Getting the right mix of modern and vintage can be tricky, but when it is done well it creates a chic and inviting home. By taking inspiration from this beautiful property, The Hermitage, looked after by Cotswolds based Character Cottages, you can get an idea of how to incorporate both elements into your home to get that sought-after country-chic interior vibe.
Country-Chic Interior: Keep it Neutral
Neutral is always the best base; it means you can easily mix up colours later on and switch your interior style more often. It is best to keep more permanent fixtures neutral so that you can accessorize with colour whilst sticking to a timeless base.
Make sure to mix up the warm and cool tones; greys and whites may be very in style right now however warm tones are cosier and more inviting. Cooler, modern tones work best for walls, floors and permanent fixtures such as kitchens and bathrooms thanks to their timeless quality and their ability to work well with almost any other colours.
Bursts of Colour for a Country-Chic Interior
With a neutral base, you can then build colour in on top. Add in bursts of colour through smaller decorative items and furnishings such as cushions, throws and blankets. These can then be changed as you please even changing with the seasons; warm burnt oranges and reds for autumn winter and bright yellows or pink for summer.
Injecting pops of colour into your space will not only break up the room but will stop each room blending together, creating an individual space for each activity.
Cottages tend to have a reputation for being very traditional, however there are a range of properties that are now moving into a more modern vintage feel…which in turn ooze that country-chic vibe. It may seem that modern and vintage shouldn’t mix as they are polar opposites, however if done right, this combination can look effortlessly classy and stylish.
The key is to stick to modern permanent fixtures and add in statement pieces of vintage décor such as mirrors, lamps, vases and pictures.
Texture is key in country-chic; a mix of smooth and rough textures makes the home cosier and more inviting. Stick to smooth, clean lines for the walls, floors and cupboards but add in a range of textures through your soft furnishings, throws, rugs, blankets and smaller pieces of furniture.
Country-chic Interior Flooring
Wooden flooring is a stand out element in giving that authentic country cottage feel – pair it with a plush textured rug to add extra comfort. Rugs are extremely versatile so you can change colour easily and switch up styles without having to change the entire flooring.
If you have original floorboards which are in workable condition, then consider repairing them for true authentic wooden flooring. If this option isn’t possible, there are a whole host of options available which closely mimics floorboards.
Bring original features back
If you have an older home or cottage, there will no doubt be a number of original features which you may be tempted to change, such as doors or ceiling beams. Consider keeping these, as certain features can really compliment a modern interior thanks to their eye catching and contrasting qualities.
Don’t worry if your home is on the newer end of the spectrum – there are so many accessories which mimic these features which can be implemented. Antique wooden furniture does a fantastic job when it comes to adding vintage charm to a modern home and is pretty easy to come by. These features can mimic the feel of original farmhouse doors or wooden beams in a seamless manor, whilst ensuring they don’t take away from the rest of the room.
What do you think? Are you feeling inspired by these country-chic interior ideas?
(Disclosure: This post is in association with Character Cottages)2