Style Guide: Modern manors

Get to know more about this modern vintage style and how to personalise it at home. Read our guide to know more.

We’ve reinterpreted classic country style to a modern, forest-inspired home.

An eclectic combination of modern and vintage pieces is a great way to play with mixing and matching, and updating your home for a new season but it can be challenging to get started. Here are some tips to get going:

One: Combine classic furniture with modern elements

Dining set in dark green room.
Furniture Choice

Let your classic furniture take centre stage while adding modern elements for a dynamic look. Contemporary printed cushions accent our Chesterfield corner sofa to contrast with the sofa’s timeless design.

Meanwhile, the side table holds its own with a structural gilded vase as a lovely visual anchor; candles or ornate bottles would also work here.

Two: Experiment with artwork

Dark dining space and a dark green wall.
Furniture Choice, Designsponge

Sticking to the principles of mixing it up, juxtapose classic and modern artwork for a compelling mix of the old and the new. For a touch of gothic glam, pick out ornate frames - or even mirrors. To keep in with the woodland vibe, deck the walls with animal-centric artwork, or read on for our tips on working the animal influence around the house.

Shop the look below:
Collection of home accessories.
1. Take Flight Coffee Table, Anthropologie 2. L'OBJET Bois D'or Candle, Liberty London 3. Andromeda Round Mirror, Turnbull & Thomas 4. Stag Chrome Table Lamp, Next 5. Jacquard Velvet Mosaic Pillow Covers, West Elm 6. Textured vase, H&M 7. Gaucho Chevron Rug, Houseology 8. Hampton Antique Chestnut Leather Sofa, Furniture Choice

Three: Add some sparkle and brass

Collage of green and dark dining space.
Furniture Choice, Designsponge

Another unexpected way to spruce up a traditional space is to incorporate some sparkle. Gold and brass are perfect against wooden tables and sideboards as their light, reflective surface serves as a welcome contrast against the darker tones of the room. But you don’t have to limit yourself with the light and dark rule: we also went with a sparkly geode crystal for a nice pop on our white Cavendish table.

Four: Play with textures

Dark teal living space with red rug.
The Guardian

Embrace having creature comforts at home with a rug on the floor or a throw across the couch, for a heightened sense of cosiness and leisure. Incorporating different textures to a room greatly adds to its lived-in vibe, working also to soften a structured, rigid room.

Five: Embrace colour

White space with dark green feature wall.
Architectural Digest

For the adventurous at heart - introduce a vibrant feature wall. If you’re all for a zen ambience at home, we suggest going green with Pantone’s colour-of-the-moment. To know more about Pantone’s 2017 colour star, click through here for our colour report.

Six: Run with the wild things

Collage of brass animal decor elements.
Aussie Living, Furniture Choice, Anthropologie

This theme is all about embracing the wilderness - from a decor perspective of course. Make your space a little more extraordinary with a vintage pheasant candle holder or pretty up your fridge with some whimsical gold magnets.

Shop the look below:
Collection of home decor items.
1. Agate bookends, West Elm 2. Scented candle, H&M 3. Mini gold pineapple. Rose & Grey 4. Abigail Ahern Evergreen Berry Foliage, Rose & Grey 5. Deer Head Vase, Next 6. Skatteby black frame, Ikea 7. Gold Leaf Dish, Rose & Grey 8. Cavendish White Extending Dining Table, Furniture Choice (also available in oak and dark wood)

Now that we’ve shared our style ideas on nailing this highly customisable trend, we would like to hear your thoughts. Let us know in the comments if this is a wild touch that you would totally go for at home!

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