Country Style Decorating: Ideas for Adding Rustic Country Charm
by Jessica Ackerman
Country style decorating has come a long way since the days of geese with ribbons around their necks and walls covered in wallpaper dotted with tiny flowers. These days, country style decorating is far more stylish and sophisticated. With classic colors, weathered wood furnishings, and wall art with unique country style, a house can be transformed into a home with rustic country charm. The following ideas will help you get started on creating the comfortable country style home you have always wanted and for far less time and expense than you ever thought possible.
Select Classic Colors
Instead of selecting old-fashioned floral wallpaper when decorating the home, select classic country colors such as green, red, yellow, or blue. Opt for paint instead of wallpaper for up-to-date country style, and consider creating a focal wall in every room. Paint the focal walls a few shades darker or lighter than other walls, or select a neutral hue. Opt for a solid-colored backsplash of tiles in the kitchen, consider rough hewn beams for cathedral ceilings, and paint woodwork and trim white to break up the rooms with contrast and character. Solid colors are the new look in country style decorating, and they are far more impressive than the intransigent country style of decades past.
Give Wood Furnishings a Weathered Appearance
Weathered painted furnishings are ideal for decorating a home with rustic country charm. Mix old and new by selecting naturally worn painted pieces, or speed up the process by giving lightly sanded wood furnishings a wash of white latex paint. Play up texture by selecting weatherworn flea market finds, but use caution when decorating with the chip and dent look. Too many pieces that appear shabby will make the home appear worn and dated. A few weathered pieces here and there are enough to add rustic country style without compromising the overall look of the home.
Do Not Overdo a Theme
Many people choose a theme when decorating a home, but any theme that is overdone does not make a good impression. Avoid becoming over zealous with any theme, and opt for a few related pieces instead of dozens of roosters, chickens, or other farm-related knickknacks and wall hangings. Select several high-quality pieces when decorating any room in the home instead of many cheaper items for the most impressive appearance. Display smaller items of the same theme on a single shelf or two, and be more conservative when decorating walls. Some people make the mistake of completely covering the walls in a room with theme decor, but one large focal piece surrounded by a few accent pieces is far more notable.
Decorate Horizontal Spaces with Country-Style Wall Art
When searching for country style wall art, consider select wood or metal. Intricate wooden wall grilles are ideal when decorating an exquisite home with country style. Metal wall art is available in many different themes and styles from classic rooster and barnyard scenes to sculptured landscapes. Consider selecting a single work of country style metal or wooden wall art, and embellish the look further by mounting country style candle lanterns on both sides. Flowers are still a great part of country style decorating, and wall planters filled with faux wildflowers are also a wonderful addition to country style decor.
Achieve Balance with Angles and Curves
When decorating a home in any style, achieve balance by including furniture with curves as well as angles. For example, in a living room with square and rectangular furniture, select round end tables and an oval coffee table instead of varieties with sharp angels and corners. This will soften the look of a room, especially a room with country style, and it will appear more welcoming and relaxing. Round pieces will help the room flow, and it will seem more inviting than ever.
Add Charm with Natural Tabletop Decor
A room with country style should include natural tabletop decor. Take advantage of the natural beauty of brightly colored fruits, and create a mix of limes, apples, lemons, and oranges in a shallow bowl. This type of natural decor looks great in a foyer as well as a dining room or kitchen. Other natural items such as pinecones and acorns also make fantastic tabletop decor, and apothecary jars are the ideal way to display them. Partially fill a large clear apothecary jar with small pinecones and acorns, and toss a few dried flower blooms into the mix. Select flowers that bring out accent colors in the room for a lovely country display that can be updated according to seasons and holidays.
Choose the colors, wall art, and the tabletop decor you prefer when decorating a home with country style. Keep the aforementioned ideas and suggestions in mind, and transform your home into a comfortable country style home with rustic cottage charm. It really is very easy to decorate just about any home with country flair, and with these decorating ideas and a few of your own, a country style home can have a charming new look that is sure to impress.
Jessica Ackerman writes for Wall Decor and Home Accents. Visit the store for unique art and metal wall plaques online.
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