A little bit country
Even if you spend your days in an urban setting, it's easy to give your home the gentle flavour of a rural idyll. Modern country style is all about creating a feeling of relaxation, of being in tune with the ebb and flow of the seasons and the sun, rather than train timetables and the tyranny of the nine to five. The key ingredient is texture; not too rustic – this is modern country, after all – but with lots of timber and woven materials, such as wool, linen, wicker and jute, set against a pale backdrop that highlights the warmth of natural hues. Nature is ever-present, whether in creeping greenery and the dappled shade it casts, or the rust tones of turning leaves, echoed in the colours of cushions and soft furnishings. No leafy outlook? Add pots in raw materials, stocked with tall plants or spilling over with greenery. If you can picture yourself whiling away an evening, simply soaking up the serenity, you’re on the right track.
Keep your dining area relaxed with sociable benches, a linen tablecloth and a textured rug. See our header image for some inspiration on how to complete this look.
Make a window seat inviting with a timber coffee table and chunky cushions and throws. Add a subtle pop of greenery with a small potted plant and pot to match.
In full swing
Turn your garden into a playground for little adventurers.
In cool zones, a greenhouse provides a stable, protected environment for year-round vegetables.
Get the look
Get the modern country look going on in your house starting by heading into your local Bunnings.
Photo credit: Brigid Arnott