Maison De Campagne / August 29, 2018 / Elliott Blevins
Plants and living things are an integral part of rustic decorations. The bonsai trees, Jasmines, oranges and pine trees add to rustic atmosphere, plus the aroma they impart and the freshness of the air refreshes the soul. Water is also a key feature for rustic decoration. Beautifully tiled fountains provide any room the gentle sounds of flowing water, lending a perfect audible presence to your rustic atmosphere. It really doesn't matter where you live or how you choose to arrange your rustic furnishings - country-themed décor can and does work in the interior of any home. And with that rustic décor will come a sense of comfort as well as a feeling of being closer to nature... a feeling that many of us have lost in the mix of the city life.
For starters, replace the fabrics. The motifs of yesterday - big floral prints, barnyard animals, farming tools and the like - mark Country decor as kitschy. Instead, choose stripes and checks for upholstery, while keeping one or two of the traditional prints for throw pillows, small wall hangings or bench cushions. Painted furniture and antique quilts still say "country," so these furnishings can be retained if they're in good condition. Even though some Country styles call for painted furniture to appear distressed, too many nicks and dents simply make it look old and worn. Whether to repaint entirely or touch up the marks can be the decorator's choice, but don't give up the inherent charm of such pieces. Painted kitchen chairs or a painted chest with a countryside scene are perfect for this decorating style. Add two or three vintage quilts on a rack or display a collection of folded quilts in a glass-front cabinet.
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