Update Country Home With Contemporary Decor Items – The cozy comfort of rural living lies at the heart of all forms of 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versions of homey, rustic country decorating that dominated the latter half of the 20th century have become worn and outdated.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 home a fresh look with contemporary decor items.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.
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.
Update the wreaths made of pinecones and dried flowers. Use some creativity to put dried flowers tied with a slim ribbon in a wicker basket, or put them in a more contemporary vase. Give the display a more up-to-date look by adding small glass bowls filed with stones in different colors.
Furthermore, re-think how other accessories are displayed. Contemporary looks emphasize the principle that “less is more”, so reduce the size and number of accessories to create more intriguing vignettes. The traditional elements may be retained, but cut them down to enhance their interest. Thus, instead of several wood bowls holding pine cones or evergreens scattered about a room, create one bowl with two or three pinecones surrounding by sprigs of fragrant rosemary. Instead of a week’s worth of wood for the fireplace, only place a few logs in a black or bronze metal holder. Show off only the best copper pots and pans in the kitchen.
Likewise, correct any excess in thematic design. Two kitchen towels decorated with red roosters are cute. Roosters on all towels may lead guests to feel they’re about to be pecked to death in a chicken yard. Remember the “less is more” guideline.
Update the flooring. Hardwood floors are timeless but braided area rugs may look dated or be worn. Give the floor a new look with mustard yellow rugs, reddish orange rugs or brown rugs in graphic patterns.
These fairly simple and inexpensive touches can revive country home with new energy and expression.