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Country Style

One of the most popular decorating themes today is country house or cottage. Perhaps it is popular because it provides an inviting atmosphere and overall friendly feeling. No doubt, nostalgia has a part to play and a country style kitchen always evokes good feelings and the smell of baked goods and spring flowers. The people who live there as well as all those who visit enjoy a country style décor.

As with any home decorating project, a homeowner must first decide where they want to use country or rustic feel. Some people choose to use this theme throughout their entire home while other decide to use country home decorating focusing on just one or two rooms, for example the kitchen and the living room. Because this style is meant for people who enjoy simplicity and nature, some homeowners may decide to carry the country decorating theme through the entire living space.

Country style decorating combines colours, which are clean and bright with country furniture and accessories. When choosing colours for country home decorating, light to medium shades of white, yellow, pink, green or brown are good choices. Colours should reflect a rustic feel. To add to the painted walls, a homeowner or decorator may decide to use stencils with country character such as flowers or plants, fruits or vegetables, although this can look a little dated now. In keeping with a rustic and simple theme, country home decorating uses wood, natural wood. When deciding on a material for flooring floor, natural wood is a nice choice. Of course using natural wood throughout a large area can be costly. If looking for a less-expensive way to give floors a country look, a light shade of carpet might be considered or laminate flooring. Other suggestions for flooring are flagstone or tiles.

Naturally, a country style look used in a town house would be very different to one that is used in a country house where elements that are more practical need to be taken into account.

When choosing furniture to complement a country style, natural fabrics, and materials are best and reflect the beauty of nature. Many pieces can be bought cheaply at auctions or second hand that may be authentically distressed or used looking. If not many rustic looking pieces are available to buy.

Accessorising a room always adds to its beauty. When buying accessories to fit in with a country style bear in mind the type of ambience you are trying to create is a warm and inviting space. Simplicity goes a long way in country home decorating. Never use too many decorations, the best country style grows over time and develops character as a basket of fresh eggs are put onto a table, a rosette from a horse or dog show is pinned to the dresser or an old style jug from a junk shop is filled with daffodils. Piles of fruit and vegetables in rustic baskets are practical storage as well as making a kitchen look homely.

Try not to force the style as a genuine country cottage or farmhouse will be an eclectic mix of décor and practicality. The main detail to keep in mind is simplicity.

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