A Little Bit Country

Country style has thrown off its frills and fussy details and taken on a sleeker, more contemporary look, but hasn’t lost its comfort and charm.

Keep it simple

“Be careful not to overdo the rustic elements when creating a modern country look,” advises interior decorator Evi Elsner of Home Concept. “Simple is best. In this kitchen, the whitewashed brick wall and wooden dining room furniture form the ideal backdrop for a few black accents in the form of a wire pendant, table lamp and star ornament.” Dining room table from Now and Then Vintage, wire pendant from Weylandts.


Good wood

“Timber plays an essential role in the new look of country style,” says designer Pim Verdoorn of Leon at CCXIX in Cape Town.

“However, too much raw wood can look dull, so for this living and dining setting, I chose pieces that have painted sections, such as the coffee table and a dining table with a dark-stained surface. The texture is another important element, especially if you have a neutral colour scheme. It adds interest and a comfortable tactile quality.” All furnishings from Leon at CCXIX.

Kitchen cool

Although the cabinetry and chandelier in this kitchen are quite conventional, the screed flooring and up to date appliances give a modern edge to it. I love the comfortable country appearance. Polished Rhodesian Rosewood worktop and the stainless steel elements are practical, but however add that urban feel,” says decorator Lyrene Zimmerman of The Furniture Guild.

True blue

“It’s the combination of old and new in this powder room that makes it interesting,” says Lyrene Zimmerman of The Furniture Guild. “The floating concrete vanity and shelf bring in the industrial elements and the leopard print wallpaper a touch of glam, but it’s the framed mirror, the pictures, the collection of ceramic rabbits and the rustic basket that make the overall effect modern country.”

Bedtime story

“A good way to update country style is to contrast neutral furnishings with deep rich walls,” says decor stylist Jo Trappitt. “In this bedroom, the curves of the headboard, the textured quilt and the buttoned ottoman epitomise the country look. They’d look lovely even against a plain wall, but the dark brown panelled-effect wallpaper brings them into focus, making even the soft floral cushions look up-to-date.”

Centre court

A courtyard offers great potential to create a unique outdoor entertaining area. It’s important though that the decor harmonises with the style of your home.

Expert advice

Jo’burg interior decorator, Joanne Roelofsz has these practical tips for a stylish courtyard

  • Select furniture that’ll withstand the elements. Materials such as wrought iron, galvanised mild steel, stone and wood are durable and practical.
  • Make sure the furniture fits the space and allows enough room for movement around the seating area.
  • Keeping to a neutral scheme allows you to add splashes of trendy colour at a later stage.
  • Find a floor tile that enhances the style of the area and is easy to maintain.
  • Add walls and paving to soften and choose plants suited to the light conditions. Pick for plants with height if space is limited and add colour with annuals.
  • Add interest to empty walls by mounting ornamental objects on them.
  • Light fittings like wall-mounted sconces permit you to appreciate the courtyard in the evenings.


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