Rustic, quaint, cozy and warm. It’s what we sensationalize when we dream of living in a country home. Whether it’s in Normandy, Barrington or Provence, country homes exude such inviting beauty that we all want to feel in our very own home.
Thanks to DIY ideas, having a home with a country feel is no longer just a dream. Below are some very simple ways to give your house the old countryside touch it longs to have.
1. Use Mute Colors
What’s very charming about country homes is the perfect balance of mute colors. You can start off with brick red, buttermilk, beige or off-white and pine green. Have at the very least three color-combination to play out on your furniture, wall paint and other fixtures inside your home.
2. Play with Patterns
Stripes, checkered and Victorian patterns works flawlessly to give your home an instant country feel. So forget about plain-printed pillows and replace it with checkered-covered ones. Do away with a single-colored tablecloth and replace it with a multi-colored one.
These small accents make a big difference so don’t be shy on your patterns.
3. Welcome Wood
Whether you intend to replace your flooring or add new furniture, it’s best to have them made of wood. This material instantly exudes the cabin-warm feel of a home.
Get rid of that metal shelf inside the bathroom and replace it with a wooden cabinet. You can even place a wooden rocking chair by the patio, just to give your guests an even more inviting vibe.
4. Elevate Your Kitchenware
What I like most about country homes is the ease in storage, especially in the kitchen. Instead of keeping your pans, casseroles and other kitchenware inside a shelf, why not install one on the ceiling and hang everything there? Not only does it make it easier for you to use them, it adds a more rustic, careless charm to it.
5. Hang Plates Instead of Paintings
This is where the French made its mark in elegant, authentic country living. Instead of them hanging big paintings of century soldiers or family portraits, they opted for ceramics.
Hang ceramic plates or trays all over the walls but don’t overdo it. Just accentuate different parts of your house with it so it still has a sense of unity in design. Add a small pot of tea and fresh cookies in one corner while you’re at it.
6. Head to the Flea Market— or Ask Grandma!
Remember the time when you laughed at your grandma’s furniture because it looked too old? Well, now’s the perfect time to take it back and make a bargain for it. There’s nothing that says country living more than old furniture. Find a big patterned couch with curvy armchair or old wooden tables that cost half of what you currently have at home. Flea markets are the best place to find these beaten vintage furniture and fixtures— and don’t go easy on the haggling!
Apart from guest blogging in various websites, Kole Tesamon is a Content Specialist for VLM Group that specializes in Post Tensioning System. For more information, visit VLM Group’s website at http://www.vlm-group.com.