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Modern ways to Rock Provincial Interior Design at Home

I find trend forecasting really fascinating; discovering where interior design styles originate, how they work their way into the market and how we interpret them for our own homes once they land.

A few year’s back, leading trend forecaster Victoria Redshaw said that 2015 would be a year of texture. She said that the reason for this was that we needed natural materials with raw and rustic appeal to counteract all of the sleek and smooth technology that’s becoming so prominent in our homes.

“Our interactions with products are getting physically smoother,” she told Design Field Notes. “We need a design antidote to counteract all the smooth, glossy, flawless perfection of the i-world we’re now living in. The inherent irregularities and imperfections of natural materials can be particularly reassuring”.

Rustic Wooden Chest of Drawers - Metricon's Provincial Trader Trend
Vintage Typewriter - Provincial trader Trend from Metricon Homes

New Provincial Interior Design Ideas

When I laid eyes on these snaps of the new Provincial Trader trend from Metricon, Redshaw’s words popped to the front of my mind – and I couldn’t be happier to see this trend playing out in homes across the country. Even though this vibe and aesthetic was forecast overseas a few years back, it’s now playing out in Aussie homes in big ways, and I personally couldn’t be happier.

This trend is all about using clean lines and impeccable craftsmanship, to create a look that feels contemporary but with nods to industrial styling. Using a neutral colour pallet, simply mix in some ecru and inky blue tones to add depth, and you have a wonderful balance of old and new.

You probably already have some of these elements playing out in your own home. Why not draw inspiration from the imagery in this post and make some tweaks to elevate some of your rooms? Below I’ll let you know how to rock the look successfully!

Provincial Trader Trend - Dining Room - Metricon Homes
Industrial Pendant Lighting - Metricon's Provincial Trader Trend

How to Rock the Provincial Trader Trend

  • Dark timber floorboards are a great base. If you can’t do those, opt for a mid-tone, neutral carpet
  • Solid crafted timber furniture works well here, to achieve the industrial feel this look channels
  • Adding a sisal floor rug adds warmth and texture to the timber furniture
  • Introducing vintage feature lighting helps tie the elements in the space together
  • Add raw linens in calm, subtle tones; it’ll keep the industrial elements from feeling too hard
  • Accessories with native flowers, white glossy vases and vintage glass jars
  • Oversized artworks that feel old-world will do well here too (like maps)
  • Pieces that are soft and hard are perfect (upholstered bedheads with studding, for example)

Metricon Homes Provincial Trader Style Kitchen
Studded Upholstered Bedhead - Metricon Home's Provincial Trader Design

How do you Provincial at Home?

I’m loving the softness and subtly this look brings to a home, but I also appreciate how tactile and clean it is. It has just the right balance of warmth and interest, and all of the elements in the space play so well together.

Are you loving this look? Let me know your fave element in the comments below! I’d be interested to hear if you’ve been rocking something similar at your place.

This post includes images and/or videos of Metricon display homes and events, reproduced with permission. © Metricon Homes Pty Ltd 2016.


Chris Carroll

Outside of writing this blog, Chris is an interior designer, presenter and author. He’s also spent time on TV, on Channel 10’s Changing Rooms, as well presenting segments on Channel 7’s Sunrise and The Morning Show. If you’d like to book a design consult with Chris, you can find out more here

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2 Responses

  1. Sorry, Chris, clicked through to the story, because I thought the post on the study had given me the wrong impression. But no. I do not think that the window “treatments” add anything to these rooms. The heavy pelments are very intrusive and are visually dominating. They detract from the overall feel of the rooms. Of course, it’s just my personal opinion – and I quite like the rooms’ colour schemes and the furniture pieces.

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