Modern country with Cormar

Bring the charm of the country to interiors this spring - but with a contemporary twist.

David Cormack, marketing director at Cormar Carpets, has some simple tips to help you make the most of your living space in time for spring.

"Classic characteristics work well in contemporary settings," David Cormack says. "But it's getting the right balance between the two looks - modern country decorating is all about comfort and charisma."

"Embrace the modern rustic appeal by drawing on the best elements of traditional country designs - such as light hues, distressed timbers, classic furniture and heritage fabrics - and offset them with a contemporary colour scheme and uncomplicated approach. Teaming a fashionable carpet, especially a stripe, provides a stellar backdrop for this look.

"This is a trend that has hit homes because it introduces simplicity and brings warmth to light airy spaces. Even though today's home furnishing trends are sparkling with more texture and colour, using a neutral carpet is still the most practical, long term, budget-friendly choice.

"When it comes to flooring, keep the hues natural and experiment with texture or a stripe for a rural and rustic feel. Choose from either a lustrous deep pile or a wool loop carpet that makes the floor a real feature, adding the contemporary look of modern flooring with all the warmth and comfort of wool. A neutral tonal stripe, such as our Avebury collection, gives a splash of pizazz without being too powerful."

David recommends reflecting your personality by taking inspiration from handcrafted furniture, vintage chairs, cream painted woodwork and complement with plush textures and accessories such as woven cushions and knitted throws in shades of blush and orange.

Cormar Carpets are available in flooring stores nationwide. For stockist details contact Cormar on (01 ) 204 881234.

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