CREATE THE LOOK…

This scheme is ideal for hibernating in this season, so snuggle up and we’ll show you how to copy the look

How do I choose which colours?

The colour palette is essential in bringing the modern country look together Shades of moss green, rich reds and russets with claret or earthy tones will bring in the country element, or dip into more modern colour tones with greys, yellows and neutrals for a contemporary celebration. The grey tone is what will give the look a steely and industrial edge and move it away from country

Where do I start with wallpaper?

This look takes its inspiration from the country house life. So look to reworked chintz, florals, damasks and Toile de Jouy wallpaper Use sparingly as this is a sleeker, cleaner look than traditional country Bring in a contemporary twist with the colour palette and avoid anything fussy or too busy

What fabric suits this style?

Fabric is an important part of country homes and is given a modern day twist with larger scale print or vibrant colourways. Traditional check fabric is a mainstay but avoid anything too flouncy or frilly A rough weave in a natural material cotton or calico works well and adds an industrial touch

How do I get the flooring right?

Flooring needs to be lived in and worn, opt for flagstones or wood. Floorboards can be painted and will scuff up naturally if no varnish is used. Soften with natural fibre rugs, rag or rush mats or, for a grander look, a large traditional flora design rug

Do I need a country house for this look?

Period features are great if you have them but are not essential to recreating this look. Antiques and inherited furniture also work beautifully with this style but are not vital. The trick is to invest in quality furniture in traditional, timeless designs This look can also be recreated in a new-build property — stick to a tight colour scheme of muted white, grey and taupes to pull the look together

DRESS YOUR ROOM

Complete the look with key furniture and accessories. Ideally your chosen pieces will look ike they have been inherited and are unique one-offs. Keep to classic shaped furniture design and opt for well-made pieces that demonstrate quality craftsmanship. Look out for distressed wooden furniture, oak benches, church chairs and antique finds and team them with a welcoming sofa you can’t help but fall into. Keep the sofa shape traditional but bring in a splash of contemporary country with the fabric design, colour or choice of cushions. Mix in industrial, functional elements — think steel, zinc or thick glass to clash against the softer side of this look. Avoid recessed spotlights and opt for low-level lighting with plenty of table lamps and wall lights. Tactile textures from chunky knits and faux fur to wicker, leather and wood are fundamental in accessories — nature is central to the inspiration behind modern country styling. Add a quirky finishing touch with the modern day version of a stag trophy head in plywood, wool or decoupage.

A room with a view

How did you find this apartment?

We were living on the east side of the Clapham area in a two-bed 1930s block and had no plans to move Then we spotted this flat in an estate agent’s window We couldn’t help ourselves and booked a viewing. The day we came to view it, the flat was so grand, spacious, peaceful and bright. It felt like a designer penthouse We loved the views over the common — it’s like being n the countryside in the middle of London. From the terrace at the top, there are 360-degree views of London It’s just so tranquil up there.

What did the decor look like when you moved in?

The previous owners had gone for a more traditiona look with feminine touches. We wanted to go for a more modern look, but retain some period pieces. The building itself is very unique and has lots of original character and features. We loved all the balconies; there are lots of nooks and crannies. The bespoke fittings, like the built-in bookcases and wardrobes, were a huge attraction. Also the enormity of the living room And, of course, there is a splendid dining room with huge high ceilings — so grand! Sitting on the window seat, watching the green space of Clapham Common s one of our favourite pastimes. There is lots of history in this building too. The two adjacent buildings are a part of Clapham’s skyline and like gateways to the past What were the first changes you made?

We packed up the entire contents of our old flat but we didn’t have enough furniture to fill this apartment, which is much more spacious. On moving-in day our three-seater sofa wouldn’t t fit up the narrow stairwell, so we had to try and sell it for next to nothing just to get rid of it. We spread out the furniture we had to try and fill the space, but that didn’t work and the place looked really empty. It also looked colourless as we had a lot of white furniture that blended in with the white walls and pillars. The flat looked empty and stark with just our old sofa and an armchair in the living room, but we were too excited to be living here to mind too much

One of the first steps we took was a bit of painting, mainly redoing some of the white walls and ceilings The wardrobes in the bedroom had been decorated with gold, which we had painted over and changed the ornate handles for more simple yet retro ones We also played with the layout upstairs to open up the space. We got rid of a dividing door in the main bedroom, which opened up the room out to the patio doors. We converted the second bedroom into a dressing room and added more wardrobe space

We left the roof terrace at first as we moved in in February Although the previous owners had left a series of planters up there, as well as decking, it was all quite bare at first. We planted lots of new plants the following spring after getting the decking jetted and oiled. So with a little work and small outlay, it was transformed into an amazing, colourful outside space, which retained the old feel of the building

How would you describe your home’s style?

We wanted a modern look mixed with a few older, quirkier pieces. We were looking for clean lines and a less fussy feel. Something masculine and uncluttered We didn’t want to overfill the place and were keen for the space to have a feeling of calm. We stuck to a plain white colour palette on the walls to show off the original features such as the wooden beams and real wood floors. Spot lighting was added in the bedroom to help us see inside the wardrobes

Where did you go shopping?

We were very nervous about buying a lot of furniture in a short space of time and then thinking that we had made mistakes. We really liked the look and style of the furniture stocked at Mint in Kensington. The previous owners had bought some amazing lampshades there for the kitchen, which we inherited as part of the sale. When we found out that Mint could help with interior design we had a few consultations with them. We showed them the space and discussed what we wanted to achieve. They found us statement pieces like the digital wallpaper in the bedroom and the red velvet armchair in the living room. It wasn’t the cheapest way to do it — and some of their ideas were really crazy — but everything we have bought from them we love and intend to keep here forever. Once the furniture we bought from them was delivered and installed and the wallpaper hung, we had the confidence to buy pieces from a variety of other stores, such as two armchairs from Swedish Interior Design. Now it all seems to gel together to create the feel that we wanted at the outset

Do you have any tips to give others?

It’s good to live in a place before you decorate. The more time we spent here, the more comfortable we were with making changes. You don’t have to add much to a room to make a difference. A key item like a great wallpaper or an iconic piece of furniture will do the trick

What’s next for you and your home?

We are really happy with the current configuration and don’t really have room for any more furniture. The walls are still empty so we are looking to buy more art to fill them slowly. We intend to live here forever now so we have lots of time to make changes.

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