Create some country comfort
Country style interiors conjure up tradition and old-fashioned comfort, perfect as we head into the cooler months. Think of a roaring fireplace, a deep armchair to sink into, soft rugs and earthy warm colours and you’ve pictured yourself the classic charm of country living.
While contemporary country style still heaps on the comfort, this modern version tends to keep it simple, rather than overpowering and busy, allowing for space and clean lines. We even have our own version of country style here in the Northern Rivers. The weather is warmer compared to other regions that embrace country style interiors, plus we tend to mix it up, adding pieces collected from our travels with our own Australiana vintage pieces.
What doesn’t change, however, is the emphasis on raw materials that are the hallmark of country style. Those materials include plenty of timber, exposed bricks or stone, plus cosy country fabrics such as fur, leather, wool and linen.
Hero items of the country home
If you’re lucky enough to have an open fire or a wood burning heater, then that will automatically create a focus in the home, especially in the cooler months. Other iconic country-style pieces would include any exposed wooden bench spaces, hand-turned timber dining chairs, plus an overstuffed, deep and sublimely comfortable sofa or armchairs. For the down-to earth bathroom, nothing beats the humble claw foot bath for charm and the ability to soak away all your country dirt and cares.
The heart of the country home
The kitchen is the true heart of any country home. Ideally a country kitchen would feature hand-finished cabinetry in either a colonial or shaker style and a timber kitchen island. A large and central kitchen table is also typical, creating the perfect gathering space for the family and friends that often doubles up as a warm and welcoming workspace for children.
Timber is king in a country home. If you’re lucky enough to inherit antique timber furniture, display it with pride. But for most of us, vintage stores, markets, garage sales and op shops are where we source these timeless treasures – and here in the Northern Rivers there is an abundance of choice for vintage country furniture.
Country-style homes tend to include collections of pottery (preferably hand thrown) and vintage or even antique porcelain. For soft furnishings, it’s heavy curtains, plenty of soft, feather-filled cushions and natural linen bedding. Rugs scattered on timber floors are also a natural choice to create down-on-the-farm country chic. For small decorative pieces, it’s vintage all the way. Yesteryear spice and food jars, timber framed clocks and paintings, rustic knick-knacks and thick woollen throws all help to create a country-style, cosy ambience.
Fabric patterns in country homes typically include classical chintz, stripes, checks and plaids, and in any combination to create an iconic country feel. Lighting should be soft, such as the glow of lamps rather than harsh, overhead lighting. And finally, a country home brings the outdoors inside with lashings of fresh flowers and greenery to add to the natural earthiness of a cosy country home.
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Nothing beats the charm of a claw foot bath tub.