Country farmhouse decorating ideas

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Country farmhouse decorating ideas
Create a country farmhouse look, but include decorative items that represent your personality (Adrian Samson/Lifesize/Getty Images)

Country farmhouse decorating is a creative way to make your house appear inviting and warm to guests. The appearance of a country farmhouse represents a casual, easy-living style and a laid-back, decorative impression. Nevertheless, even though the style is relaxed, the decor can still be stylish and you can create this look effectively without spending a lot of time and money.

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Country Farmhouse Paint Colors

Country farmhouses are usually decorated in paint, not wallpaper. So, when thinking of paint colours, think light, bright and airy. You do not want anything stuffy because traditional country farmhouse furniture and cushions usually have busy prints, and you do not want it all to look too much. HGTV recommends that you stick to plain, light colours. Consider subtle yellows, greens and blues, or plain white. Avoid anything red, brown or darker.

Country Farmhouse Fabrics

Using traditional farmhouse style fabrics is the key to perfecting the look you want. These patterns can be found easily and they need not be expensive. Use fabrics that are printed or embroidered with bold floral patterns, stripes, toile, chenille and plaid patterns. Stick to the same colour scheme as well, but use pastel colours such as pale pink, mint greens, pale blue and white. As inspiration, think of anything old and quaint, but natural, and stick to pale colours that are found in a garden or outdoor setting. Vintage fabrics will also be a good addition, so look for these in thrift stores, or for remade vintage fabric in design stores.

Country Farmhouse Furniture

Country farmhouse furniture is hard-wearing yet cosy, charming and comfortable. This type of furniture needs to look as though it's been well worn but is still sturdy and in good working order. HGTV recommends anything vintage-looking like old English pine. Visit thrift stores and second-hand vintage fairs and look for old, reclaimed furniture. Stick to rustic-looking features with warm wood tones. A common country farmhouse look also includes the use of old pieces that have been distressed or whitewashed. This works well in bedrooms as bedside tables with quaint brass lamps on top.

Country Farmhouse Lighting

Firelight and dim lighting are traditionally used in country farmhouses. If you have an open fire, use it to create this atmosphere. If you do not, you can easily create the dim, cosy look with the use of lighting techniques. Add unusual, mismatched lights and shades. This will create the vintage feel addressed in the other decorations. Floral frosted glass light fixtures also create an appropriate soft light and a romantic feel to any room. In addition, have candles all around the house to create that romantic and cosy farmhouse feel. HGTV recommends antique silver candleholders to add to your farmhouse look.

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