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Modern Country

Do you find the country living look appealing, but feel it’s a touch too traditional? Modern Country has the same understated, elegant country style… but with a fresh, nature-inspired twist. If you like the sound of this contemporary trend, read on for our style tips and inspiration.
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The Modern Country Style Sofa

When you think of a country style sofa, something deeply cushioned with softly curving lines in a neutral shade usually springs to mind. Perhaps with classic scroll arms and turned feet. Cottage style sofas are all about deep-seated comfort and classic lines, but the Modern Country style sofa can be more contemporary. Think cream or grey sofas with simple silhouettes, open bases and tapered legs. What matters is that your sofa is deeply cushioned, welcoming and relaxed.


Modern country sofas

Modern Country furniture

Furniture in shades of soft white and taupe make any room feel fresh and spacious, whilst pieces in natural wood add warmth. Classic country furniture never goes out of fashion – think two toned furniture in beautiful wood and painted wood. You can then add pieces such as a modern coffee table or side table or a contemporary leather accent chair. The beauty of the Modern Country style is in this eclectic mix.


Modern country dining

Dining Modern Country style

With Modern Country dining you can continue the mix of rustic and modern. For example a farmhouse style dining table or shabby chic dining table paired with modern dining chairs. Or you can choose a sophisticated, coordinated dining set, perhaps in natural and grey painted wood or in wood and metal – so the style is fresh and modern but the wooden table top has that rustic warmth.


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Modern country décor – pale soft colours and rich textures

For your walls and floors, choose paler, soft, unsaturated colours and – within that restful palette – introduce interesting textures through your soft furnishings. Think chalk cottons, rich textured weaves and charcoal knits for curtains, upholstery, throws and cushions. Cotton rugs can be understated, or go for a large sheepskin rug for tactile luxury.

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Nature inspired accents

Elegant, beautifully crafted accessories are key to this contemporary, sophisticated look, with inspiration taken from nature. Imagine a ceramic vase filled with knotted branches, a botanical patterned lamp base, a lush houseplant or two or a recycled glass jar filled with wild flowers.

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Home accessories mixing modern and classic

Occasional pieces and finishing touches can be modern or classic or a mix of the two – a decorative antique rug or classic clock can work with a modern pendant light with a funky glass shade. And floral cushions or a floral shabby chic armchair can look good alongside a striking contemporary metal floor lamp. Add a touch of warming ‘hygge’ candlelight with a hurricane vase and pillar candle.


Modern arm chair

Key style tips for the Modern Country look

When it comes to the Modern Country trend, the trick is to keep it simple. Start with a few key neutrals such as creams and whites, soft greys and charcoal – combining different shades of cream and grey to mix the warm with the cool. Then add that all important texture and interest with natural woods, cottons, chunky knits and woven fabrics. And remember, less is more. Choose just a few statement accessories that you love, and give them pride of place.

Once you’re finished you should have a living space that you can truly relax in, comfortable, restful and elegant but also decidedly contemporary.



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