How to Mix Country with Contemporary

How to Mix Country with Contemporary
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    With the right balance of design touches, you can achieve that perfect combination of traditional and modern features without the overall effect looking eclectic or out of place – unlesss of course, that’s what you’re going for!

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There are so many inspirational and creative room design ideas available for your perusal; just check out Pinterest for inspiration for a mind-blowing catalogue of imaginative projects ranging from contemporary and minimal to breezy and nautical. By getting inventive with your own living space, you’ll find that the best way to find comfort in your home is to create it.

Work with What You’ve Got

If your room features an original feature fireplace or a seaside view from the window, work with it. If the structure of your home is slightly irregular, complement its charm with contrastingly clean, straight edges, or stick with the theme and work with more rustic fixtures.

Pick your direction and experiment with your space. Adventurous types could try creating seating from old wooden canoes, or investing in an antique feature such as a wooden ship wheel to add a sense of intrigue and adventure.

Pick a Focal Piece of Furniture

Go looking for one statement piece of furniture, and if you’ve fallen in love then you’ve found a theme for the rest of your furniture to follow. If it’s an antique reclaimed wooden table or something similar, try placing it near exposed brickwork or investing in stone flooring to really create that country cottage feel. If you’re looking for something more modern, try polished marble or metal furnishings for a much sleeker impression.

Repurpose and Recycle

Getting down to some good, old fashioned DIY is a fantastic way to really make your mark on your home; all the better when you’re using one-of-a-kind reclaimed elements in your décor. Collect interesting looking wine bottles, insert candlesticks and make a corner feature of light and glass.

Try repurposing extravagant looking liquor bottles or jars, and create bookshelves or storage options with old wooden apple crates. Your home is your very own tailor made experience, so having a go at making your own furnishings from scratch can create some really impressive effects.

Mix and Match Interiors

Include little decorative touches which relate to the overall effects you’re trying to combine. You can install a sleek electric fireplace or a modern radiator in a barn conversion, throw straw placemats onto the surface of your minimalist dinner table, or accessorise with earthenware vases in an otherwise understated room.

For a rustic cottage interior, try to integrate organic, roughly hewn decorative touches. If you’re trying to inspire a much more modern feel in contrast, experiment with glossy, minimal appliances and comparatively clean lines. This juxtaposition of structure and disorder will create a wonderfully unique theme throughout your home. 

Do you have any tips for mixing contrasting design themes? Share them below!

Estelle Page is an interior design enthusiast with a passion for mixing and melding different design themes. When she’s not redecorating her home for the 100th time she’ll be writing for Loveglass or raiding the shelves in antique shops looking for vintage treasures!

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