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Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Not sure exactly what Modern Country Style is? Let me explain it!

Country style decorating means a lot of things to a lot of people. You hear people talking about French country decor or Tuscan elements that give your house that farmhouse appeal. And not only are there different layers to country decor, but you can also find parts of the house and garden being segmented.

Country is a wide-ranging style that depends on geographical location but is generally exemplified by primitive furniture, muted colors, milk-paint finishes and vintage fabrics. Here's how the style breaks down:

Colors: Soft, muted colors showing the wear of time are indicative of a rustic country style. A more contemporary country look may feature a brighter color palette with accents of red, black or pure white to set off the design.

Furniture: Flea markets and Grandma's attic are the perfect spots for finding treasures for a country-themed home. Look for pieces with straight lines, painted finishes and very little ornamentation.

Accessories: A handmade, homespun quality permeates country-style accessories, which include baskets, carved wooden bowls, pottery, pewter and hand-forged metal accents.

Fabrics: Floral, checked and striped patterns printed on calico fabric add visual interest and color to an understated country room.

 Fabrics and Wallpaper

For the modern country style, we should use the floral fabrics and papers sparingly, and all flounces and frills should be banished, in search of a sleeker, cleaner look. The floral prints should blend together, and color palettes should be restricted to a few colors, and the patterns should be kept small. And don't forget that there are some lovely wallpaper prints too that can compliment your floral fabrics, but make sure that what you choose is understated and not too 'busy'.

 The ideal type of furniture for your modern country style has clean lines, but still has that country feel. The plain Shaker furniture is ideal for this. The bed and bedside table in the picture here, is an example of Shaker furniture. It is widely admired for its simplicity, old-fashioned dove-tailed joinery, quality, and functionality without being stark. Instead, the bare wood, or painted finishes give a homely, farmhouse feel, and the warmth of the timber is highlighted by the patchwork quilt. The quilt is another accessory for a convincing, country feel. A sure-fire recipe for country-themed bedrooms is to paint the walls one solid colour first, and then introduce a floral look in the bed-linen and soft-furnishings. I hope this give an understanding of Modern Country.

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