Modern Industrial Country Design

While industrial design was born out of sustaining the history of buildings, country decor is inspired by the very same past. Modern industrial design looks chic but is economical at the same time. It doesn't shy away from flaunting elements that every other design style try to conceal but if you're going to mix it with country, my advice, keep it minimalistic. Follow this rule and you'll incorporate the country components with ease. Especially in the kitchen and bathroom.

The possibilities are endless, all that is required is a bit of careful planning and a big imagination to create a happy marriage of industrial dapper and homely country grace.

Trying to strike a balance between two different design styles can be quite tricky especially when putting together an old-fashioned and a present-day trend. But creating this balance is not beyond the bounds of possibility and when done to perfection a fusion of traditional and modern decor grants the comforts and pleasures of both worlds.;creating a warm atmospheric home.

Get creative with pipe fixtures and taps. Be brave with an oversize wooden vessel used as a basin placed on top of broad steel legs, always a nice addition to go with this theme.

Replace conventional carpet with stone or hardwood floor to showcase a beautiful natural wooden table or island and never hesitate to mix various materials and textures.

Less Shabby More Chic!

In our top Interior Design Styles, Not A Box naturally includes our updated version of the so-called "shabby-chic" style. This "French Style", creates a blend of history and charm which originated in decorating trends in English country homes and enjoyed very popular appeal during the 1990s. It is also easy to see why it has visual associations with French furnishing and decor as it is highly probable that the inspiration for the "English country" homes interior came from the second homes many people were buying and doing up in France at the time, especially in the Dordogne and Provence.

By 2010, publications with "Lifestyle" sections, were vaunting the death of the shabby chic look.  Interior design aficionados, are still seduced by shabby chic, just a casual browse around antique shops or Interior designer showrooms reveals there is still plenty of pieces about. And it sells!

This familiar Style of interiors remain popular because they form a congregation of family furnishings, tones and finishes that exude a feeling of being both graceful and ageing. The new less shabby more chic look celebrates the character and beauty of curated objects, more, even, than their lineage or heritage. It's redolent, rather, of having a back story along with a gracefully fading elegance.

The followers of this updated style are all about their homes being personal and subjective; it's about comfort and practicality. We want to feel at home - "chez nous"

The essence of this updated version of "Shabby Chic" isn't about fashion - save that for your clothes - but about feeling at ease with ourselves and the beautiful surroundings we've lovingly created.