Get the look: country style

TEXT AND STYLING JULIE KENNEY PHOTOGRAPHS GREG COX

With muted tones, rustic textures and a subtle dash of industrial chic, the new modern country look might be more pared down, but it’s still big on character and comfort

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An eat-in kitchen should be at the heart of any country-style home. For an updated version of the classic kitchen diner, select furnishings that are a new take on traditional designs, like this timber and metal table and contemporary riempie chair. Vintage-looking pendant lights and a wooden veggie box will add the finishing touch. For table settings that are elegant yet down to earth, team wooden boards with natural linens and add an assortment of beautifully shaped white ceramics to the mix.

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It’s a trend to give nostalgic forms a mod spin by transforming them into ceramics, like this playful take on an old enamel coffee pot.

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Although a pared-down palette of white, greys and browns is a mainstay of a modern country look, the resulting scheme needn’t be boring. Compensate for the limited use of pattern and colour by layering textures to create interest and add depth – think slouchy linens, rattan coffee tables, woven chairs and coir mats. Sumptuous scatters and throws will keep things comfortable, while slip covers will add a practical touch.

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A contemporary four-poster bed will make a statement in any bedroom; soften its clean lines with layers of quality bedlinens, mohair blankets and hand-stitched scatters and quilts. Give a nod to a walk in the countryside with a tree-shaped coat stand, a painted tree stump that doubles as an occasional table, botanical prints and freshly picked flowers.

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A free-standing roll-top bath and old-fashioned fittings will set the scene for a tranquil soak. Bring the look bang up to date with some trendy metro tiles and stylish side tables.

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Give traditional outdoor furniture a zesty update with bright colours, playful designs and bold scatters. Tree stumps make the perfect side tables or stools. Hang candles in glass jars and vintage lanterns to provide light and ambience for evening soirées.

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