Various trends will dominate the interior design world in 2020. Industrial design will maintain its popularity and so will nautical themes. Scandinavian and boho remain evergreens but there’s one more interior design trend worth paying attention to – country chic.
Life in the country is all about simple comforts and rustic appeal. Also called farmhouse chic, this style is inspired by English cottages in the countryside. There are various traditional elements, mixed with the country aesthetic to create a unique blend of textures, colours and patterns.
Country chic is labelled as one of the to-adopt trends in 2020. If you’re interested in this possibility for transforming your Singapore home, here’s what you’ll need to keep in mind.
Basic Rules for Executing a Country Chic Project
To enjoy the farmhouse chic vibes, you’ll need to take your efforts in several vital directions.
Base colours in this type of execution remain neutral and natural. Furniture is often crafted from aged wood and it has somewhat of a dated appearance. Getting antiques or handmade furniture pieces will quickly bring the country chic concept to life.
Other essentials you may want to consider include the introduction of vases and flower pots throughout the apartment, the selection of pastel accent colours and accessories that just like the furniture, look antique.
Keeping all of these essentials in mind, here are a few concrete suggestions you may want to give a try to when renovating your home in 2020.
The Old and the New Come Together
Country chic isn’t just about recreating the feel of a farmhouse.
The word “chic” in the name of the style suggests a degree of sophistication and elegance. Country chic juxtaposes the feel of old materials like aged wood with something a bit more stylish and glamorous.
Hence, you can have a coffee table that appears somewhat dated in appearance due to the fact that it is crafted from darkened wood and cast iron. To create a bit of chic contrast, place a fine silver chandelier with a single white candle on the coffee table. Sleek silver and dated wood are in complete contrast with each other but somehow, they work well together.
There are so many additional opportunities for the creation of such contrast.
Having a chunky and heavy dining table gives you the farmhouse vibes. For a bit of beautiful contrast, throw a delicate handcrafted lace tablecloth on top. Adding a glamorous touch to the space doesn’t have to involve the purchase of costly artwork and designer accessories.
Animal-centric décor may sound like somewhat of a kitsch idea but it can look really adorable when executed professionally. Getting a Singapore interior design company involved in your project will give you the balance that will result in sophisticated country chic.
Décor elements inspired by farm animals will immediately show what the home décor concept is all about.
You can have a large animal painting or print in the living room. Handling antlers on the wall (they don’t have to be genuine if you oppose animal cruelty) is another simple way to get that English cottage vibe in your Singapore home.
Feather, shell and even bone decorations can also result in the rustic charm of the farmhouse. The same applies to live plants or a beautiful framed collage of dry leaves on the wall. A sculpture carved out of a big, tangled piece of tree root is another good choice to bring nature inside.
Be Selective When Picking Furniture
Getting furniture pieces that look intentionally dated without being shabby is not an easy task.
Your interior designer can help you locate the best antique stores and dealerships. These are the places where you’re most likely to find the types of older or rugged furniture that will be needed to execute the cottage concept.
Dark wood has this “old” feel without necessarily being antiquated. Upholstered pieces that have intentionally worn fabrics or a bit of paint “sprinkled” on top of them will also be a nice addition. What matters the most is seeking professional executions rather than furniture sets that have actually been in use for decades.
The addition of throw rugs and pillows is a must in the realm of country chic. Mismatching colours, prints and textures will result in a bit of delightful cacophony that will immediately brighten up and liven the interior.
Whether you use genuine hardwood or wooden finishes, you need that warmth and texture in your country chic home.
Wooden furniture, floors and trimmings are all mandatory elements in the world of English cottages. A driftwood centrepiece on the table could be another nice addition and remember one very important thing – it’s a unique piece that cannot be recreated.
Large, exposed wooden beams on the ceiling also give you that cottage sensation and you can also use wooden slats or a material that resembles wood to cover the entire ceiling surface area.
Finally, if possible, try to incorporate wooden staircases and banisters in the design. There’s nothing more farmhouse than these two elements.
Country chic is warm, friendly, inviting and a little bit kitschy. If these characteristics appeal to you, carrying out such a home renovation in 2020 may be just the right project for you.
Executing a farmhouse chic project doesn’t have to be complicated but you still need a cohesive concept to guide all of your efforts. Home Guide can help you plan and execute every step of the renovation. Contact us today to tell us a bit more about your idea and to get started.