Once upon a time in the land of cassette players blaring the Macarena through subwoofers in Mercury Sables throughout the nation lived a home design trend that overstayed its welcome. So much so in fact, that there are countless homes throughout the US are still showcasing this antiquated design trend. Here are defining characteristics of country design and acceptable substitutions that can dramatically update the look of your home, while still embracing your love of the country.
Then: The country interior design trend that reigned supreme in the 1980’s & 1990’s largely consisted of the following shades: mauve, country blue, hunter green, cranberry, bright yellow.
Now: These days, a modern country vibe can be achieved with the inclusion of creamy whites and beiges which will help a room feel more welcoming. Color can be infused with muted tones of yellows, blues and reds.
Then: At some point during this era, it became a good idea to bring outdoor furniture inside in the form of wicker. Overstuffed couches were a highly sought after option, as was furniture that was covered in floral patterns.
Now: A safe bet is to incorporate leather furniture. Accessorizing with rustic designs, such as plaid, can be trademarks of successful country design.
Then: Floral patterns reigned supreme on everything from curtains to wallpaper to upholstery. Walls were oftentimes covered with vines that had been stenciled and painted. If that wasn’t enough of a floral overload silk flowers that gathered dust could be found in abundance.
Now: Flowers can still be used in country décor. Just opt for a vase full of those grown locally from a farmer’s market, or better yet, from your own garden.
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Then: Images of sheep, cows, chickens, and pigs showed up on everything from dishes to tablecloths to artwork.
Now: Achieve a more modern country feel with elements such as a sheepskin throw or faux cowhide throw pillows.