What do you think of when you consider country living? Little cottages with open fires and tiny rooms, crammed with bunky furniture? Or country manors inhabited by aristocrats, dining on cucumber sandwiches while sipping sherry?
2018 is the year of the home inspired by nature. When the rest of the world is going crazy around us, we’re looking for comfort, safety, and solitude in our living spaces. So, capturing some ideas from cozy little cottages and cold, grandiose country homes can help our city dwelling feel more like an escape.
We’ve searched for the best country living room ideas. We think you’re going to love our country influences with a distinct city attitude.
Comfortable color palettes are the tonal influence of 2018, and there’s very little that’s more relaxing than shades of green. Here, the tepid hue of teal is warmed by the strong, dark tones of the door and its frame; echoed along the painted staircase and the stripped wooden floors. The aged Chesterfield is resplendent in chocolate leather adding earthen embers to this natural spectrum of stony warmth. Although this room may feel bare, it’s full of comforting, reassuring color that could easily adapt to the city. The artwork sits within framed panels which is a country-manor touch that, in moderation, can also look good in a city home. The dado rail is back for 2018; but beware the 1980s cottage-style duotone. This wall is of solid color, presenting the dado as a feature, rather than an unfortunately outdated noose.
This room is splendid in stunning grey and white. The brave, white sofas contrast beautifully against the grey dappled wallpaper, while the modern shelving and black bucket seats are a knowing nod towards the stylish present. The chandelier provides the grace and stature associated with country manors, while the inset ceiling design is subtly lit with LEDs. This swish country pad in grey and white is a mood-board of style and tradition that would work in any ample living space.
Tribal designs are particularly fashionable for home interiors this year, so the tartan clan sees a welcome return. Patterned carpets with busy, repetitious patterns can be problematic for a small room, but the regular lines of this baby blue and beige tartan carpet enhances the natural dimensions of this large room. The sofa material echoes the carpet but using a tartan variation that complements the blues, greys, and beiges. The wooden coffee table is unpolished and rustic, as is the small side-table. The tall, beamed ceiling is resplendent in natural oak, while the ceiling slats are painted in a pastel shade sitting somewhere in the spectrum between the carpet and the sofa. The cream walls and large windows give this country living space an airy, welcoming feel.
Wood panelling is an instant fix for dodgy walls. There’s something comforting about the way that wood soaks up sound, making a cladded room instantly cozy, and a real escape from the stresses and strains of the outside. The grey, matte wall paint has natural imperfections which add character, while contrasting texturally and tonally with the exposed, unfinished beams. The super-sized rug covers varnished floorboards, and the chocolate brown of the retro, Knowle-style leather sofa adds distinction and comfort. The open inglenook reveals an exposed fireplace, remarkable by the sudden appearance of brick hues – a surprising, industrial ingredient in this otherwise traditional setting. The mismatched candlesticks suggest the higgledy-piggledy often associated with country cottages.
To the Manor Born
Cue the trumpet fanfare, as we enter the aristocratic world of the country manor. Large rooms can feel cold and impersonal, but the genius use of blues make this cavernous space cozy. The turquoise velvet three-seater sofa is luxurious and spacious, while the scatter cushions in golden tribal prints are so contrasting that they appear to float. The pale denim of the club-chairs blend with the wall paint, highlighted with yellows around the picture frame and the vase atop the bookcase. The plush carpet is so deep that you may very well lose one of the corgis in the pile. Luxurious, retro decadence at its finest.
The over-stuffed lazy sofas are so inviting that they look like they’ll wrap around you and suck you in. This homely space is a welcoming palette of natural whites and browns, with textures that remind you that you’re in the country. The sisal flatweave carpet, although uncomfortable on the knees, feels pleasant underfoot, and is a hard-wearing, natural fiber that truly brings the outside inside. The battered tea-chest coffee table is a lovely touch – rustic and characterful, but also an excellent storage solution. The wheat-colored walls and ceiling veil this cozy room in a blissful calm, while the deep-set front window reminds you of the total protection from the elements, highlighting the depth of the walls. The casual scatter cushions and tartan throw give this comfy room a lived-in, unfussy vibe. Tranquility and harmony.
Woodland Reds and Burnt Oranges
This country living room is crammed with wooden features; from the rustic coffee table, to the personalized crates brimming over with wood, ready for the fire. The hearth is made from a naked train-track sleeper, chosen for its natural knots and unique grain. But what is particularly striking about this space is the use of autumnal reds, featured in the scatter cushions, and hinted at in the dark wood of the varnished floorboards. The burnt orange of the sofa throw, the candle selection, and the trinkets on display on the shelving complete this subtle feature color, providing warmth, homeliness, and a touch of 70s chic. These signature colors really do lift this space, providing the warmth and coziness that is so in demand from our living quarters. This room is totally relaxed while remaining uncluttered – a peaceful haven for warming the cockles.
So, there you have it – a variety of living room spaces inspired by countryside living. We hope you love these country living room ideas as much as we do. Tell us what you think in the comments section below, and share with your friends. Thanks for reading.