Want to add some country chic to your home? Think of the traditional style – all natural materials and traditional patterns – and update it with clean lines and moody hues. Words: Kara O’Reilly
This sideboard is part of Jasper Conran’s brand new J by Jasper Conran furniture range for Debenhams, which celebrates traditional joinery skills and references Shaker simplicity.
Farringdon wide-leg sideboard, £1,000, debenhams.com
This clean-lined bench is the perfect piece of flexible furniture and will work in every space from the hallway to dining room, kitchen to spare bedroom.
Natural teak bench, £750, coxandcox.co.uk
For a dramatic modern country house look, paint a room from ceiling to skirting in a bold colour. Finish the look with a classic carpet pattern updated in a matching deep hue.
Sisool Plaid carpet in Rich Plaid, £100 per sq m, crucial-trading.com
Look to the old-school bathrooms in some of our famous country piles for your styling inspiration. Fired Earth is adept at updating classic looks – such as this basin console and coloured tile splashback – to make them just-right for now.
Versailles small console, £1,300; Cinema wall tiles in Lincoln and Pantages, £49.80 per sq m; Sorrento porcelain flooring in Nizza, £99.80 per sq m; other items, from a selection, all firedearth.com
This timeless, practical, tactile, wooden bench and table combo is the perfect way to add some country house chic to your kitchen.
Gray & Willow dining table, £1,599, and matching bench, £499, both houseoffraser.co.uk
Ticking stripes and plaid checks are the ultimate in classic country patterns. Play with the scale of the prints and switch up the colours to something stronger and you have a whole new take on the look.
Armchair covered in Ayr Check, £39.50 per metre; all other fabrics, from the Britannia collection, all from ianmankin.co.uk
Fill your conservatory with beautifully crafted, elegant furniture that will work both indoors and out.
From left: Croft Collection Islay bench, £200; Croft Collection Islay lounging armchairs £250 each; all other items, from a selection, all johnlewis.com
With its clever referencing of classic French and English styles brought bang up to date in tactile materials and modern colours, Loaf is a go-to for contemporary country styling.
Margot bed in Scuffed Grey, from £845, loaf.com
Pick tonal fabrics from the same collection to harmonise your curtains with your upholstery. Make a real statement by using your prints to emphasise scale – like these boldly checked floor-sweeping curtains.
Curtains made from Elemental Conistone fabric in Lolite, £49.95 per m; chair upholstered in Elemental Threshfield fabric in Jade, £49.95 per m; both moons.co.uk
What is lovelier than a focal-point fireplace? Make it more fuel and heat efficient – not to mention more up to date – by installing a wood-burning stove.
Panther 2110 stove, £1,715, morso.co.uk
A chic headboard upholstered in a trad fabric makes for a comfortable interpretation of the modern country look.
Clerkenwell double bed in Barra Check and Barra Plain, from £1,031, sofasandstuff.com
A utility area doesn’t have to be an afterthought; instead finish it with the same attention to detail that you give to other rooms. Fitted storage will help maximise the space and make it more user-friendly.
Chicester cabinets, from £475; Stratton step stool, £230 and Ashcroft baskets, from £23, all neptune.com