Classic Country Rooms

From tried-and-true blue-and-white palettes to vintage collections and creative repurposing, country decorating never goes out of style. Choose from a variety of lived-in, cozy looks and add comfort to every room of your house.

By Andrea Cooley

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Yellow living room with green accents
Character Counts

    Collectors look for character in everything, and this living room is full of it. Vintage schoolhouse windows-turned-mirrors lean on both sides of the mantel, reflecting light and giving the room visual depth. The old fireplace mantel, once covered in blue paint, was refinished to reveal its true beauty. Behind the sofa, the table is an English antique. These pieces bring both function and fun to the living room by reminding the homeowners and visitors of their charming pasts.

In the Details

    Having a white kitchens is a country mainstay, but white kitchens with touches of color and vintage charm are harder to find. It's the details, such as the white beaded-board ceiling, pretty floral wallpaper, and a collection of jadeite dishes, that make this kitchen sing. Stainless-steel barstools and appliances add modern touches without detracting from the timeless country style.

Classic Blue and White

    For a traditional country palette, go with blue and white. A pin-stripe slipcover on an easy chair sets the tone for casual country style while a white wicker chair with blue cushions and a denim blue sofa continue the theme. Crisp white walls and a natural sisal rug help the furniture stand out.

Rustic Country Bath

    A pedestal-base soaking tub takes center stage in this gracious master bath. Salvaged barn beams draw the eye to the vaulted ceiling. An ornate antique English shaving stand adds vintage charm. With no treatment on the window over the tub, natural light fills the space. Stone tile and a wood vanity enhance the natural look of the room.

Country Catchalls

    Wicker baskets are the storage item of choice in a country home. Two baskets under the antique spindle bed hold extra linens and pillows, so you're always ready for guests. A classic blue-and-white quilt and pillows with blue ticking stripes add color to the simple bedroom.

Built-In Style

    The kitchen is the heart of the home, but it still needs to be a hardworking space. Custom cabinets offer stylish storage for all your cooking and entertaining needs. These furniture-style cabinets are the highlight of this kitchen with their pretty antique blue finish, turned feet, and built-up moldings. The space has all the modern amenities but is right at home in a classic farmhouse.

Comfortable Style

    Comfort is a hallmark of country decorating, meaning you don't have to be a slave to a specific style when decorating a room. This three-season porch is the perfect example of how mixing styles can create a relaxing space. The combination of a modern metal coffee table and daybed, tile flooring, and striped cushions is eclectic yet welcoming.

Sweet Dreams

    This cottage bedroom has all the elements to make it a classic, from the painted white woodwork and beaded-board wainscoting to the crisp-white slipcovers and ruffled bedskirt. Blue-and-white bedding and pretty floral wallpaper complete the picture. The ornate chandelier is the icing on the cake for this romantic bedroom.

Natural Appeal

    Elements borrowed from nature, such as a budding branch or a lush potted plant, create a fresh look inside. Unfinished pine cabinets add to the natural appeal of the kitchen. Limited upper cabinets and open shelves make the small space feel light and open.

Better with Age

    When it comes to country style, most things look better with age. A raw umber glaze gives the living room walls instant age. You'd never guess this room is in a 1950s ranch. Sun-bleached shells, a crusty garden table, and antique floors add to the timeworn appeal of this country home.

Recycled Style

    Turn an old piece of furniture into a unique bathroom cabinet. The distressed finish of this buffet is right at home in this country bathroom. A standard bathtub gets a facelift with antique ceiling tile around the base. Vintage canisters add style and storage on the vanity.

Creative Reuse

    Find new uses for architectural salvage and bring a piece of history into your home. Four weathered porch posts create the base for a wonderful four-poster bed. Linen curtains hang from an iron frame around the top of the posts and offer options for privacy.

Romantic Bedroom

    Exposed beams frame this master bedroom in romance. Sheer fabric hangs from the vaulted ceiling, creating a gauzy tent over the bed. The wall behind the bed becomes the headboard when upholstered with batting and fabric. The burgundy toile coverlet and accent pillow add an additional layer of comfort and style.

Floral Style

    An antique daybed gets the royal treatment when piled with cushions in front of large windows. Worn draperies were repurposed as colorful throw pillows that pop against the natural wood tones. Fieldstone floors add rustic style to the room while a bouquet of fresh peonies, straight from the garden, lends country charm.

Touch of Nature

    Bring the outdoors in for relaxed country style. A yellowing grapevine casually trails out of a green vase, adding a playful touch of green to the all-white dining room. Leafy branches on the mantel and fresh flowers at each place setting complete the natural look. The crystal chandelier adds a feminine touch.

Farmhouse Kitchen

    The classic country kitchen is all about convenience and versatility. Here, a distressed armoire becomes a storage-savvy pantry, and an old metal cart topped with butcher-block counter becomes a multipurpose workstation. Vintage containers add character. White pine boards cover the walls, giving the space a timeworn look.

Sunny Delight

    Large windows, a vaulted ceiling, and a bright and airy palette form the perfect backdrop for a cheerful kitchen. A bank of windows over the farmhouse sink fills the space with light. Open shelves with beaded board make the space feel spacious and airy. Potted flowers on the counter complete the sunny room.

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