Everyone loves the idea of escaping to the countryside. TV producers have even made several very successful programs which follow people looking for a country idyll away from the hustle and bustle of the towns and cities
Whether you are living the dream and have miles of countryside literally on tour doorstep or you live in a high rise in London it is still possible to have a country style home which will make you feel as though you could be anywhere at all.
Pulling together a country style look is easier than you might imagine and can often be achieved with things which are already around the house. The best thing is that old worlde charm often means simple old things. These can be found at boot sales, auctions and second hand stores. Many furnishings can also be handmade.
The bedrooms should be overflowing with pale colours. Whites, the palest blues and yellows with whitewashed floors and natural woods. Try using hand crocheted bed throws, knitted cushions, faded quilts and florals and team them with the purest white linen. The walls should be whitewashed, adding to the clean fresh atmosphere. Don't forget the huge bunch of wild flowers.
Once again go for neutral colours and old fashioned items. Pick a bathroom suite from a reclamation yard. Victorian or Georgian is a good period to choose from. A roll top bath will work well in a country bathroom. All the trappings of modern life must be hidden away. Everything must look as though you will have to light a fire and draw the water from a well. Simple uncluttered, but clean and fresh. Think creams and whites with natural wood and even rope and Hessian. Natural and pretty.
Most DIY stores will now sell fitted kitchens in the country style, so you do not need to compromise on the practicalities of your kitchen when trying this style. Once again the colours are muted florals and pastels, usually on a white or cream background. Use oak flooring and add an oak or pine dresser for added storage and display space. Finishing touches such as enamelled pots hanging from the ceiling, pretty floral blinds, preserving jars on display, and plain white table settings will add to the charm and rustic nature of your kitchen. If there is room, then the country kitchen needs a large wooden table in the centre. It will become the hub of the room and will double as a work surface.
Colour and texture can be combined in this area of the house. Take the palest of whites, creams blues and pinks and add layers of wool, quilting, even satin and cotton. The floor should be wood if possible, although a pale cream carpet will be OK. Furniture should be oak or whitewashed pine, maintaining the pale hues at all times. All the soft furnishings to look inviting and not austere. The sofa should be large and comfortable with throws and cushions. Litter the room with books and flowers and use natural materials such as rattan and cane to provide shelving and storage.
The country style look is all about comfort and ease of design. The pale hues make it light, airy and clean looking and undoubtedly are designed to make the outside space even more beautiful in comparison.