From Country Cottage to Barn Kitchen: Rustic Decorating Ideas
If Western movie adventures, campfire sing-alongs, and faded blue denims are some of your favorite things, these rustic ideas for your home are going to be just your cup of tea. By avoiding anything quaint, formal, or too many matching elements and instead revering the natural world, primitive country decorating imbues a home with put-up-your-boots, laid back comfort.
Idea 1: Close-To-Nature Settings
Primitive country home decorating is best in a rustic environment. You usually find these houses perched on the edge of a mountain stream, nestled in a forest of aspens, or skirting a national park. If you’re unable to choose your surroundings, don’t worry; you can opt for weathered ceiling beams, wide-plank wood floors, and paneled walls.
These types of architectural features are the start of creating your rustic shell. Try to avoid painting any wood surfaces as primitive country home decorating calls for wood in a natural state, mixing textures like rough birch bark, knotty pine, and quarter-sawn oak to give you the feeling of living in your very own tree house.Primitive country home decorating is best in a rustic environment. You usually find these houses perched on the edge of a mountain stream, nestled in a forest of aspens, or skirting a national park. If you’re unable to choose your surroundings, don’t worry; you can opt for weathered ceiling beams, wide-plank wood floors, and paneled walls.
Idea 2: Dramatic Complements
The wood-clad shell of your rustic home has a presence about it. That means precious and dainty furniture is just going to get lost. Instead, choose larger-scale furnishings. Think a canopied four-poster bed complete with primitive quilts, a dining table for 12 with a rustic table cloth, and even a kitchen island with butcher-block top.
Layer upon layer of fussy patterns can make your interior feel somewhat busy, so choose simple, bold designs like plaids and stripes straight out of the wagon-train era.
Idea 3: Warm Welcomes
Rustic homes aren’t the same without a fireplace. Achieve nature-made looks by including a hearth of slate tiles, a mantel of hand-planed wood, and a wooden sign or two around the home. If you don’t have a fireplace, you could gain the element of one by gathering chairs around a fire pit on the patio or amassing candles inside a firebox.
Idea 4: Found Objects
Primitive country home decorating is pretty easy on the pocket. The right decorative elements could even be found on a walk out in the woods. Grab a bunch of twigs, dried leaves, acorns, tree stumps, and even strips of bark to add to your center piece or create a focal point. You could even fill a vase with fern fronds from the garden or mound pinecones in an attractive bowl.
Some natural finds may be a little trickier to track down. For complementary quilted throws, prairie curtains, primitive bedding and other finishing touches for your perfect rustic home, have a look at Primitive Star Quilt Shop’s online collection.
Completely recreating a rustic feel in your home can be a daunting task but our collection of bedding, quilts, and accessories will help you and your family feel as though you’re in your very own outback.
- Jacki Alcorn