Whether you reside in a
busy city or the suburbs of one, there’s something undeniably
appealing about country
living. After all, some
old-fashioned things like fresh air and sunshine are just hard to
beat. Both warm and inviting, the relaxed interiors that are often
found in rural locales combine ease and comfort—achieved, in part,
with an effortlessly curated mix of informal fabrics and traditional
furniture styles, with a healthy dose of nostalgia pieces and
finishes thrown in for a good measure.
Turn your traditional
“bahay kubo” into a modernized country cottage with a finer sense of
style and sturdier materials found in the market, yet keeping the
design and feel honest to its classic country roots.
1. Country home
When people hear the term
"country style," they often dismiss it as dated, picturing
lacy curtains, chunky oak furniture,
and overly sweet motifs. The trick is to preserve the elements that
made that style popular in the 1980s and early '90s—a sense of
welcome, a relaxed air, and a collected approach, while combining
them with today's cleaner, less overwrought aesthetic.
country house looks best with a
muted palette. Subdued blues, yellows, and greens inspired by nature
make a soft statement that encourages relaxation in country homes. In
addition, light hardwood brings a soft, natural ambience to your home
while dark hardwood screams a bold, earthy vibe that pulls your
country home all together.
2. Add soft, cheerful
colors to your classic country home
Shocking brights and drab
neutrals feel out of place in country-style rooms. Instead, choose
gentler hues that feel cozy and upbeat: barn red, straw yellow, sage
green, dusky periwinkle. Avoid outdated combinations such as mauve
and blue, and lighten up the look with plenty of white, cream, and
ivory—always classic and crisp.
A dash of florals wouldn’t
hurt either. Most country homes seem to burst into bloom—in the
coverings on the walls, in the china on the dinner table, in the
upholstery on the furnishings. Romantic patterns and motifs work best
with the traditionally muted palette.
3. Handwoven and
handmade textiles for the traditional country home
Quilts, rag rugs, and
textiles have always been integral
to country style. Modernize the look by sticking to fresh color
schemes and graphic patterns..
Comfortable fabrics and
materials create a warm, inviting atmosphere that’s sure to make
you and guests feel right at home. Upholstered cushions and furniture
pieces in a breezy cotton gingham or ticking stripe instantly convey
no-fuss country chic. You can even add a traditional patchwork quilt
that can make a striking addition to a very clean, simple country
space; just be sure it doesn't feel overly busy
4. Ideas on distressed
finishes for your country house
Country style whispers of
years of wear and use. Blend lightly blemished woods, painted
surfaces, and metals to lend an air of history and antiquity.
Patina is also a great,
classic country house piece. Worn finishes on everything from metal
fittings and painted wood
furniture to enamel and pewter
tableware impart a sense of age and lend a more approachable vibe.
If you have the budget,
make a kitchen island using bricks or stones. This gives your entire
kitchen a beautiful rustic look and the project is actually a lot
easier than you may think.
Wood pieces put together
make a beautiful backsplash that definitely makes a statement in any
room. If you have a wall available, you can create a lovely setting
by simply adhering wood
pieces to the wall. You can also
build a small wall to create a division wherever you need it.
5. Your country house’s
classic, comfortable furnishings
Go with classic
furnishings, forget mid-century modern and opt instead for
traditional styles with rounded edges and plush upholstery. Furnishings in country style have familiar
profiles and comfy silhouettes: ladder back chairs, slipcovered
loveseats and settees, iron and spooled-wood bedsteads. The pieces
you choose should feel warm and welcoming, as though guests can sink
in and put up their feet.
A mudroom is also one good
country design idea. Keep outside dirt at bay while increasing
functionality with a multipurpose space that uses hooks and cubbies
to store shoes and other accessories at arm’s reach. If you have
wood pallets just lying around the yard, put them to use by turning
them into a great mud room bench. This bench would look fabulous on
the deck or just inside the door, wherever you want to put it.
6. Simple accents to
make you country house alive
uncomplicated and unfussy to achieve the classic country home look.
Pottery, creamware, ironstone and other dishwarefeel on point, as do
graphic baskets and seagrass or sisal rugs will do well as
accessories to your home. Other good bets include wildflowers massed
in a pitcher, a work of folk art hanging on the wall, and an antiqued
mirror or two.
If you really want to
spruce up the kitchen or dining room, turn an old wooden pallet into
a fabulous wine rack. This is another really easy project that looks
beautiful when finished. You’ll need to make the shelf to hold your
wine bottles and then use a drill to create a hanging section for
wine glasses at the bottom.
Filipinos love to decorate
with antiques. Whether it’s farmhouse-appropriate pieces like
metal-plate signages and vintage furnishings, or handmade antique
artwork and old wooden photos frames, these pieces can be turned into beautiful rustic décor.