Country style decorating should bring to mind fabrics like calico and chintz, hardwood floors, stenciled wall borders and folk art that portrays the rugged adventures of small-town life. Country decorating can get quite pricey if you go for authentic antiques, but it can be quite affordable if you collect your décor from flea markets, yard sales and junk stores. That is not even to mention the money you can save with DIY country décor projects.
Inexpensive country style decoration can be done by stenciling designs and borders. Stenciling is not done just on the walls, but on the floors as well because it was an easy way for early Americans to add colored adornments to their home. Stenciling can go along the top of the wall, but it should also outline a door way. Native American imagery copied from items like Navajo rugs can provide the basis for stenciled floors.
You can really cut down on the affordability of decorating country style by making things like rungs, drapes and upholstery yourself. Country style runs the gamut from the simplicity of gingham to colorful floral patterns in chintz. Other ideas would be damask curtains, jacquard weave bed covers and linen tablecloths.
If stenciling is not quite the look you want on your floors, you can’t get much cheaper or find a decorating idea easier to accomplish than spatter painting. The hardwood flooring of a country home can instantly take on the scuffed and lived-in look of a simple domestic household. Just rap a paintbrush against a piece of wood held about waist-high over the floor to provide this artistic ambiance.
Country décor was all about making use of limited resources and one way to do this is to recycle doorknobs. Head to the junkyard or flea market and grab up as many cheap, but elaborately constructed doorknobs. Affix them to a two-by-four that you nail to the wall and you’ve got an old-fashioned coat rack.
Many country style homes placed the bedrooms upstairs. You can use your own steps to act as a showcase displaying collectible country décor. Place small baskets on every other step or line the staircase with primitive country décor like irons, baskets, lanterns or wooden hunting decoys.
A bathroom already decorated with wooden attire is a good place to add country décor that makes a statement. Add brushes made from horsehair and keep toiletries in decoratively woven baskets. Prepare to change over to a manner of shaving in which the cream is applied to your face with an old-fashioned shaving brush and use an