Modern Rustic By Emily Henson

All modern rustic schemes glory in teaming the rough with the smooth, but bohemian rustic blends in a little colour, pattern and detail, too.  That rustic staple, wood, still features, but it is matched with pale white walls or even painted brickwork, for a fresh contrast.  Bold statements such as a wall clad in dark reclaimed wood create plenty of gritty drama, while bohemian elements, from textiles to trinkets, add pockets of intriguing detail and gentle humour.  Junk-shop furniture brings some pre-loved character to each space and there is delicious pattern and colour to enjoy in the form of folksy, embroidered fabrics, vintage wallpaper and quirky, decorative objects.  The result is a rustic look that is organic, cosy and welcoming.

This sideboard was bought for £20, stripped back and personalized with patterned wallpaper.

This house, built in the 1960s, was stripped of its reproduction coving and carpet by its owners, who then clad walls in reclaimed larch, to bring the natural world inside. The wood came from trees blown down in Kew Gardens during the hurricane of 1987.  

In this colourful den, a gorgeous feature has been created by papering the inside of old drawers and mounting them on the wall.  Surprising and creative, these decorative drawers add both a rustic note and a splash of colour and pattern to a plain background.  They are also the perfect display space for quirky finds and favourite objects.

This bed canopy is made from reclaimed larch, also used to clad the living room walls and kitchen cabinets in this house.  Here, it is installed horizontally to match the width of the bed.  The chandelier adds a touch of glamour that works nicely against the rough timber.

Hanging necklaces and accessories from a peg rail allows you to see and enjoy your jewellery collection when not wearing it.

Modern Rustic by Emily Henson and photographed by Catherine Gratwicke is published by Ryland Peters & Small.