My favorite thing about country home decor is its ability to make a living area feel cozy and lived in. I hate walking into a house that uses fancy shmancy home decor ideas that make scared to touch anything like I am walking through a museum. The only downfall of rustic country decor is that it usually feels much more casual and it is hard to bring that formal elegance that you need in certain spaces like a dining room or parlor. French country decor like this gives you a bit more leeway to create an elegant space because it relies more on that classic European styling as opposed to farmhouse chic.
It may be cliche because I live in the rural south but I just love country home decor and I think that you can incorporate it in an upscale and elegant way. Some may disagree with me, but I find the rustic home decor in this mountain house to be quite chic and luxurious. It is very interesting how they paired bold elements like a exposed wood vaulted ceiling (with some great architectural detailing) and a lodge-style chandelier alongside plush velvet settees and mercury glass accents. Country decorating ideas don't have to be filled with gingham and rooster prints, you can incorporate cool contemporary pieces alongside more rustic elements to create a one-of-a-kind look.
As you can see from these pictures of our master bedroom, I really enjoy bringing country home decor into my otherwise traditional style home. When people think of these more rustic or homey accents, they often are picturing primitive country decor, but that certainly doesn't have to be the case. I actually prefer a more French country look that incorporates the elegance of European styling alongside more casual prints and distressed wood furnishing. It is a very chic look that pairs quite well with nearly any interior home decoration you can think of. As you can see we used a traditional red and grey color scheme and brought in elegant metal and wood accents for that country flare.
My friends and family tease me about my longstanding love of country home decor. If I could fill me entire home with reds and yellows, beautiful buffalo check and down home plaids, and cute rooster accents I would. However, I have been trying to escalate my living room decor to be a bit more elegant and modern while still having that country style that I love. This room is super inspiring to me because it still has that cozy rustic look, but the furnishing are more traditional and formal. It is exactly the look I want to create in our home. I think that I will keep the couches and furniture a bit more neutral, then bring in color via wall paint, throw pillows and my favorite country wall decor.
Although we have a fairly contemporary style house, I just love adding pieces of country home decor throughout our living areas into order to give it a more fun and homey vibe as well as remind my husband of his childhood spent in rural Kentucky. As you can see, we actually refinished our previously cherry cupboards into these charming antique white kitchen cabinets in order to give the space more warmth and openness. I do love a contrasting island, so we decided to keep it in the originally cherry finish. Then to continue on with this theme, I added pops of country kitchen decor throughout the space like my beautiful French upholstered bulletin board over the desk, antique copper pans hung as artwork, and my collection of butcher block cutting boards displayed on the counter.
My favorite style of furnishings is most definitely country home decor. It gives such a cozy and homey feeling to any space you decorate, primary because it always looks very "lived in" and never stuffy. I had never seen this style brought in to country bathroom decor before seeing these photos but, I must say, I absolutely adore it. Everything from the classic clawfoot tub, to the chandelier and gorgeous antique mirrors, is done absolutely perfectly. My favorite part of the whole space is the French country furniture that they converted into really unique vanities. I have seen heirloom pieces used in unconventional ways before, but never in the bathroom.