Got a yen for farm living?
An affinity for casual comforts? Or a love for simple spaces that
invite lingering? If you answered yes to any of these questions, you
might discover that country style is the style for you. The style's
easygoing elements are well-suited to creating serene country bedroom
designs ranging in attitude from carefree to chic. Because country
bedrooms feature a timeless appeal, it's simple to create bedrooms
that reflect your personal design aesthetic and your personality.
Though country style is adaptable, there are some
basic design strategies, elements, and decorations that you will want
to keep in mind when creating a country bedroom.
1. Basic designing
options for your country bedroom
Whatever type of house you
are living in, its interiors can accommodate country bedrooms when
style-apt backdrops are in place. If you like light and airy looks,
add white-painted beadboard panels or tongue-and-groove boards to
ceiling and walls. If your tastes run toward warm and cozy, opt for
rough-hewn beams and walls covered with salvaged barn boards.
Prefer something more
modern? Dress bedroom walls with horizontally set unstained pine
planks or paint walls a neutral hue. Install substantial but plainly
profiled moldings and make them stand out by staining or painting
them a different tone than adjoining walls. You can even lay
random-plank oak or reclaimed heart pine floors; or, since farm
living is about making do with what you have, give worn floorboards a
lift with coats of white or black paint. Whenever possible,
incorporate architectural details that promote been-around-awhile
If you’re remodeling an
attic bedroom, storage can be a bit tricky – after all, it’s hard
to position a wardrobe under a sloped ceiling. To counteract this
problem, use chests of drawers as bedside tables – a clever trick
to maximize space and keep the room uncluttered.
country farmhouses are valued for their deep and sweeping areas to
kick back, and enjoy pastoral panoramas. There's no better way to
duplicate this sit-awhile sensibility than by equipping your bedroom
with large windows for adequate lighting and an enjoyable view and
complimenting it with a comfortable rocking chair.
elements for your country bedroom
A country house is most at
home in a rustic environment. In the Philippines, you'll find them
perched on the edge of a highland area, skirting a coastal area, or
nestled among a forest of coconut trees. If you can't pick your
surroundings, you can certainly pick wide-plank wood floors,
weathered ceiling beams, and paneled walls to incorporate on your
features go a long way toward creating a pleasing rustic shell. In
addition, the country decorating style prizes wood in its natural
state, mixing the textures of knotty pine with quarter-sawn oak and
rough birch bark, for example, to emulate the feeling of living in a
tree house. Opt for naturally finished shaker cabinets, black iron
hardware, and textured glass cabinet doors, which are great elements
to create a light, airy, and modern country
look for your bedroom.
3. Primitive patinas
for your country bedroom
bedrooms come about when you decorate with things you have on hand,
inherited and found furnishings, and repurposed objects that
contribute fetching, functional forms. Use antiquities and just plain
old stuff in new ways to fashion collected appeal.
Build a headboard out of
salvaged barn doors. Stack weathered crates as nightstands. Top a
painted dresser with a shiny new slab of marble. Use weathered
trunks, armoires, and pie safes to amplify a bedroom's storage
capacity. Keep interest high by incorporating various furniture
finishes: Think of arrangements that combine freshly painted
dressers, cupboards with distressed patinas, and polished mahogany
When you're shopping flea
markets and yard sales, look for country-style iron, brass, or
four-poster bedsteads or shapely old headboards that can be updated
with paint or upholstery fabric. Pick up rural relics, such as
farm-stand signs, enamelware pitchers, wooden dough bowls, barnyard
figures, milking stools, printed grain sacks, and egg, harvest, and
tobacco baskets, to further country appeal. Additionally, look for
old wooden racks and hardwood shelves for your built-in wardrobe in
your dressing room. The ideas are endless when
it comes to designing your bedroom with antique pieces and
4. Dramatic components
for your country bedroom
Because the wood-clad
shell of a rustic
home has such drama and presence,
dainty or precious furniture can get lost. Instead, choose
furnishings that are large in scale and in visual weight. This is the
place for an ebony leather sectional, or a canopied four-poster bed.
This might be quite a burden in the budget for most country-aspiring
homeowners, but it’s worth the lifetime investment to keep prized,
antique pieces in your bedroom.
Moreover, look for
elements that use rough-and-tumble materials, such as rugs made from
braided rags or light fixtures with punched-tin shades.
Layers of fussy patterns can makes these interiors feel too busy, so
go for bold, simple designs in textiles, such as the buffalo plaids
and mattress-ticking stripes. You can even opt to hang a feature
wallpaper on one wall of your bedroom to create a luxurious effect.
The wall where the headboard of your bed is the best place to go for,
as it is the natural center of the room. Choose a design in a
relaxing color and print so that it doesn’t make your mind buzz
before bed, and keep furniture white to let the design stand out.
5. Country color
schemes for your bedroom
Country colors run the
gamut from dusty colonial hues and patriotic palettes to modern
schemes featuring refreshingly natural shades. Since the look is
collected, you'll want to limit the number of patterns and colors to
keep the bedroom from becoming too busy. Create a soothing bedroom
scheme with a cream palette and add interest with plenty of texture,
from cable-knit throws to subtly patterned
rugs and upholstery.
Fabric patterns that work
especially well in country bedrooms include botanical prints, buffalo
checks, smaller checks, ticking stripes, and understated plaids.
Introduce old-timey texture by dressing beds in chenille spreads,
matelasse coverlets, vintage blankets, and hand-stitched quilts.
Homemade objects deserve a place in down-home country bedrooms so
bring in monogrammed shams, needlework throw pillows and seat covers,
and old-fashioned braided and hooked rugs. Filipinos also love the
idea of hand-woven family-rendered paintings and handicrafts to
create a country bedroom that reflects a rural outlook in a