Tuesday, June 8, 2010

In A New Country

The new way to do country is to take it uptown. Say goodbye to roosters and red-checkered cafe curtains and say hello to sophisticated country decorating.

The modern way to do country is to mix things up. Sleek, contemporary lines and finishes mixed with the warmth and casual charm of traditional country makes for a look that is homey yet stylish. 

When going for this look, you cannot go wrong with painted furniture. They are fun, colorful and not to mention, a cinch to refinish. Warning: Unless it's for a little girl's room, stay away from anything that says, "cute."

Anchor painted pieces with dark wood finishes. 

Country casual is all about lightness and fun. Look for unexpected twists and shapes on furniture.

Photo credits (top to bottom, l-r): Zinc-top coffee table, www.potterybarn.com, Lakeside Bedside End Table, www.llbean.com, Wheel Indoor/Outdoor Coffee Table, Raffia Trunk, Isabella Chairs, www.potterybarn.com

Take your country for a downtown spin. A black and white and mostly neutral interiors quickly relaxes when roughened up with beautiful distressed pieces. Select a few key pieces that look like they've been around forever. If distressed is not your thing, opt for bare-look wooden furniture that have a 'found object' appeal. Rather than resorting to themes that can quickly become dated and tiresome, the use of natural materials can create a rustic and relaxed country atmosphere.

Photo credits: www.countryliving.com, www.ballarddesign.com, www.westelm.com

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