June 17, 2014
If you like a rustic edge to your contemporary home design, chances are you're a fan of country-style decorating. Lots of texture from woven fabrics, basketry, vintage accessories and hardwood floors like those in Anderson's Vintage Olde Paint floor collection suit this type of decor beautifully.
It used to be that country decorating was filled with frills and a hodge-podge of collectibles that created a cluttered look. In a style that ranges from log cabin simplicity to English country gentility, it's no wonder that home decorators are sometimes stymied by what constitutes true country design these days. That may be the reason why the term modern country has taken hold to convey the basic principles of country style with a pared-down look that isn't as fussy as in past years, as shown in Elle Decor magazine.
Touches of vintage
Whether you describe your style of room design as country, cottage or farmhouse, there are bound to be some vintage furnishings to set its tone. Accessories for country-style decorating may be collectibles that homeowners have gathered through the years or vintage finds from flea markets. Baskets are a traditional accent in the country look, but they also have a practical use as storage for odds and ends around the house.
To allow displayed treasures to stand out, the backs of cabinets or the wall behind open shelving may be painted in an accent shade. The backing should be in contrast to lighter wall colors, which frequently are muted pastels that create an almost white-washed effect. Floral patterns convey a country home atmosphere while plaids fit best with a rustic decorating scheme. Cushions for soft upholstered furnishings are often slip-covered in different colors and patterns.
Gray with a hint of blue offers a good base color for the traditional white trim, fabrics and painted furnishings of modern country style. Another way to evoke a vintage look is to encase windows in shutters. Often finished with a light wood stain or painted white and off-white, shutters are an attractive complement to pastels.
Plenty of comfort
Some contemporary furniture can be integrated into a modernized country look, as long as it isn't too angular and still evokes a comfort level associated with country furnishings. Painted furniture, for instance, is popular in country style, sometimes with distinctive stenciling, according to Better Homes and Gardens magazine. Wicker, bentwood and willow pieces are favorites in both country and contemporary design schemes so they naturally fit into rooms that combine the two styles.