New country decorating ideas are ideal if you are looking to create fresh yet timeless country style interior. Whether you want to update a single room, the entire house, or simply liven up a space with some new soft furnishings, we've rounded up 10 ideas for getting a relaxed rural look, including new fabric, wallpaper and paint collections from our favourite brands.
See all our design features on our hub page. For more inspiration on decorating a period home check out our round up of the top 50 brands for decorating, renovating and furnishing a period home from across Britain.
1. Refresh the room by painting kitchen cabinetry
Shaker-style cabinetry is guaranteed to give a classic country look. Handmade from real wood it will stand the test of time and can easily be rejuvenated with a lick of paint. Why not give yours a modern twist with cheery contrasting colours? Little Greene offers a range of Intelligent paint finishes including eggshell, which is perfect for cabinets and even tiles. Water based, it is eco-friendly, long-lasting, and washable. We love this mix of Woad (opens in new tab) on base cabinets with Sunlight above, from £31 for 1ltr.
2. Create a timeless dining room with a repeat wallpaper
A soothing repeat design inspired by garden trellises, Vanessa Arbuthnott’s Fruit Garden Detail wall covering (opens in new tab), from the Orchard collection, brings a balancing dose of pattern to a colour-blocked kitchen-diner. Shown in Pigeon/Powder Blue/Straw, £56 per roll. To bring the country feel up to date, pair industrial-style café chairs
with a classic farmhouse table, and mix and match napkin and tablecloth fabrics,
all from £52 per m. See more kitchen wallpaper design ideas in our inspiring gallery.
3. Embrace the colours of nature
Bound with nature, this new Olive Chalk paint (opens in new tab) from Annie Sloan brings a rustic, country feel to a period home, but with a moody twist. ‘It sits so beautifully with classic fabrics like a fine ticking, and textured plains like linens,’ says Annie. Paint from £5.95 for 120ml. See more kitchen paint colour scheme ideas in our gallery.
4. Complement period features with rustic woven fabrics
British weaver of designer fabrics Ian Mankin has teamed up with heritage charity The Landmark Trust to launch 1485, a collection (opens in new tab) inspired by historic properties from 1485 to 1603 in the charity’s care. From the Herringbone weave (on sofa in Blue and Russet) to Peake’s Check (in Parchment on ottoman), all the designs stem from decorative surfaces or architectural motifs seen at properties across the UK. Available from £39.50 per m, they are made from natural fibres and woven at Ian Mankin’s Lancashire weaving mill. Read more about choosing upholstery in our expert guide.
5. Mix and match folksy fabrics
Create a unique, homely and lived-in look by choosing soft furnishing and cushions in an array of colourful fabrics with abstract, folsky motifs, along with traditional wovens such as Welsh blankets. For a modern twist why not add into the mix a re-upholstered Mid-century chair?
Fabric designer Vanessa Arbuthnott's beautiful Cotswold home (below) teams co-ordinating prints from her own country collections. Be inspired by bags more traditional living rooms in our design gallery.
6. Chose a hallway wallpaper with rural scenes
Linking spaces like hallways can easily get overlooked when it comes to decorating. Try livening them up with feature wallpapers inspired by idyllic landscapes. New from Scandinavian wallpaper brand Boråstapeter, this Archipelago (opens in new tab) design depicts traditional Swedish coastal properties. £59 per roll at Wallpaper Direct. See more pretty hallway wallpaper ideas in our guide.
7. Choose soothing greens tones
Blueish green shades are a perfect complement to the warm, earthy tones of the weathered timber and stone in period country homes. Try using Pleat (opens in new tab) from Little Greene to bring an uplifting feel to practical spaces such as boot rooms. From £31 for 1ltr of Intelligent eggshell. See more green room ideas to inspire your scheme.
8. Mix and match bespoke and vintage storage solutions
Built-in cupboards are a great way to introduce storage into the irregular-shaped rooms of old country cottages. Balance the clean surfaces with the rustic textures of vintage wooden furniture and salvaged pieces. Find bespoke cabinetry and antiques at Devol (opens in new tab). See all our storage features, buys and advice pieces on our hub page.
9. Opt for fabrics in classic country checks
Nothing says country style like a cosy armchair covered in wool plaid. One of six checked wools launched in a new collaboration between woollen mill Moon (opens in new tab) and the National Trust, Mr Straw’s House in Aqua/Natural looks timeless here teamed with duck egg walls. Woven in Britain, the fabrics cost from £65.95 per m.
10. Decorate with Arts & Crafts prints
Embrace the beauty of nature in a bedroom with a statement fabric wall hanging brimming with floral motifs. Inspired by May Morris’ Arts & Crafts embroideries,
this new Wilhelmina Weave linen (opens in new tab) features scrolling acanthus leaves, honeysuckle and clematis, £119 per m at Morris & Co. For a contemporary edge, team with Sanderson’s dramatic Graphite paint, £45 per 2.5ltrs of Active matt emulsion.
For more inspiration check out these 13 Arts & Crafts decorating ideas.
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