Photo Gallery: Modern Country Interiors
A rustic branch, pink wall and striped flat weave rug offer country style, while the metal bistro chair and simple Ikea shoe cabinet keep the look fresh and not overly feminine. To make this do-it-yourself branch rack, look for a thick, fairly straight fallen tree branch with a few knots in the wood for interest. Make sure a hanger will fit around it and then hang it with chain or rope on either end from eye hooks in the ceiling.
The kitchen of the 2009 Princess Margaret Welcome Home Sweepstakes Showhome in Oakville was inspired by Lynda's travels and the farmhouses of Belgium and France. &
Classic country features such as granite floors, a limestone countertop and lantern sconces have a modern effect when used sparingly. Horizontal white-painted board and batten walls are another trend-setting twist on typical cottage design.
Vintage wood signs, exposed black iron hinges, old metal buckets as vases and a ticking-striped fabric Roman shade all read as country. Paired with white walls, a sleek countertop and drop sink with on-trend painted grey cabinets, however, the look is clean and fresh.
Dark bamboo blinds, wood floors and stools balance the bright white Shaker style cabinets in this summer home. A Carrara marble-topped island with a second sink for food prep creates a great space for hosting parties, too. Schoolhouse pendant lights in green ceramic add to the country feeling while modern accessories prevent it from looking too fussy.
The architecture is the focal point in this large bedroom retreat. A fireplace, white beadboard walls, paneled doors with exposed hinges and reclaimed wood ceiling beams set a country tone, while shuttered windows add an edge of colonial style. A large Empire bed gets a modern boutique hotel treatment with crisp white sheets, creating a clean, airy look.
The principal bathroom vanity in the 2009 Princess Margaret Welcome Home Sweepstakes Showhome in Oakville features custom built-ins with wood grain detail. The limestone counter also references French and Belgian farmhouses, designer Lynda Reeves’ style inspiration for the stunning home. Double sinks and lots of storage space makes the room practical as well. Chunky dark wood framed mirrors, black accessories and Thomas O’Brien wall sconces ground the space and add sophistication.
White walls with large windows on both sides let in lots of sunlight and ambient heat and provide a fantastic view of the trees around the property. Country style exposed brick, stacks of logs and a simple wood table offer contrast to the polished concrete floors, Dash & Albert rug and red pendant light, which inject modern energy and colour into the space. Clear acrylic dining chairs from Ikea keep the room airy and sophisticated.
A brass ship’s lantern and vintage cane-backed settee provide balance to the staircase’s crisp palette, while a woven runner and David Hicks’ graphic patterned door mat add texture and softness. The dark wood and white palette looks modern, but still nods to Colonial style.
A mostly black, white and grey colour scheme creates a serene retreat. Mixing in vintage country pieces such as the white chipped wood nightstand and old suitcases add warmth and character, as well as providing extra room to store bed linens.
This bathroom renovation features a wood-slatted farm door that slides shut to separate the ensuite from the rest of the open-concept bedroom, plus another door on the side, allowing guests to enter from the hallway. Paired with white hex tiles and a natural wood stool from Gus Design Group, the look is warm, not sterile. Radiant heating, a worthy splurge concealed under the floor tiles, is balanced by a budget vanity from Ikea. Neutral, patterned bath linens and a sheepskin rug add a rustic, Scandinavian look.
A coach lantern light adds a touch of country to the colonial dark wood floors and staircase railing, contrasting with the crisp white walls. A black radiator serves as another decorative element, balanced by a large floral art print casually leaning against the wall.
The master bathroom in Vancouver architect Clinton Cuddington's completely green home features a Japanese soaker bathtub encased in off-white one inch square tile. Fritted glass provides privacy for the tub and steam shower and maintains the room&#
A primarily-white palette with simple glasses and homespun baskets creates a welcoming and elegant backdrop for entertaining. Mod touches such as the sculptural pendant lamp and vintage modern chairs balance the country charm of the harvest table.