Monday, September 27, 2010

Decorate A Small Home In Country Style On A Budget

Country style decorating is possible with a limited budget.

Decorating a small home means keeping furniture to scale. Oversized furniture or wall art would overwhelm a small home. Instead, use apartment size furniture and hang smaller pictures on your walls. Think "less is more" and accessorize sparingly to make rooms feel more spacious. Decide whether you want to do one or two specific rooms in country style decor or every room in the house. Look for bargains when shopping to stay within your budget. Does this Spark an idea?


1. Decorate your kitchen country style by using homespun plaid fabrics, gingham prints and white eyelet lace. To save money, make your own tablecloths, chair cushions, curtains or napkins with these materials and by following simple patterns. If you have a country motif such as apples or roosters, use stencils to accent your kitchen dish towels, paper towel holder or back splash.

2. Choose wooden furniture pieces at flea markets, garage sales, secondhand stores or antique shops. Any dents or light scratches will add country character. Alternatively, distress wooden furniture pieces you currently have with a light sanding. Another option is to paint furniture pieces and stencil on a floral design.

3. Save money by making your own plaid or gingham curtains. Decide from tieback curtain panels, valances, window swags or prairie curtains. Use buttons as accents. Another option is to choose curtain material with country themes such as roosters, barn stars, farm animals, birds, floral patterns or white lace. Opt for toile for a French country look.

4. Decorate your bathroom in country style to match the rest of your home. Toilet roll holders and towel bars made of pewter, white cast iron, wood or wrought iron are a nice touch with a country flair. Tin switch plates or a country themed motif on switch plates adds to the ambiance. Add floral wreaths and wooden signs or plaques to the walls. Coordinate your shower curtain, bath mat and towels with your favorite country motif, such as ducks or geese.

5. Accessorize your home with country accents that you can get at garage sales, such as vintage farm tools, kitchen utensils, wooden plaques, pottery, mason jars, antiques, colored bottles, candles and baskets. Barn beams add a country flavor to any room. Braided rugs look good in any room in the house. Make a quilt and hang it on a wall. Make a wreath for your front door or to decorate any room.

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