Once purely for practical use in 18th-century country homes, ‘vernacular’ furniture – with its warm patina and hand-hewn craftsmanship is now highly sought-after.
Whether it’s a gateleg dining room table, a weathered chest or a wall rack, this simple but sustainable antique furniture injects rustic style and a sense of history into any interior. Chairs, in particular, can often be traced back through their regional characteristics.
‘There’s something wonderful about sitting in a Windsor chair that has been used for 200 years and noticing the marks of life, such as a candle burn, and the rich colour and patina that only develops with time,’ says antiques dealer Tim Bowen.
Mix country furniture with modern colours and sumptuous fabrics to create warm and welcoming rooms. Here are some stylish ideas for achieving the look.
Makers often fashioned their pieces from ash, beech and oak wood. These deep browns sit boldly among even the most colourful and busy of patterns. Keep cushions and throws in plains, checks or small prints for a more contemporary edge.
Dark blue walls set off the rich tone of the wood. The coloured glass and patterned lamp add a variety of texture to the scheme.
The warm berry walls with mustard curtains create a rich, textural feel in a welcoming living room.
This country bathroom has a French farmhouse ambience thanks to the aged copper bath and washboard sets. Make the scheme come to life with boldly patterned curtains.
Photographs: Brent Darby
Styling: Sally Denning
Words: Ffion Riordan-Jones