Maison De Campagne / August 9, 2018 / Paula Beach
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.
Aahh, the country life! The cozy comfort of rural living lies at the heart of all forms of Cottage Country decorating. However, the versions of homey, rustic Country decorating that dominated the latter half of the 20th century have become worn and outdated. It's time to give Country decorating style a fresh look for a new era. Fortunately it isn't necessary to complete redecorate a Country style home to update its look. Whether a home's version of Country is French, Tuscan, Lodge, and more, a few new colors, materials and textures will provide a new, lively look.
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