Country houses have inspired everyone from Jane Austen and Evelyn Waugh to The Kinks and Blur – now it’s your turn. Our collection of the very best living room designs from country houses will reveal quite how versatile the style can be: it works beautifully in both cosy cottages and grand houses, in tiny rooms and large spaces, in rich reds and soft greens. You needn’t live in a house in the country for this look to be successful!

The main living room in this Wiltshire farmhouse has an inglenook fireplace, with fifteenth-century firedogs and an eighteenth-century fire back added by the owner, Ken. “All of our soft furnishings were bought either in Sweden or Morocco while we were on our travels,’ says Ken. Cologne & Cotton’s ‘Merino & Cashmere Checked Throw’ would add a dose of comfort and texture much like the checked throw on the chair in the main sitting room. Made in Ireland, it costs £140.

The living room of textiles dealer Susan Deliss’ French country home is painted a soft blue, this perfectly counterbalances the busy prints of the fabrics she has chosen to decorate with. The red sofa, from George Smith, looks fabulous covered in a vibrant collection of cushions. This is an eccentric take on the classic French country look.

The sitting room of Susan Deliss’s house in France has blue walls, which sit in soft contrast with the original, geometric patterned floor tiles. An eighteenth-century French panel hangs over the grand marble chimneypiece and an antique cabinet provides stylish DVD storage. Follow Deliss and make the most of original features: even if they seem a little whacky, the floor in this country living room for example, there is a way to make it work – try toning down another area of the room or opting for plain walls rather than wallpaper.

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