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Give a living room country style

A countryside location is not necessary to pull off country style in your home. This classic look can make a townhouse feel just as peaceful as a rural cottage. The main ingredients to achieve a country scheme are natural textures, soft fabrics, traditional prints and eclectic displays of well-loved artwork and accessories - think simple, relaxed and cosy.

The easiest way to achieve a country look is to stick to a pared-back palette of off-whites and soft neutrals. Add natural textures with wooden furniture, sisal rugs, wool blankets and seagrass and wicker storage. Loose-covered sofas will add to the relaxed look and chunky-knit cushions covers and throws will ensure the room feels inviting. Try The White Company for great chunky knits. If your floorboards are in good condition, pull up old carpets and restore the boards by sanding them and finishing them with either a wood varnish or white paint.

If you like a bright, breezy look, try creating a coastal scheme with tongue-and-groove panelling, inspired by the white clapboard houses of New England. A palette of red, white and blue will add a distinctly stateside appeal, whereas ticking stripes in chalky shades, such as soft pink, stone or grey will have a more English seaside feel. Combine warm wooden furniture and painted storage with distressed surfaces for a weathered appearance. Create the look and try for a selection of distressed wooden furniture. 

To give your living room vintage style, pick up second-hand furniture and antiques at car-boot sales, charity shops and vintage fairs. Show off preloved pieces that family members have passed down to you in eclectic displays of artwork, glassware and accessories. Mixing up cushion covers with different patterns will create a dreamy, bohemian look; just choose prints of a similar size so they balance each other out. A wall display of mismatched china is a great finishing touch to add character and colour to your room.

Red and cream living room
For an inviting, cosy look, try using warm colour. This Highland-inspired living room in red and cream oozes country charm. Give a deep-red sofa a pattern boost with plaid cushions and a chunky-knit cream throw.

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Photograph by Tim Young