How to Create Country Style Bedrooms
Living in a city like Gloucester, or a buzzing town like Swindon, doesn’t have to dictate the decorating style for your bedroom. It’s possible to bring the countryside to the most metropolitan of settings – here’s how.
Flooring made of natural materials, such as reeds and rushes is hardwearing, practical and beautiful. It comes in a variety of woven textures and widths, as well as a range of natural colours. Create a unified scheme by using the same floor covering up the stairs and into the bedrooms. If you like to add a touch of luxury, a sheepskin rug (or manmade equivalent) keeps to the country theme.
Recycling and restoring never goes out of style and is a practical way of achieving a country look on a budget. Why not try wooden planks, repurposed as a headboard or storage box, after careful sanding to avoid splinters? Rag rugs and patchwork quilts are definitely in vogue and add a splash of colour. They’re also a great way of re-using fabrics from favourite shirts and dresses or children’s clothes that no longer fit.
Choosing cream linens, with floral bedcovers and curtains is one option. Alternatively, go for earth tones and terracotta on walls and bedspreads; or moss greens and leafy limes. Don’t forget that nature is colourful, so highlight feature items with a selection of blossom colours or introduce real plants.
Introducing the style of a bygone era doesn’t mean you have to be without life’s luxuries – you will still want to be warm. If you’re lucky enough to have a chimney, nothing beats an open fire or wood burner. Get cosy in your comfy bed with the flickering light of the fire casting shadows on the walls. (Be careful to have your chimney swept regularly though!)
Don’t forget the walls
Country-themed wall coverings could be plain emulsion or you could opt for wallpaper that uses a natural motif. Flowers and plants are the obvious choice but we’ve also seen stags, lime-washed plank effect and even a mural depicting a whole forest.