• Posts Tagged ‘country living room’

    Natural Beauty

    by  • 31/01/2017 • Country style • 0 Comments

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    Texture adds another layer of interest to a scheme and here’s a timeless country living room that has it in oodles.

    We love the beautiful rustic backdrop of this room with its exposed stonework and ancient beams. And it’s the perfect setting for a cosy living area that will see you through winter.

    There’s a definite trend for sofas that combine the mellow tones of leather with soft-to-the-touch fabric, and this gorgeous Wallace corner sofa from Alexander & James comes in a warm Indiana Tan leather with a soft Breton checked woollen fabric. An antique-effect studding detail adds a classic finishing touch.

    Team with a William Plaid Romance footstool and matching cushions for a twist of Highland chic, and layer up the sofa with Luxe Cool Earth grey velvet cushions and Poole Mocha herringbone cushions, along with chic leather cushions,  for a toasty feel. (All from Alexander & James)

    Add in characterful pieces such as a vintage stool and big up the texture with wicker furniture and seagrass accessories.

    And don’t forget to place some snuggly throws close at hand to keep those winter chills at bay.

     

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    The comfort factor

    by  • 17/01/2017 • Country style • 0 Comments

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    On chilly winter’s days, we just want to hibernate with warm comforting fabrics and decorate with pops of colour to brighten things up. And here’s a cosy country living room that combines toasty woollen fabrics and bursts of this season’s must-have mustard to give a lift to the ever-popular grey palette.

    Oriental-inspired rustic wallpaper creates an eyecatching feature wall that is enhanced with a layered window treatment. Cosy woollen curtains (in Naturally Deepdale in Ivory) and stunning checked woollen Roman blinds (in Naturally Hawes fabric in Natural) are sure to keep draughts at bay.

    Make the hero piece of the room a stylish sofa – this one is upholstered in a checked plaid-like woollen fabric (Naturally Thorpe in Taupe) for a nod to Highlands style, while plain seats in Naturally Deepdale fabric in Mushroom add a calming touch. Then introduce a Geometric Multiblock throw and cushions in Mustard for that extra dash of pizzazz.

    Industrial elements such as the floorlamp and metal trunk table give a modern country twist, while more traditional country elements such as mellow wooden furniture and flooring is used to ground the scheme.

    A clever tip is to use a large mirror propped against the wall to reflect light back into the room and make it appear more spacious.

    (All fabrics by Abraham Moon, cushions and throw by Bronte by Moon)

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    Winter wonderland

    by  • 13/12/2016 • Country style • 0 Comments

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    With Christmas less than two weeks away, it’s time to go to town with decorating. We were inspired by this festive country living room with a Scandi edge that Father Christmas himself would feel right at home in!

    This beautiful space maximises the cosy cabin backdrop by using a soft palette of  greys and off-whites to create an easy-on-the-eye scheme. The cream coffee table is the epitome of country style with its woven baskets providing handy storage beneath, while the table top ensures plenty of space for mince pies and glasses of mulled wine!

    Enhance the Scandi feel by layering the sofa with a sheepskin rug and cushions in opulent fabrics for sumptuous texture.  Then add a pebble-effect rug to scrubbed wooden floorboards for comfort underfoot.

    The beautiful woodburner is the focal point of the room and perfect for adding a cosy glow. Enhance the magical feel with candlelight – add in an array beautiful metal lanterns and tealight holders. Then introduce garlands, foliage and a tree (this is a faux one, and we love its snow-dusted finish) for a festive flourish.

    (Christmas tree and decorations, Sidmouth cream coffee table, Walton large sofa, Pebble rug, sheepskin rug, Aspen cushion, checked cushion, metal lanterns and flock deer, all from Dunelm.)

     

     

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    Chalet-style chic

    by  • 18/10/2016 • Country style • 0 Comments

    Anthropologie living room

    Cooler autumn days make us want to embrace hygge – the Danish art of living cosily – and here’s a gorgeous country living room that’s really inspiring us here at Country Days to hunker down.

