New pieces of furniture, like a wooden chair with heart design cut-outs, or new decorating pieces, such as plaques that read something like “gone fishing” or “I love country,” show the cute aspects of country décor. If you were to hire an interior decorator to design a room with country décor, those types of cutesy items would most likely not be included. Authentic country décor builds from antiques and vintage pieces that once served a useful purpose.
Country Charm Concept
Before your shopping trip, create lists of what you need using the tips below. Then, visit antique stores, estate sales, auctions, flea markets, or yard/garage sales. Mixing old with new is okay especially when it comes to comfy seating, like a couch or side chairs, where strong structure, support and ultimate comfort are engineered into the furniture pieces. Pick up comfortable seating at your favorite furniture store. If the furniture store does not offer fabric choices to meet your design needs, go with slipcovers in washable fabrics. Slip covers or new upholstery is also an option for your current couch, side chairs or ottoman.
Living Room Furniture
The list. A couch, one or two soft side chairs (depending on how much floor space is available), and side tables for setting a lamp and resting a cup of tea are good starters. If space and funds permit, add an ottoman, coffee table, sofa table, or additional seating.
What to look for. Antique side tables may have drawers to store small things and ornate features like claw feet over glass walls. For additional storage, look for short, narrow chest of drawers. Reproductions are okay as long as they don’t look new. Additional seating might be made of willow, wicker or rattan.
The list. Table lamps or floor lambs
What to look for. Lamps may be made from wrought iron or brass (for floor or table), or ceramic/pottery table lamps. Look for lamps that could be imagined lit by candles or that have delicate designs like flowers or delft design.
Country Charm Accessories
The list. Quilts, crocheted doilies, baskets, tins, game boards, stoneware, weathervane, folk art, needlepoint, trunk, pewter candle stick-the list could go on and on.
What to look for. Handmade quilts or crocheted doilies can be an essential part of authentic country charm. Baskets, depending on the size, can hold books, potpourri, spice sticks, or newspapers. Baskets with covers or large tins can hold (and hide) small toys. A trunk can hold quilts and if resting against a wall, can be left over to display its bounty.
The list. Area rugs.
What to look for. Woven (rag) rugs or braided rugs, even modern ones this time, can be used on wooden floors. For safety, use a non-slip pad beneath the rug. Layers of rugs can create a padded surface that also allows for changing out the design with the season by shuffling the layers.