Variations on the country-house style
Not everyone is a fan of the classic country-house style. Bulky rustic furniture often won’t fit in small apartments, for instance. That’s why city-dwellers tend to opt for the modern country-house style instead. The pared-back modern country style combines traditional country-house details with an industrial kitchen design. Clean shapes set the tone, but are broken up with details like snuggly pelts, dainty side tables and modern porcelain. This style of furnishing also comes close to the Scandinavian lifestyle that is centred around hygge (‘cosiness’ in Danish). The Scandinavian country-house style is based on especially calm colours: white furniture and accessories give each space a calm aura that invites you to relax. Lots of cushions, blankets, lamps, and warm wood tones enhance the ‘hyggelige’ atmosphere.
The Mediterranean country-house style, which uses strong colours, is a wholly different affair. It is defined by sunny yellow walls, often contrasting with dark wooden furniture. The deep blue of the sea, shades of turquoise in the accessories and materials like leather and cast iron all complete the picture. The British country-house style is about going back to basics. Dark wood tones also dominate here, combined with rich colours on the walls and striped accessories.