Five design ideas for a country-inspired space

Casual, cosy and inviting, here are five ways to bring provincial charm into your home
Derek Swalwell

Reminiscent of family holidays, homes imbued with rustic touches are warm and welcoming. With a relaxed, informal finish and big, open rooms a provincial-style home is a popular choice when decorating. 

Panelled cabinetry

Echoing the look of barns, panelled cabinetry walls give a space a vintage yet chic look. Another tip for your kitchen, try open shelving to add to the look and feel. 


Dark slabs of toffee-coloured timber work beautifully in a rural-style home. Floorboards and timber bench tops and tables in their natural state will create a traditional and cosy look and feel.

Antique furniture

Aged furniture, such as your grandmother’s bedside table or a distressed looking cabinet will add depth to your charming living space.

(Credit: Derek Swalwell)

Simple colour palette

Neutral colours work best when trying to achieve a rustic look. Stay away from bright colours, instead go for whites, creams, beiges, dusty blues or washed out pinks and greens.


Simple touches such as wrought iron, an old jug repurposed as a vase, exposed lighting and cleverly chosen basins will enhance the theme of your home.

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