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Decorating video: Modern country dining room

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Decorating video: Modern country dining room

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  • For the latest look add a splash of colour. The tomato-red lamp shade contrasts with the natural wood and brightens up the whole scheme.

Take a down-to-earth country look and mix with industrial elements, such as metal furniture and open units, for a practical room that feels modern and light. Styled and presented by Robin Collingwood.

  • Step 1: Walls

    Step 1: Walls

    Leave exposed plaster on walls or recreate this effect with layers of paint mixed with sand. Paint on a base, then dab on shades of off-white and ochre.

  • Step 2: Floors

    Step 2: Floors

    Wood floors are practical and warm. If you don't have good floorboards, lay a textured wood laminate instead and add a cream rug.

  • Step 3: Windows

    Step 3: Windows

    Light is key to this look, so keep curtains simple. The brown fabric works well with the wood tones.

  • Step 4: Furniture

    Step 4: Furniture

    Mix wood and metal for an industrial feel and buy an untreated wood table for a great focal point. Open units complete the functional look.

  • Step 5: Accessories

    Step 5: Accessories

    Shop around for hard-wearing rustic accessories that grow more attractive with wear and tear. Hide untidy items away in storage baskets.

  • Stockist list

    Stockist list

    Walls in Straw, Off White and Ochre clay emulsions, £22 per 2.5ltr each, Earthborn. Curtains in Mongoose LF559FR, £22.50 per m, Zoo! at Linwood. Floor in wood-effect laminate, £24.99 per sq m, Homebase. Diamond rug, £195, Lombok. Rustique table, £625, Raft. Pauchard chairs, from £120 each, The French House. On table: oak bowl, £4.99, salt and pepper grinders, £4.99 each, all Sainsbury's; glass vase, £20, Habitat; Sennen bowl, £4, Marks & Spencer; cup and saucer, find similar at Habitat. Old School pendant lamp, £73, The French House. Magna shelving unit, £399, Habitat. On unit: mixing bowl, £21, The French House; pestle and mortar, find similar at Divertimenti; metal letters, from £2.50 each, RE Found Objects; coffee pots, find similar at Cargo; china, from a selection, The French House and Marks & Spencer; (on bottom shelf) basket, from £9.99, Sainsbury's; Flynn pestle and mortar, £15, Habitat; Bubble glasses, 50p each, Marks & Spencer; basket, £40 for two, Laura Ashley; Copper-bottom pans, from £19.99, Sainbury's. Lack shelf, £11.73, Ikea. On shelf: cafetières, find similar at Alessi; storage jars, £14.50 each, The French House; candle holder, £6, Habitat; frames, from £6.59 each, Ikea; flower pots, find similar at Homebase. Vintage wall clock, £127.23, Heal's. Wooden cubes shelves, £115 each, Raft. On cubes: Celebar jars, from £4.49 each, Ikea; juicer, £7.50, Marks & Spencer; wooden bowls, find similar at David Mellor Design.