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How to bring rustic country style into your city flat

coat rack
Using reclaimed wood is a great way to combine modern and traditional together (image)

Although the countryside is great, more and more people are leaving the peacefulness and tranquility of their rural lives behind and are heading to the cities. This isn’t just a trend that is happening here in the UK, and in fact, it is a well-known fact that people across the globe are turning in their droves to city life.

Although you might be living in the city, it can sometimes be nice to forget that outside your four walls there are cars and people and noise, and instead feel as though you’re living your life in the middle of the countryside. This is straightforward enough to achieve if you’re willing to invest the time into attaining the right look.

retro kitchen
We are huge fans of wooden flooring (image)

Pull up Your Tired Carpet and Expose the Wooden Floorboards

One of the many features that seem to be synonymous with city flats is that they mostly seem to be carpeted. If you have a spare weekend where you can remove the carpet, sand and varnish the floorboards underneath, waiting for it to dry, you’ll find yourself the owner of a very desirable, countryside-style statement floor. This won’t only look and feel great, but it will remind you of that log cabin you stayed in when you were younger.

beautiful hallway
I am a huge fan of bringing the outside in (image)

Bring the Outdoors in to Add Some Nature to Your City Home

Once you’ve (literally) laid down the foundations with your new wood flooring, it’s time to decorate it with some flora. Country houses are always full of flowers, shrubs and climbers that mimic the sorts of plants that can be found outside in the garden. If you don’t have much room, think vertically. Place plants on your windowsill and grow climbers up your walls. Not only will this give your home a less artificial and sterile aesthetic, but it will also bring the smells of the countryside into your indoor space.

rustic apartment
Love this retro and naturally fitted kitchen (image)

Cover Your Home in Natural Materials

Finally, the furniture you fill your home with are as much a part of your home as the walls, roof and fixtures, so make sure that they’re all contributing to your desired country theme. Find rustic light fittings, and an old-fashioned, scrubbed kitchen table, alongside wooden beds and bedside tables. If you’re concerned about how you’re going to get it all up the stairs to your flat, you could purchase larger items like your bed online, as this way the delivery people will be able to help you with the heavy lifting.

So there you have it: just some of the ways to give the interior of your city flat a countryside aesthetic.

This is a collaborated post


  1. ooh i really like this rustic look, it just makes everything look so cosy :) x

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    1. I know right - perfect autumnal interior inspiration

      Laura x

  2. wow! I absoultley love your country style! in fact im now officially in love with your blog! lol
    really really nice interiors!

    Abbigayle Warner

    1. Thanks so much Abbigale will be sure to stop by your blog

      Laura x

  3. I love country rustic style. It makes a home feel so warm and welcoming. I love big old kitchen tables - bit like the Waltons, everyone cramming round a table eating and laughing together. A home should feel homely. Fab pics :O)

    1. Hi Emily - glad you like it - so do I :)

      Laura x


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