in the same shade. Team your scheme with lots of white to keep the look light and airy.

    Fresh greens work beautifully with classic country painted furniture, so a console table in soft grey is ever so useful for parking all those vital odds and ends.

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    Love pantry-inspired fabrics

    by  • 17/02/2015 • Country style • 0 Comments

    Country dining room Country Days Country Homes & Interiors

    Hurray it’s Pancake Day, and food is very definitely on our minds here at Country Days, so not surprisingly this distinctive collection of gorgeous fabrics from Prestigious Textiles, called Pickle, caught our eye.

    These jolly fabrics depicting vintage labels, dinky flowers and a fruity patchwork – all with evocative names such as Pantry Antique and Bramley Marmalade – are guaranteed to bring a splash of colour and character to any country kitchen or country dining room.

    Because they make such a style statement, they work best against a subtle backdrop – try an all-white scheme as shown here. Then team with retro furniture and industrial-style lamps for an on-trend vintage feel.

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