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Country Cool

Make it work:

  • Work with your existing house features if possible – eg exposing beams or retaining VJ walls – to make the look authentic
  • Use soft hues on walls and neutral tiles
  • The bath should be the centrepiece of your room – a freestanding trough-style or claw foot tub is perfect
  • Choose ornate, traditional chrome tapware and keep it matching throughout
  • Gold or brass features will add colour and interest
  • Decorate simply with fresh flowers and woven baskets

Traps to avoid:

  • Turning your house into grandma’s house – leave out the chintzy accessories and keep it light and fresh
  • Getting too heavy-handed with timber – a little is good, but panelling the walls and ceiling will make the room feel like a Swedish sauna
  • Distressed everything – distressed furniture has its place, but it’s not usually in the bathroom. Choose an easy-to-clean vanity in a waterproof material instead