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Room by room: get the traditional country style

10 October 2016

We’ve rounded up our favourite ideas for adding rustic style to your home. From curved edges and lovingly aged surfaces, to loose covers, cushions for extra comfort and timeless pieces made from solid wood and wrought iron – here are five ideas to help you get the style. And our mini photo galleries will show you how to make the look work for every room

How to capture traditional country style in your home


Stripes are a key pattern for the country look
Check and gingham fabric captures the country style
Choose natural materials for storage boxes


Gingham, patchwork and stripes are key textile patterns for traditional country style. And floral fabrics help bring the outdoors into your home and complement natural materials like wood and wicker.


Dining room

Loose covers for chairs add extra comfort
Mix and match your crockery
Contrast neutral shades with colourful patterns
Layer old family china with newly bought items


Mix plain with patterned, old with new, and curvy with straight for a relaxed country look. Try layering old family china with newer pieces to create a table setting that’s full of character.

Living room

Add bold colours to warm up a white room
Add colour with scatter cushions and rugs
An accent wall adds personality to a white room
Dark greens complement natural materials


Start with whites and neutral shades for your floors, walls and larger pieces of furniture; then add colour with cushions, rugs, canvas prints or an accent wall. Muted yellows and greens, or bold reds and blues, will warm up a white base.


Patchwork quilts give a cosy country look
Contrast stained wood with white
Use fabric instead of wardrobe doors
Wrought iron adds a handmade touch


Choose a mix of wood, stone and woven fibres to give your home a rustic look. And add a handmade touch to your bedroom with wrought iron bed frames, curtain poles or light fittings.


Brighten up an alcove with an open bookshelf
Open storage is easier to keep tidy
Add a fabric curtain to hide modern bathroom essentials
Wicker gives a handmade, country look


Use wicker baskets, glass jars, metal buckets and wooden dressers to add extra country style and texture around your home. Try brightening up an alcove with an open bookshelf, or use fabric to disguise modern bathroom essentials.