for your homes and gardens. See simple and easy country style
decorating ideas for country
kitchens , living rooms, bathrooms and outside
Country style decorating means a lot of
things to a lot of people. You hear people talking about French country
decor or Tuscan elements that give your house that farmhouse appeal.
And not only are there different layers to country decor, but you can
also find parts of the house and garden being segmented.
People talk about English country
gardens or wanting a Cottage
So what can you do to your house to give it that country feel and how
far do you want to go in your decor to achieve that? And when you ask
these sorts of questions you realize that there are different layers to
decorating your homestead or house in this fashion from the rustic to
the chic and
everything in between.
We will examine the different
types of country styles and illustrate with some pictures, where
possible, to give you some great country style decorating ideas so you
can decorate your own home.
But before we do that, one
thing is certain and that is that there are common elements to country
style decorating that run throughout the different types of country
themes. And we need to look at these first in order to achieve this
particular style. Country style decorating means using materials for
furniture, flooring, curtaining and accessories that are natural. So we
are talking about using wooden flooring and furniture, cotton or linen
curtains, rush mats, or woolen mats and metals such as copper and brass
and country pottery for accent pieces.
COUNTRY STYLE DECORATING IDEAS FOR RUSTIC COUNTRY
COUNTRY DECORATING IDEAS - Rustic Furniture
This section is for
rustic decorating ideas. Rustic country style is
the furniture and accessories that you use throughout your house have
been made with logs and twigs, roughly cut and sawn. Bedsteads would rough and
the wooden furniture used throughout would have very simple, straight
or curved lines and definitely no ornate carvings or patterns.
kitchen big enough to take a wooden table and chairs would add to the
feel of your country style decor and the seats of the chairs could be
rush such as found in Provencale style chairs.
Or if you want to go
totally rustic, then your chairs would look very homemade with the
edges of the wood roughly sawn, log made and the nails very much
evident. Pine is often used as a material, and includes wooden paneling
COUNTRY DECORATING IDEAS for Floor Treatments
This style will also
incorporate stone as a material. You can use this effectively by having
stone flagged floors and a stone fireplace. Flooring could also include
painted floorboards and rag or rush mats.
COUNTRY DECORATING IDEAS for Fabrics
Whatever fabrics you use for
dressing windows, covering seats and cushions these should have a rough
and open weave, and be a natural material such as cotton or calico.
could never put chintz or satin a room of this style. The rustic style
for it to be successful has to be echoed throughout all the treatment
areas, walls, floors, windows, furniture and accessories.
another alternative to using rough-weaved fabrics is to go with woven
wood shades. They look good in a rustic style home and not only do they
look good, but they are longer lasting than fabric curtains and are
great for conserving energy as being of wood, it is a great insulator.
COUNTRY DECORATING IDEAS for Country Accessories
Finish your rooms with
hand-thrown pottery, driftwood, cones and other earthy accessories from
nature. Use open, wooden frames and hang them off the wall. Inside
these display your knick-knacks. You can do the same with shelving and
have a simple plank for books or knick-knacks.
COUNTRY DECORATING IDEAS FOR THE MODERN COUNTRY STYLE
The modern country look is a
slimmer version of the cottage country look, except we have dispensed
with the frills, but kept the essential elements that make up this
modern country style.
There are several key ingredients to this look
MODERN COUNTRY DECORATING IDEAS for Furniture
We are used to the country
look having its well-worn furniture, and over-stuffed sofas, and the
delicate floral prints add to the emotive look the country style
MODERN COUNTRY DECORATING IDEAS for Fabrics and
we should use the floral fabrics and papers sparingly,
and all flounces and frills should be banished, in search of a sleeker,
prints should blend together, and color
palettes should be restricted to a few colors, and the patterns should
be kept small.
forget that there are some lovely wallpaper
prints too that can compliment your floral fabrics, but make sure that
what you choose is understated and not too 'busy'.
MODERN COUNTRY DECORATING IDEAS Using Flowers
For some more country style
decorating ideas, those wanting the cottage country look, dried flowers
are still acceptable.
However, if you are trying to go for a
country look, then the flowers should be fresh, and ideally non-exotic
blooms would be your choice; old-fashioned climbing or dog roses,
delphiniums and wallflowers, daisies and cosmos in the summer months,
hawthorn berries, olive cuttings and the like in the winter and
primroses, fruit blossoms, poppies and
bulbs in the spring.
cleverly the flowers here have been specifically chosen to echo the
pattern on the jug, and as a result, looks very effective.
MODERN COUNTRY DECORATING IDEAS for Furniture
The ideal type of furniture
for your modern country style has clean lines, but still has that
country feel. The plain Shaker furniture is ideal for this.
The bed and
bedside table in the picture here, is an example of Shaker furniture.
It is widely admired for its simplicity, old-fashioned dove-tailed
joinery, quality, and functionality without being stark. Instead, the
bare wood, or painted finishes give a homely, farmhouse feel, and the
warmth of the timber is highlighted by the patchwork quilt.
is another accessory for a convincing, country feel. A sure-fire recipe
for country-themed bedrooms is to paint the walls one solid color
first, and then introduce a floral look in the bed-linen and
MODERN COUNTRY DECORATING IDEAS for Accessories
Enamelware is still in vogue
and another essential corner of your modern country style decorating
There are many other kitchen accessories that one can find in
enamel, besides the pot opposite, such as bread bins, colanders, pots,
jugs and canisters.
Like the Shaker furniture in the bedroom, this can
be carried very effectively through to the kitchen, to again emphasize
simplicity and clean lines.
Open-shelved dressers, wooden draining
racks for plates above a Belfast sink, and the quintessential wooden
table for practicality and to sit around and chat during cold winter
nights, and gatherings of friends.
Finally, this is a
picture of my own modern country style kitchen.
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