Shabby Chic and Country Style Living has been a popular interior trend for the past couple of years and looking at magazines and the autumn and winter collections of homeware retailers, it doesn’t seem to be going anywhere.
If you want to create a country style living room or add touches of country living to your home, there are a couple of things you can do to transform your space and give it that cosy and traditional feel.
1. Work those neutrals
Soft neutrals such as grey, duck egg or beige are great colours for a room in the country style. They have a calming effect and keep the look of your room nice and clean, so you can really go to town with decorations.
2. Bring nature inside
Expose wooden beams, if you have them in your home or invest in some good quality wooden furniture for the real country feel. Fresh garden flowers are a great addition to any window sill or coffee table and some logs in front of your fire place, will instantly spread that cosy feel you’re after.
Go wild with cushions, throws and rugs. When creating a country style living room, more is more. Go with roughly knitted throws, faux fur rugs or sheep skins to bring out your inner country girl and scatter pillows wherever you can. Textiles are your friend, so don’t be afraid to use them.
4. Go old-school
Vintage items such as old vases or glassware make fantastic decorations for your country style living room. Add old photographs with mismatched picture frames, pop some old books on your mantel piece or coffee table and give your living room that charm of past days. Also, don’t forget the windows. Window dressings are essential as they dominate the living room landscape, which is why shutters for your windows are fantastic choices. Not only are they retro, but they allow you to add natural light and save space in your living room.
5. Don’t try too hard
An important characteristic for the shabby chic look is its effortlessness. Break with the rules, forget patterns and let your creativity flow. You want to create a room that looks warm and inviting and not thinking too much about where you place a cushion or plant pot is a crucial part of that.
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