Modern living can take its toll, so when designing and decorating your home you want to make the most tranquil space imaginable. That’s when the style modern pastoral enters the fray. The most important aspect of modern pastoral is creating a space that is your retreat from the rest of the world--your home should be your refuge. Modern pastoral decor is all about embracing the scaled-down and relaxed lifestyle of country living, even in more suburban or urban settings. Modern pastoral takes its main inspiration from the natural world. Colors, textures, and other details all have nature as a point of reference.
Modern Pastoral Style Broken Down
If this at all sounds intriguing, then you are in luck.
"Modern Pastoral: Bring the Tranquility of Nature Into Your Home"is a new book by Niki Brantmark that perfectly explores the simple and informal style of modern pastoral. The book, which is filled with images and inspiration, offers a striking and stunning take on this decorating style. Think about a mix of whitewashed ceilings, rugged stone surfaces, striking black features, soft furnishings, and fresh plants and flowers to get an idea of the images and inspiration. The stunning photography is from various locations across the U.S. and Scandinavia and depicts the ideal, rural life that’s adapted to modern living.
Modern Pastoral is broken up into four sections: forest, graphical, homestead, and waterside. Each section takes a closer look at either two or three homes in the modern pastoral style. The homes inspired by forest and mountains are filled with rich, deep greens and blues, combined with traditional patterns and features, such as log burners, wood paneling, and woven rugs. While the graphical-inspired locations feature clean lines, striking monochromes, and rugged stone surfaces. The homesteads are the warmest interiors and showcase muted colors, simple neutrals, milky whites, and lots of rustic wood touches. The waterside homes are all oases of comfort and calm with cool whites, soft shades, reclaimed wood and natural accessories.
The author of "Modern Pastoral," Niki Brantmark, also runs the daily interior design blog My Scandinavian Home, which was inspired by her move to Sweden from London over ten years ago. She was featured in "Design Bloggers at Home" by Ellie Tennant (RPS), and thisis her first book.
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