Country Style

Take a relaxed and down-home approach to your decor with country style. Use these tricks to introduce this friendly, casual decorating look to your home.

Rooted in a rustic pastoral lifestyle, country decorating can introduce simplicity and warmth to any home. While country is often farmhouse-inspired, it can also lean cottage with the use white finishes and feminine details. Or it can look cabin-inspired, when rustic elements and woodland motifs are employed. And with clean lines and restrained colors, country can even be contemporary. You'll rarely find match sets in country rooms. Most pieces are called from various sources, from flea markets to family attics. In this bedroom, assorted linens dressed the bed, an eclectic furniture create a collected look. Country style comes through in this kitchen's confident mix of finishes. Pine beams, window casings and door frames are lightly finished to show natural nuts and wood grain. Cabinets are painted vibrant blue and split pea green and aged with a distressed finish. Seating is casual and reflects the welcoming attitude of country style. Cozy is the perfect description of this living room. Nothing is too perfect or precious. A slip-covered sofa and armchairs invite relaxation. Solid earthy tones unify upholstery. In farmhouse style, rafters and supports are left open and exposed. Here, they are painted white to brighten up the space. This kitchen brims with country cottage style and plenty of collections from dishes, tin canisters and cookbooks. Floral wallpapers, school house lighting and a cheerful breakfast serve sign add authentic flavor. Flea market scores, heirlooms and primitive treasures all offer a laid back air that makes country style sing.

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