Some of the key features of this trend include:
- The use of wood and other natural materials
- Neutral colour palette with complementary muted tones
- Mismatched design elements
- The use of pattern
Wood is a key element in a modern country space, so take advantage of any wooden floorboards, panelling or beams you might have in your home. If you don’t already have these elements, it’s worth considering flooring options that replicate the style in a natural-looking way. Bring in other natural materials, like wicker baskets and natural linens to further add to the look.
One of the joys of the modern country style is that you can get away with mismatched furniture and design elements. In fact, mismatching can add a lot of personality to your space. Mix dark wood with painted pieces, and keep the look modern by bringing in some current styles and clever storage units along with older, more traditional pieces. The style is also fairly practical, so try to choose items of furniture that serve a particular purpose.
When it comes to adding décor elements, the modern country style works well with repurposed items and pieces that look like they have a bit of wear on them. Incorporate interesting finds from markets and second-hand shops to create one-of-a-kind statements
Play With Colour and Texture
The modern country style is fairly simple in its aesthetic, so when you choose your colour palette it’s a good idea to start with neutrals like white, beige, cream, and shades of brown as your base. These natural colours will keep your look consistent, but don’t be afraid to add some warm hues. Blush pink, coral, deep blue and mustard yellow are all on-trend at the moment and work well with a neutral base. You can even create a feature wall in a colour of your choice, or update kitchen cabinets or a backsplash in a fresh shade.
Rugs, throws, cushions and blankets in warm shades work well, while patterns like tartans, stripes, checks and florals keep the look fresh. To keep the style modern and ensure your choice of pattern makes an impact, incorporate it on tiles, wallpaper or on the floor, keeping the rest of the room fairly simple and plain.
Texture is an important element in any modern country home. Embrace rough surfaces, natural materials, and even exposed brick walls. Reclaimed wood adds character, while concrete floors and bare plaster are also popular design features. Contrasting surfaces work well together in this style — think gritty walls and smooth tiles, for example.
Get the Look
The Treverkhdear Timber collection provides a realistic natural timber look, while the Ephedra collection incorporates shaded colours, knots and grains to enhance the true nature of wood on the ceramic surfaces.
If you love the look of fine oak flooring, it’s worth taking a look at our Prestige Oak collection. It reflects the beauty and character of traditional European oak, and is a popular choice among some of Australia’s leading architects and designers. It’s available in extra wide planks in an extensive palette of pre-finished natural and stained décors.
Our Manhattan collection of subway tiles are also a good fit for any modern country home. They are available in natural colour tones and strong colours. The tiles make a sophisticated design element with loads of character.