    This beautiful room has the feel of a ski chalet with features such as the dark timbered walls, wooden beams and flooring and the amazing exposed stone chimney breast.

    Here, light and bright pieces of furniture really sing out. Cream clean-lined sofas introduce a modern edge while a statement chair, the Moresque from Anthropologie, adds drama to the scheme with its modern, armless shape and kaleidoscopic colours. Its luxe velvet upholstery is inspired by traditional Turkish rugs. And that ethnic feel is continued with the Heradia cushions and embroidered throw, also from Anthropologie.

    We love the eclectic accessories, such as the stunning tiered tapers chandelier and golden mirror, that add extra textural detail.

    And, if you haven’t got a roaring fire as a focal point, create a similar effect with a cluster of candles in lanterns, as shown here.

     

     

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    Nuances of navy

    by  • 04/10/2016 • Country style • 0 Comments

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    We’re loving the trend for deep, rich blues in country homes, and this gorgeous country living room definitely wows with its oh-so-rustic feel.

    To make the blues really sing out, choose a neutral backdrop as here – a panelled wall in a soothing off-white and natural flooring rug combine to create a pared-back yet homely feel.

    The beautiful mid-century-style sofa injects a retro touch and is upholstered in a stunning paisley – Beverley Dark Navy. The scheme is a masterclass in demonstrating how to to mix and match different patterns in similar tones. Cushions in Stanley Dark Navy and Witton Dark Navy on the sofa, and honeycomb-inspired geometric Gisburn Dark Navy on the chair, plus an armchair upholstered in Carlton Dark Navy, blend beautifully together, while smart striped curtains in Linton Dark Navy complete the look.  The blue tones are broken up with a footstool in Stanley Grey.

    All the fabrics come from the Ashfield Collection by Ian Mankin – it’s their first wool collection – and includes classic motifs such as paisley, as well as Ian Mankin’s signature checks, stripes and plains. The wool fabrics are guaranteed to introduce a cosy feel into any country home and are perfect for chillier days ahead.

    The Ashfield Collection is named after the mill founded by managing director David Collinge’s great-great-grandfather in the 1860s – today, the last surviving mill in Burnley – and the ten new fabrics are named after Yorkshire towns and villages. ‘Lancashire was the birthplace of the industrialised cotton weaving industry, whereas Yorkshire was the home of hard-wearing, cosy wools,’ says David. ‘Ashfield is our homage to Yorkshire’s industrial history and expertise and represents a coming together of old rivals across the Pennines.’

     

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    Cool, calm & collected

    by  • 30/08/2016 • Country style • 1 Comment

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    Here’s an understated yet chic country living room that’s the perfect scheme for that transitional period between the golden days of summer and the greyer days of autumn.

    White timber cladding and limewashed floorboards make a gorgeous backdrop with a hint of coastal about it, but a neutral background would work just as well for a scheme that will look stunning in any type of property, from a stately home to a country cottage.

    A beautiful floral fabric featuring oversized blooms in a muted colourway injects a touch of summer at the windows, while cosy classics such as plaids and checks in contemporary colourways provide a modern take on tradition and pave the way for autumn. A sofa upholstered in a plain grey fabric is used to anchor the scheme.

    The fabrics come from the Kelso range by Romo and are imbued with a heritage charm that goes hand in hand with a country scheme. They are available from September. (Fabrics, from left to right: curtains in Cressida Grey Feather, plaid armchair upholstered in Belford Gris, plain grey cushion on chair in Aubrey Gris,  grey sofa upholstered in Odin Bilberry, blue checked cushion on sofa in Malden Harbour, grey plaid cushion on sofa in Belford Gris, plain grey cushion on sofa Odette Chinchilla, grey checked chair upholstered in Malden Gris.)

     

     

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    Red, white and blue wonder

    by  • 23/08/2016 • Country style • 0 Comments

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    Red, white and blue is such a smart colour combination and we love this country living room with its blend of bold shades and toning patterned fabrics.

