Modern Country Style

A million miles from twee, a modern take on country style will make your bathroom look fabulous. Here’s how to do it…

Why choose the modern country look
You don’t need to have a view across the village green, or wake up to baa-ing sheep every morning to bring the country look into your bathroom. It’s an enduring style and will work whether you live in a city, suburbia or the real thing. Worried it’s a bit behind the times? Go for a modern take on the look, and it’ll be fabulous, not frilly, we promise.
Don’t fret about your architecture, either. It’s a style that will work whether your room is blessed with beams and a pastoral view, or in a newer home with a bathroom or en suite that’s just a plain square or rectangle, creating a welcoming feel rich in detail.
Choose bathroom fittings
A traditional freestanding bath makes a great focal point for a modern country scheme. If your bathroom is big enough, put it centre stage in your room, but in a smaller space, you can still get the look by placing it centrally along one wall.
If a freestanding bath just isn’t going to fit, straight baths teamed with wooden bath panels will work beautifully.
Combine your bath with either a traditional pedestal basin, or mix in a more contemporary design, such as a wall-hung basin, which will help keep your bathroom spacious and airy – an atmosphere that’s just right for a modern country scheme.
Counter top basins are also worth considering – you can show off a gorgeously curvaceous number on a wooden worktop for a fresh twist on country style.
Pick the right bathroom taps
Traditional taps with lever handles are the perfect complement to a modern country scheme. Take a look at our Victoria basin taps. The trad look definitely isn’t compulsory for modern country, though. A successful scheme is an eclectic mix of old and new, so you can team both bath and basin with super sleek modern taps, too.
Bring in wood
If your bathroom has exposed beams, you’re off to a flying start when it comes to textures for a modern country scheme, as wood is key for the rustic finish you need. But don’t despair if you come up short on architectural features: wood is easy to introduce. Tongue and groove panelling looks fabulous, is easy to put up, and is a robust and practical finish in a bathroom. 
Swap a towelling bath mat for a wooden duckboard to bring wood in at floor level, and hang towels from a wooden ladder. If you’re adding artwork – which makes a great focal point – choose wood frames, too. Go for other organic textures in your scheme. Natural rattan baskets – these are from Garden Trading – are perfect for toiletries and towels, and willow and wicker will help the country vibe.
Create a bathroom colour palette
Steer clear of bright tones for towels to keep the look 21st century. Subtle neutrals are the way to go, and as soft and fluffy as you like – this is country with luxury, after all. These organic towels are in the Latte colourway from The Fine Cotton Company.
A contemporary country bathroom needs colour, but if you’re a fan of bold bathrooms, this isn’t a look for you. Instead, choose greens or blues to use on tongue and groove panelling, walls, or the side of a traditional freestanding bath to evoke natural colour. This room is painted in Arsenic Green by Farrow & Ball.
Add the finishing touches
If the only things looking back at you through the bathroom window are birds and bees, leave a contemporary country bathroom window undressed. Most of us would be exposing more than we or the neighbours bargained for, though, so avoid oversharing by choosing a fuss-free treatment with emphasis on the contemporary rather than the rustic. This sheer roller is from Hillarys and won’t block the light.
Lovers of decorative detail needn’t be put off by all this talk of naturalness and simplicity. Today’s version of country style delightedly embraces lighting with a touch of sparkle, and a windowsill can be dressed up with glinting glassware as well as country blooms. These accessories are from Dunelm Mill.

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