You can achieve an atmosphere of down-home comfort by taking a few cues from a popular American country home decor style. Country style homes are dominated by rustic charm and beauty brought in through the use of natural materials such as wood, stone and leather. Many of these homes use lighter shades on the walls to counteract the effect of so many dark furnishings and decor. On the other hand, many country homes have walls covered in wood paneling and darker colors to enhance the feeling of being in a woodsy outdoor landscape. Country house interior design also relies heavily on elements from nature such as trophy antlers, or lamps made of logs and furniture made of heavy wood.
Country homes often feature rustic design details such as exposed wood beams, fireplaces made of stone or even brick or rough hardwood floors. An abundance of potted plants is also a popular choice in country homes since they keep with the theme of the home being closely tied to nature. Many country style homes feature gabled roofs, and attics are a popular choice and make a great place to store the collections of furnishings and antiques many country style homeowners accumulate.
Antiques and vintage items are an extremely popular choice for country homes. Many people love the nostalgic value of old furnishings and memorabilia. A country style home is the perfect backdrop for many homeowner’s collections of antique furnishings, paintings, classic toys, or even tableware. So it is no wonder, in terms of interior design, this style fits the taste and imagination of the homeowner or architect who is also a collector.
Country house interior design commonly adopts natural colors, such as yellow-brown so the impression that emerges is warm and homey. These colors blend with the aged patina of older furnishings as well as color of the natural wood and stone that is characteristic of these homes.
Another choice for wall color in country homes is to pull nuances of color from materials used in the house. Soft blues, forest greens or even pastels that blend with the more dominant browns and earth tones work well in these homes. Country homes blend the beauty of the old with the comfort of the new in homes that are designed to meet a sentimentalist’s dreams.