The coziness of country chic ensures it remains a popular style and, best of all, it’s a look you can embrace whatever your budget.
If you want to bring the warmth of the farmhouse into your home without splashing the cash, here are five simple ways to adopt a chic country look.
Floral Prints and Country Gingham
Pastel florals and traditional patterns by the likes of Cath Kidston and Laura Ashley have a country vibe of their own. If you are creative, why not make your own soft furnishings such as cushion covers and tablecloths to incorporate the soft florals or popular ginghams that are synonymous with country style into your home? Made to measure curtains are a finishing touch that put the seal on a new look and with bespoke made to measure curtains available to order online, you don’t need to be able to use a sewing machine to introduce these timeless fabrics into your home.
One person’s trash is another person’s treasure, and this is apparent on any trip to the charity shop. Look for items that can bring the country spirit into your home – tea sets are a popular choice, as are jugs and vases that you can fill with flowers from the garden. Facebook marketplace and local online selling groups can also provide you with items that are in keeping with the country look. If you are lucky, you might even be able to get them for free!
The Heart of the Home
Many people adding a touch of country chic to their home choose the kitchen as the starting point, but you don’t have to go for a full refit. A kitchen table is the heart of any countryhome and an ideal piece of furniture for starting your transformation. Decorate the table with flowers, gather friends and family and build a homely warmth that is such a trademark of country living.
Dress to Impress
Displaying knick-knacks and trinkets on a dresser is a brilliant way to show off your style and embrace country chic. Traditional Welsh dressers in pine can be sanded and painted in chalk paint for a soft pastel look which makes the large piece of furniture more versatile. Dress with items of personal significance such a photograph of loved ones, crockery, and scented candles – the monetary value is unimportant, what matters most is that it is representative of you and your family.
A country home is known for being comfortable, so use soft furnishings to add warmth and texture. Traditional cushion pads can be added to dining chairs or benches and pile cushions on chairs for super soft and snuggly seating. Throws are another way to bring the country look into your home – knitted, quilted, or crocheted are ideal for a handmade look befitting of any country abode.
Sourcing items needn’t be expensive – look at online groups and selling sites, scour charity shops and ask friends and family if you can rehome anything they are passing on. A true country home doesn’t come to fruition overnight, so add to your style over time for an authentic look you can be proud of.