Homely, country-inspired interiors offer exactly what we desire when it comes to darkening autumnal evenings spent wrapped up on the sofa: natural wood accents, soft, warming lighting, cosy furnishings and plenty of textured blankets to hunker down in.
But this year there’s a subtle twist. Enter ‘modern country’, an interior trend that encapsulates all the comforts of easy rural style with clever design details and a fresh, simple aesthetic. Featuring multifunctional, elegant, clean designs with warm hues, natural textiles and a timeless neutral colour palette, modern country gives an instant, timely update that will never go out of style, for furnishings that feel both fresh and for ever.
The neutral pale tones of modern Scandi style are balanced by the richness of the countryside palette, while the polish of contemporary design is softened by rustic nature. The result? The best of both worlds and a timeless look that will last season after season. Here’s our guide to the key pieces you need.
For the living room
Mix white walls and grey panelling with design classics such as the Sherlock II Armchair (£250) or Charlbury Sofa (£1,299), with its wide, scrolled arms and a deep buttoned back. For contrast, look for furnishings and accessories in subtle plaids and neutrals, or, for a colour pop, opt for teal or dark navy velvet. Gold accents will further refine the look and play well with these darker tones – try one of Next’s range of statement floor lamps and the Gold Drinks Trolley (£125). Or go rustic with neutral cushions, rugs and throws (from £8).
For the bedroom
A modern country bedroom combines subtle patterns and hand-pleasing textures. Transform yours into a calming haven with dark grey walls and a tactile Paris Bed (from £550) plus Cotton Check Bed Set (from £35). To bring warmth, use luxurious rugs and throws, quilts and blankets in beige, cream and light grey for a natural-cosy feel. Add interest with framed wall art, using different sizes to create a gentle order. White accents, from bedding to lamps, and a Madeline Bedside Table (£225) will complete the look.
For the dining room
Beautiful wood furnishings aren’t just for rambling rural escapes. Look for pieces that combine rustic timbers with smart design for the perfect contrast. Try a simple Adley Dining Table (£650) and matching Bench (£299), or the Alma Dining Table (£599) which pairs a grey-washed mango wood top with geometric black metal legs. Accessorise with tablewear in simple creams and greys and textured glasses. Then make a statement with bold lighting, like the Dillon Droplet Pendant (£50) with its modern exposed-filament bulb.
Easy updates for the season ahead
Whether you want to tap into new trends, up the cosy factor or make your home more special for the season ahead, Next Home has everything you need to make effortless updates that will transform every room.From easy accessories to so-comfy sofas, and stylish lighting, tableware and furnishings that will make instant impact, it’s never been simpler to make your home work harder, so you can focus on enjoying every moment with your loved ones in the place that matters most.
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