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Interiors Book Review – Modern Pastoral

Posted on Apr 12, 2016 by

Interior design blogger Niki Brantmark has released her first book entitled ‘Modern Pastoral’, and it’s a great read. A direct extension of her popular blog My Scandinavian Home, Modern Pastoral demonstrates the ways in which you can adapt rural settings for modern living. We found plenty of inspiration amongst the book’s pages for combining modern rustic with industrial elements and thought we would share some of our favourite examples.

A lovely example of how to combine modern with traditional design.

Modern Pastoral celebrates the combination of country aesthetics with modern living
Image courtesy of CICO Books | Photography by James Gardiner

The book journeys through four different settings and schemes – forest, graphic, homestead and waterside. And along the way, it covers a broad range of interiors, with inspirational imagery for most homeowners.

Chapter One – Forest

“Inspired by the deep forest where warm, dark brown wood merges with a myriad of greens”, the first chapter of Modern Pastoral explores ways in which to enhance heavier interiors with plenty of natural light. There are several examples of industrial decor and accessories, utilised to break up the intensity of a nearly all-wood scheme. We particularly love this space, where galvanised Tolix chairs and a polished concrete floor bring a contemporary industrial update to a converted barn.

Tolix chairs look great with the contrast between wooden walls and a concrete floor.

Tolix chairs and a concrete floor offset the expansive wood pannels in this converted barn
Image courtesy of CICO Books | Photography by James Gardiner

Chapter Two – Graphical

“Think clean lines, striking monochrome, and rugged stone surfaces reminiscent of snowy, weatherbeaten landscapes. Graphical homes play with contrast,” Niki explains. And in this chapter the black and white interiors scheme so often associated with contemporary interiors, transitions to a rural setting. Juxtaposed with distressed wood finishes, monochromatic accessories are all the more striking.

This cabinet with weathered wood has a unique two-tone effect.

This cabinet with weathered wood has a unique two-tone effect, complemented by monochromatic accessories
Image courtesy of CICO Books | Photography by James Gardiner

If the space above appeals, you might also enjoy our recent post on the monochrome trend!

Chapter Three – Homestead

The effectiveness of a neutral colour scheme is showcased in this section, which is filled with “warming interiors” that “bring to mind the soft, muted colours of the autumnal months.” Here, we again find a chance to incorporate vintage and industrial elements to offset existing structural features, such as wooden beams and trusses.

Arched, exposed wood beams create a dramatic effect in this kitchen

Wooden beams and trusses create a dramatic framing effect in this country kitchen
Image courtesy of CICO Books | Photography by James Gardiner

Chapter Four – Waterside

This final chapter highlights the appeal of a raw aesthetic in your home. “Slate, concrete, and reclaimed wood contrast with accessories made from rattan, cotton, and wool, bringing the space to life and creating an oasis of comfort and calm.” Rural and urban homes alike can be dramatically enhanced by bringing elements of the outdoors inside.

A vintage sink sits nicely atop a dark stained wood basin.

A vintage sink sits perfectly atop a reclaimed wooden vanity unit
Image courtesy of CICO Books | Photography by James Gardiner

For further inspiration from Niki Brantmark, take a look at her design blog My Scandinavian Home. Launched over ten years ago, following her move to Sweden from London, it contains endless ideas for channeling timeless Scandinavian style in your home.

Try our Modern Rustic Pinterest board for additional modern rustic style tips. And you might be interested in one of our other recent book reviews.

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