Give Your Home a Country Feel

Are you a fan of rural properties?

country style interior

In this guide, we’ll explore the best ways to decorate your home like it’s a country cottage-styled household.

Out With the New, In with the Rustic

Rustic materials and accessories are perfect if you want to bring a country feel to your home.

Some ideas worth considering include the following:

  • Dried and faux flowers
  • Antique seagrass tray with handles
  • Old timber chest
  • Rustic rugs
  • Welly boot stand
  • Duck ornament
  • Use pastel tones

The pastel palette can go a long way to give a peaceful rural feel to a room, even if you're actually located in the heart of a major British city.

Chalky white/light grey walls can make for a soothing background, with light pastels added to create the gentlest of visual contrasts throughout the room (e.g., pastel blues, pastel pinks and variations of pastel whites).

country style bedroom

Including white-painted furniture can help complete the effect.

Simplicity is Key

As you might already have a sense of, keeping things simple is ideal if you want to achieve the right sort of country feel for your home.

Again, white/light grey-toned walls can really help to achieve the desired effect. Moreover, matching this wall colour with dark timber flooring can create a simple but effective contrast.

Natural textures (e.g., timber dining table and wooden chairs in the case of a kitchen) can really enhance the country feel of the space.

Keep it Retro

There are 3 Rs to consider when creating a country feel in your home, rustic, rural and retro. Ideally, you should opt for retro designs when it comes to your appliances. After all, if you want to create a country feel in your kitchen, having a modern, sleek fridge rather than help with hurt your cause.

Add Shutters to Windows

Venetian blinds are well-suited to modern, urban households, but to create a rural feel, you should opt for country-style shutters instead.

window shutters

More specifically, when it comes to bedrooms and bathrooms, full-height folding shutters will be best for blocking out light and maximising privacy. On the other hand, cafe-style shutters will likely suffice downstairs.

Use Reclaimed Wood

Reclaimed wood is the perfect material for creating a rustic country feel. Reclaimed wood is processed wood which has previously been used for another purpose (e.g., constructing industrial buildings, barns, ships etc.).

Its used and slightly worn look actually gives it a country charm that can work wonders in making your home feel like it’s an old-timey country home.

Some reclaimed wood fittings/accessories you might want to consider are:

  • Reclaimed wood benches
  • Reclaimed wood kitchen table and chairs
  • Reclaimed wood serving trays
  • Reclaimed wood light fixtures
  • Reclaimed wood storage chests
  • Tongue-and-Groove Wall Panelling

Another idea that may appeal to you is to add tongue-and-groove wall panelling to your bedroom or bathroom. A light grey tone or white paint will work well, assuming that the rest of the wall is a similar or identical tone.

Countryside Vibes

From the inclusion of suitable flowers in a jug to a painting of rolling countryside hills to a cushion with a farmyard animal, decorating your home with accessories and other decorations that display or give off a rural vibe can help with achieving the overall mood you’re going for.

country kitchen

We recommend doing some shopping around and finding the right ornaments, decorations, accessories, furniture etc., that can help create the look and feel you’re going for. All in all, be sure to consider how all features of your new home design will work together to maximise the country feel.

What Else?

Aside from the ideas already discussed, you may want to:

  • Luxurious standalone bathtub
  • Include authentic craft elements
  • Rustic vases and flower pots
  • Country-style lanterns for your garden
  • Rustic kitchenware

You may want to consider hiring a professional designer to help bring your vision to life. They may have feedback and new ideas that can help turn your initial idea into an even better and more complete design.

Last updated by MyJobQuote on 24th April 2023.
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