Monday, February 22, 2016

Modern Pastoral: Bring the tranquility of nature into your home, by Niki Brantmark

Discover contemporary interiors inspired by natural landscapes. Modern pastoral interiors are about embracing the pared-back lifestyle of living in the country, taking nature as the main point of inspiration. Use colors, textures, and details to create a home in which to unwind--a retreat from the rest of the world. 
Niki Brantmark (a famous blogger, see: explores various takes on this simple, informal style. 
In chapter 1, "Forest", the interiors are filled with exposed wood throughout, combined with traditional patterns and features, such as log burners and woven rugs. 
Chapter 2 "Graphical", explores a look that is striking, reminiscent of weather-beaten landscapes: think whitewashed ceilings, rugged stone surfaces, and striking black features, softened by cozy soft furnishings and fresh plants and flowers--while Homestead style in chapter 3 introduces warmer hues, featuring painted wood and creamy, light browns in textiles, furniture, and collectibles. 
The final chapter, "Waterside", brings to mind calm lakes and babbling streams, where rooms are filled with light, and gentle blue and gray shades pervade. Photographed in homes across Scandinavia and the United States, all evoke an ideal, rural life, adapted to modern living.

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