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The country.

There are a lot of connotations to those words, and the concept in general; simplicity, conservatism in the original sense of the word, valuing established traditions and history, and a certain sense of “cozy” that perhaps the smooth surfaces, stark contrasting colors, and straight lines of a contemporary design might not offer in quite the same way. So, when it comes to decorating in a “country style” even if you live downtown, what are some of the basics?

Take a look at this graphic that outlines an interpretation of what country style design can mean in a living room space.

There are a lot of ways to get the effects of a country style interior design in a living room, of course. Some elements are up for grabs in terms of how essential they are. A lot of it has to do with values, which is perhaps true of every style of design you might be interested in. But, country style design seems the most resonant when it comes to values, as mentioned above. Country style shies away from the new fangled, and errs on the side of the down-to-earth in a very literal sense, with stone and wood surfaces and textures being the key textural basis.

Country style living room interiors and your values

Of course, there are other values to be taken into consideration here too, namely yours. Maybe a deer’s head in your country style living room doesn’t work so well if you’re a vegetarian or vegan! Yet, there are other philosophical implications at the heart of a country style interior design that allow people of various points of view and backgrounds right into it. You don’t have to buy the whole thing as it’s presented to you. Like anything, it’s about the subtleties, and which ones resonate with you the most.

Country style living room textures and direction

Raw fabrics, and using them for handmade slipcovers, bedspreads, and blankets add that humanity and warmth that many people associate with the honest, and simple pleasures of country living. Wood surfaces, including wood floors, and wood paneling can help to connect you to a natural environment. The same goes for that rough-hewn stone surface that can inform your approach to countertops, or fireplace surrounds. These are just a few examples.

Some questions for you

  • What are your ideas when it comes to country style design?
  • What kinds of materials, motifs,  accessories, and patterns immediately leap to mind when you think of this kind of design approach?
  • Which obvious ones should we have included in the graphic above?
  • Which ones should we have left off of there?

Tell me all about it in the comments section!

Cheers,

Rob.

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Cate Morgan-Harlow

Cate Morgan-Harlow is an all arounder, writing about how-to, DIY, and design with gusto. She is a shadowy figure with a mysterious past.