Traditionally with anything but an unlimited budget, country homemakers were forced to make the best of what was to hand on an austere purse. The potential was realised in heirloom furniture, weathered hand-me-downs and ancient handmade pieces carefully looked after over time to produce a style rich in the patina of time.
Bring elements into the modern home to add character to new spaces and speak to the lush textures of times long past.
If your decorating style is a little bit country, read on.
1. Choose quality linens
Imagine these are the only sheets you will ever be able to buy for your bed. Invest in the best quality you can afford in your favourite colours so it will last a lifetime.
2. Go for the comfort factor
...with a touch of the traditional. Natural linens in neutral tones are timeless and versatile. Pair with plush eiderdowns and ticking fabric accents for true country appeal.
Timber and time are friends in this decorating style. Seek out vintage pieces that can be pressed into service anew with an alter-ego for storage that is a once decorative and functional.
4. Use colour
Don't shy away from modern tones and pops of trending colour in your palette. Blend with classic pieces and quirky details to bring the look together.
5. Embrace your dark side
Old country homesteads were filled with dark rooms and shuttered windows to keep out the harsh elements beyond. Take your colour cues from time-worn tones and bring them up to date with bursts of bright tones in the same colour family. Paint walls and ceiling with moody hues in a gloss finish highlighting architectural details.
6. Look to industry
Furnishings and decor with an industrial history are usually particularly robust. Factory lighting, vintage office lamps and hospital beds were all built to withstand the rigours on constant use so even worn treasures are worth the time and investment of restoration.
7. Focus on the details
The challenge of decorating on a budget bears fruit in unexpected ways. Look to nature for accents that bring vignettes to life. Style everyday objects with care and attention to detail.
8. Go large or go home
Use a space to its full potential with an all-white paint makeover and the addition of modern pieces mixed with antiques. In a large area use statement lighting and colour to make an impact and be generous in scale.
9. Use colour
Colour need not be your enemy when decorating in the bedroom - mix and match bold accents and different textures. With a busy palette, stick to plain, rather than patterned fabrics for a more contemporary look.
10. Respect the history
Rescue, reinvent and reclaim vintage and antique furnishings for an authentic country look in your bedroom. Restore with care to bring out the best in a piece and let its heritage speak for itself.
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