It would be nice to retire to a nice country villa when the world turns nasty and things begin to seem too difficult, but sadly that’s not a viable option for the large majority of people. Fear not, though. Just because a country villa can’t be found doesn’t mean that city centre home can’t be made to look like one. Interior design and home decorating are the terms of choice and it doesn’t take a genius or a professional to create the right environment to retreat to.
Why a Professional Isn’t Needed
Some people insist on bringing in somebody to design a room for them. This is often expensive and doesn’t really seem like value for money. Although it’s important to employ professional decorators to actually do the work, it’s not important to employ somebody to design it in the first place. All this does is add a lot of extra cash onto a tight budget. Make an attempt at it and if nothing comes of it then, and only then, look at employing somebody to come in and help.
The colour scheme will be the main thing that differentiates this sort of look from any other. When it comes to a country retreat everything should be easy on the eye. It should take the individual and gradually lure them into the building without being too forceful. That’s precisely why rich and dynamic colours should be avoided at all costs. With the country retreat it’s a good idea to opt for lighter colours. Pale blues, greens, and pinks are particularly appropriate for this sort of design.
As for patterns, this is really up to the individual in question, but they should ideally be avoided as they stand out to the viewer, and this isn’t what people should be looking for. However, what is encouraged is shading. In other words, there’s nothing wrong with having a pale colour on one wall and a slightly richer shade of that colour on another wall. This is all about being light and subtle. Differing shades can really match the atmosphere as it almost symbolises the changing rural weather.
Furniture found in a country home will usually be fairly casual, due to the fact that a country home is traditionally associated with rest and relaxation, and will perhaps possess an aged look. Wicker pieces are common finds in a country home, so they should certainly be employed. More so, wicker is perfect since it can go into any room of the house. Rocking chairs with a little bit of age to them will do the world of good for any living room.
It should be noted that, unlike a modern home in the city, not everything has to be matched up. Having mismatched wooden panelling in chairs is a common thing to find as it originated from the fact that those who lived in the country were often quite destitute so they couldn’t afford to purchase matching furniture. This look has continued on today and will be perfect for a country kitchen or living room.
Fabrics and Linens
White linen and other such materials are great for curtains on a summer’s day. What’s more, these can be changed into heavier curtains during the winter months to give the house a festive feel. Patchwork blankets and covers are favourites for placing on beds or for draping over sofas to add a little extra colour to the room. Unlike the colour schemes outlined above, rich colours can be utilised when it comes to things like blankets.
Accessories are not necessarily anything a professional decorator will put in, they are the sort of things that are bought and then put up remotely on a Sunday afternoon. Here are just some of the things that can really brighten up a room or add a little bit of character.
- Wildflowers positioned outside or hung up on a wall.
- Paintings of flowers placed strategically around the home.
- Baskets hanging on walls are always traditional features and can be used as handy storage options.
- Wrought iron candlesticks on tabletops, or even just scented candles, can be something that can be brought back from antiquity to brighten up a home. These can be used for meals, as well as to save on electricity bills.
- Finally, if possible, try and invest in a reasonably cheap chandelier for the living room as this is the ultimate display of country living.
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