    The fabrics shown are from the Cote d’Azur collection from Clarke & Clarke, available from next month, and are inspired by the fresh summer colours and beautiful flowers found on the French Riviera. The collection is a mix of florals and geometrics with complementary stripes and textures, and the designs combine embroidery, print, ombre weaves and appliqué techniques.

    The fabrics are equally at home in a British country house as in a French chalet or chateau, with the bold colours and patterns working beautifully with exposed stone or wood clad walls, timber beams and stone fireplaces.

    Use the fabrics to their best advantage. Try making a feature of large windows with a bold design on the curtains, such as Maxime shown here in the Provencale colourway. Then introduce a statement chair in striped Pampelonne in indigo/cerise. Pull the look together with cushions in Beaulieu in indigo/cerise and Villefranche in indigo/cerise, as well as Pampelonne.

    A plain blue sofa and footstool are perfect for anchoring the scheme, and we love the geometric rug, which adds a contemporary touch.

     

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    Golden age

    by  • 09/08/2016 • Country style • 0 Comments

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    Pops of gold are all the rage at the moment and are perfect for a late summer scheme. Try blending glamorous golds and gorgeous greys as in this country living room.

    This striking scheme is a fabulous example of how to combine classic and modern elements together. We love the Bluebell corner sofa shown here from sofa.com, which is a classic take on the L-shaped sofa that’s the mainstay of many a family room as it creates a versatile and sociable area with seating galore for family and friends… or even just one person who wants a siesta!

    The Bluebell is shown here in the palest greeny grey wool upholstery that is ever so soft to the touch and works beautifully with golds and greys.

    A beautiful chandelier adds a sense of period grandeur.

    Give the look a modern edge with industrial-style coffee tables and smart geometric wallpaper. Then hang up striking wall art that pulls the greys and golds together.

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    Summertime seating

    by  • 19/07/2016 • Country style • 0 Comments

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    Here’s a super pretty country living room that’s just right for summer, mirroring the colours and blooms of the garden beautifully.

    It’s a fabulous example of how to use a neutral backdrop – off-white walls and rug, plus elegant neutral painted furniture – then introduce colour and pattern with furniture and fabric.

    The gorgeous green sofa (the Chatsworth, upholstered in Willoughby 01, from The Dormy House) provides a stylish mainstay of the scheme.  Its opulent buttoned back ensures it ticks the box as regards classic good looks, while the subtle striped upholstery fabric injects a modern touch. A neutral ottoman, with a buttoned lid (in Cirrus 03,  from The Dormy House), continues the button detail and makes an eyecatching centrepiece, providing plenty of concealed storage.

    Liven up the scheme with joyful co-ordinating fabrics – both florals, stripes and windowpane checks – for an individual and eclectic interior. Flowing floorlength curtains make a delightful frame for the windows, while the tones are picked up in the cushions and the bold floral design of the statement armchair. Add into the mix the smart striped Lounge chair Portland Stripe 02 from The Dormy House and you have all the ingredients of a quirky and distinctive look.

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    Say it with flowers

    by  • 31/05/2016 • Country style • 0 Comments

    Floral living room

    We love classic English country style. And there’s nothing like pretty floral fabrics for injecting a fresh summery feel into a country living room.

    Choose neutral furniture such as this classic grey sofa with a smart white trim to ground your scheme, then go to town with colourful florals. Flowing full-length curtains are perfect for framing French doors.

    These gorgeous fabrics are from the Avania collection by Blendworth and feature a selection of hand-painted floral designs. Wild meadow flowers in painterly watercolour arrangements sit alongside ink drawings of tulip and chrysanthemum trails, inspired by still life master painters of the Dutch Golden Age, and traditional floral prints, originally found in the Blendworth archives, have been modernised and printed on satin for a clean, contemporary finish.

    The florals are complemented by a decorative fretwork design, reminiscent of elegant garden trellises, that co-ordinate perfectly and introduce a contemporary edge to the scheme.

    Finish off the look with beautiful floral arrangements in simple white vases.

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