The country look is synonymous with British interiors, combining cosy cottages and rustic farmhouse styles with solid design, heritage prints and a colour palette taken from the outdoors. With an emphasis remaining on comfort, nature and practicality, visions of Victorian grandeur often come into the mix too.
And then there's the cool, calm and collected Scandi look that seems to be the word on every interior designer's lips. Not so dissimilar from country interiors, there's a huge emphasis on nature, light and organic, natural design. However, many elements of Scandinavian design can seem a little too stripped-back for many, and some decor choices such as skipping the curtains or blinds to soak up a view may sound like a dream but just won't work on a typical British street.
If country or Scandi interiors have always resonated with you but you'd rather not commit to one interior style, we say, forget about conforming to design rules and merge the two together. Aspects of Scandinavian design mixed with a touch of country charm will create a truly British take on the Scandi style that looks perfectly in-touch with your surroundings.
Read on to find out how you can mix the two for an individual look.
Less is more, but it doesn’t need to mean stripping everything back to white and wood. Soft cushions, throws and curtains or blinds in shades of soft pea green, lilac and duck egg blues will add a chic touch to your country-Scandi space. As a rule of thumb, think about a cottage garden and the colours you may find in one. Also opt for shades of cream, buttermilk, barley or magnolia rather than white.
If it's the love of simplicity and white that gets you excited about Scandi interiors, then turn it on its head and tone down a British country look by opting for everything in white. Typically British features such as a country-kitchen pantry cupboard will look great when whitewashed, and a fluffy white sheepskin rug will give you somewhere to sink your feet into, remind you of the country and relax.
Bringing nature into the home plays a big part in Scandinavian interiors. We're not just talking about the occasional vase of flowers or plant, but oversized, leafy plants and lots of foliage. Embrace the British countryside and look for native-to-Britain varieties that will look great when perched on a bookcase or coffee table, and flaunt a British love of flowers with kitsch prints and vintage floral pattern.
Contrast soft, traditional shapes with mid century angled legs, hits of metal and simple, nature inspired accents such as decorative birch or driftwood. Rather than trying to match all your cushions to one design, pick out two printed ones and prop them against block coloured, textured variations and a mismatching rug to mix it up. Embrace your eccentric side and don't be afraid to showcase a colour or period clashing collection.
Place a high wingback chair reminiscent to one that your grandad might have had in the corner, and prop a few patchwork or cosy cushions on the seat. The country look is all about comfort, so blend it with the Scandi style by giving your colour choices careful consideration and restricting your palette. A cosy footstool to rest tired feet on won't go amiss either.
Any country interior will pride itself on well made furniture that may have seen families through many generations. Embrace traditional design by opting for beautiful, elegant pieces that give a nod to period design, and equally embrace the Scandi aesthetic by keeping colour simple. A statement chandelier with a touch of subtle colour will add a touch of modernity, as well as remind your guests of its interior roots.
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