The definition of "Country Decor" may remind some of us of the wall paper borders with apples or chickens on them. But it's so much more. Here are a few different styles, some with an international flair!
Have you ever heard of Swedish Country? Simple clean lines, quiet white walls and painted white furniture with small pops of one or two colors are very common in a Swedish Country style. Mix traditional and natural elements together, but keep your decor pieces more practical and useful than ornate or decorative. Think function first. Swedish Country is more Zen than "down on the farm"!
We have all heard of French Country at one time or another...Think French countryside. Beautiful colors with a neutral backdrop. Timeless, simple, usable pieces with elegant style. "Shabby Chic" is a term that comes to mind then you think French Country. This country style still uses natural elements, but with more curvy decor pieces, like detailed wooden pieces that are white washed to look more used and some fancier, detailed fabrics, with a more practical yet decorative piece of furniture. The French like it simple, but beautiful.
Then there is also the ever popular Americana Country. Bold colors, reclaimed wood pieces, farmhouse sinks and backwoods style. The way to achieve this classic look is to incorporate pieces from the past into the present. Find a new purpose for an old item. Some mismatched items can work well in this style (like a big farmhouse dining table with mismatched wooden chairs). Make old signs or metal farm pieces the "art" of the space. Don't forget rugged shades of red, white and blue!
There are other country styles and details you can glean from as well. Just remember Country Style is about colors found in nature and natural textures and practical function. From simple to fancy, eclectic or more uniform in style, you can have a "Little Bit Country" in whatever decor ideas you may have!
This blog was inspired by an article written by KariAnne Wood for Romantic Homes, March 2018 Issue.