Shutters are an element of uncluttered country-style design

Mar 30 2011

Shutters are a mainstay of country-style decorating.
Shutters are a mainstay of country-style decorating.
Country-style décor can be an attractive theme for any room and is versatile enough to fit both traditional and contemporary architecture.

Decorating a home with a country theme includes free-standing furniture, rather than built-ins, that range from colorful painted wood pieces to white-on-white, slip-covered sofas and armchairs, according to

Country furnishings fit modern households best when the homeowner strives for a simpler, uncluttered look without fussy accessories. Basketry, for instance, is a mainstay of country decorating, but they can be used sparingly on high shelves or tucked above cabinets.

Wooden shutters can be painted in any color, although whites or natural wood tones usually look best in country design. Shutters that cover only the bottom half of the window can be closed to limit bright sunlight coming into the room without shutting it out altogether. They can also be paired with a curtain valance for night-time privacy.

"Country home decorating is about building a warm, inviting space with uncomplicated furnishings and accents," the website states. "Country style ideas are often about building a gracious space using found objects and imperfect items like reclaimed stone or wood floors."
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