When you hear the term country décor, that doesn’t necessarily mean a wall lined with cowboy hats and stuffed deer heads; it’s a décor style that includes muted colors, vintage fabrics and handmade accessories. When done correctly, your apartment will feel like a cozy, rustic retreat. Looking to incorporate country elements into your décor style? Here are a few ideas.
Soft, muted colors are used to convey a more rustic country feel. The colors are found in the paint colors on the wall and on window trimmings, as well as in the furniture and accessories. For a more contemporary country look, feature a brighter color palette with accents of red, black or pure white.
An important detail for furniture in a country décor style is simplicity. Straight lines dominate, and it is important that the furniture has very little ornamentation. If you’re not sure where to look, check out flea markets, garage sales and even your grandma’s attic to find hidden treasures for your home. Adding a wicker chair with an upholstered back will transform a casual piece of furniture into a more formal piece.
Vintage, worn fabrics are dominant in country décor. Floral, checked and striped patterns are popular, as they add visual interest and a touch of color to a room that is typically understated. A homespun, natural fabric, such as calico will add character to your space.
A popular finish in country décor is the milk paint finish. It creates a nostalgic look on furniture. Milk paint is paint made from powdered milk formula, and it is available in a variety of colors. It creates a durable finish, and it is a good choice for less expensive woods, such as pine. Natural wood is also a big part of country décor.
Similar to the simplicity aspect of country décor, handmade accessories are also an important detail. This includes items like handmade baskets, pottery and hand-forged metal accents. For window treatments, keep it simple, and use white lacy curtains to filter the natural light. In your bedroom or living space, add a colorful quilt. Additionally, bring in elements borrowed from nature, such as a budding branch or a potted plant.
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