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For lack of a better broad term for this next category we are going to call this style "country". This style years ago had a different connotation altogether. Today it encompasses the style of all countries: French, Italian, Spanish, Sweden, Southwest, Shabby Chic, English country, American colonial, Amish, 'southern style"- you get the idea. Decorating decidedly is regional. Here in Virginia you see alot of southern influences; "Williamsburg" decor, equestrian style or colonial influences.
Country style can be rustic,vintage or more up-to-date with 'new' finishes. It can be neutral in color, or colorful. The term "cottage" and "farmhouse" can apply to country style. Let's take a look.
Part III: Country
This Swedish country bedroom is rustic with fine finishes, or look at the home of Loi Thai here for a fabulous more 'polished' example.
Shabby Chic, coined by Rachel Ashwell, features whites, rustic,romantic,cozy, and a "grandma's attic" feel.
Southwestern decor: "cowboy" and animal themes, symbolism, heavy wood and textiles:
Farmhouse-the upscale version -with fine fixtures and more sophisticated finishes:
Farmhouse, a more rustic version:
Nothing says country more than this picture:
Some characteristics of Country style are:
- both straight and curvilinear lines
- ruffles, embellishments
- floral fabrics ,plaids and checks ( like gingham )
- vintage finds
- flea market finds
- recycled and repurposed furnishings
- metal art
- casual and cozy
- handcrafted furnishings
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