The Dos and Don't of Country Style

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Country style has become synonymous with a more holistic way of living, so is it any wonder that many of us are seeking ways to bring this into our homes? Here are a few tips from the Sims Hilditch design team on how to best achieve this in your own interior.

A flower room in a country home

Do consider the durability of your fabrics

For those adopting a country lifestyle that might cause wear and tear to your home, it is a good idea to select durable fabrics, particularly if you have pets and/or children. For upholstery we recommend choosing fabrics with a Martindale rub count of more than 18,000. This should ensure the longevity of your furniture for years to come.

A bootroom in an old Mill House
Stone walls and floor in a Dorset Home
A bespoke bootroom by Sims Hilditch

Do consider installing a dog shower in a boot room

Country living usually comes with a certain element of mud, particularly when it comes to pets. Protect your home interior by installing a dog shower in your boot room or even outside. We recommend using a minimally porous tumbled stone on the floor and walls of the shower as it is practical and pleasing to the eye. A hardwearing brick floor also works well. To ensure continuity and flow you might consider laying this stone in various locations throughout the rest of the house as it is perfect for creating a country aesthetic.

A Sims Hilditch Bootroom in a Dorset Home

Don't be taken in by trends

To us, the essence of English country style is timeless and elegant, which means that it never goes out of vogue. The addition of multiple trends to a country home interior can disrupt its innate beauty, taking away from its country roots. As such, we recommend taking inspiration from a home's natural surrounding, selecting timeless natural materials for the furniture and furnishings and retaining as much of the property’s original fabric as possible.

Natural fabrics in the master bedroom of a Wiltshire home
The master bedroom in a Wiltshire home

Don't buy all new furniture

Country style is brimming with character, so we recommend incorporating a mix of old and new furniture into your home. Antique furniture sourced from a market or dealer is a great addition to a bedroom, sitting room or hallway, and creates a pleasing contrast when paired with the sharp lines of a mirror or more contemporary light fixture.

Old and new in a Surrey home