HOW TO DO MOD­ERN COUN­TRY

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Use colour as a link be­tween a pe­riod prop­erty and a mod­ern ex­ten­sion. The sim­i­lar tones will pull a scheme to­gether.

Choose ma­te­ri­als that are sim­ple and beau­ti­fully crafted, such as wood and nat­u­ral fab­rics, for a har­mo­nious de­sign through­out.

A plain back­ground en­sures the fur­ni­ture doesn’t fight with the walls, but a sim­ple geo­met­ric pat­tern can bring life to a neu­tral space.

Think about the flow. Open up small rooms with larger spa­ces, re­veal­ing beams when pos­si­ble, to make the most of a ceil­ing height.

Tongue-and­groove pan­elling can dis­guise an awk­ward-shaped room, and adds in­ter­est to a neu­tral scheme.

Re­uphol­ster mod­ern pieces of fur­ni­ture with tra­di­tional wool to add char­ac­ter.

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