Recreating a Country Lounge in 3 Easy StepsJanuary 19, 2014
Country kitchens are so last year; this is the year of the country style living room! Think ‘Little House on The Prairie’ style net curtains, plenty of wooden furniture, some shabby chic decorations and some statement furniture to finish it all off. Here are the three easy steps to recreating that country lounge you’ve always wanted.
Step 1: Lots of wood
Wooden furniture is a must-have if you’re planning a country style living room. It just wouldn’t look right without it. Wooden coffee tables, bookcases, sideboards, dressers; wooden everything. Try not to go for painted or varnished wood if you want to recreate that authentic country look. You will be better off using pine or lighter woods if your living room is quite small, as it will open it up and give it a fresher feel. If you have a large lounge then you can be a bit more adventurous with the pieces you pick and the type of wood they are made from. You will find a whole ton of beautiful wooden items online and in furniture stores, but be prepared to pay big bucks for some of the larger pieces. If you want a country lounge, without spending a fortune, then just opt for one key wooden piece such as a bookcase or sideboard.
Step 2: Shabby Chic
Once you have filled your living room with plenty of wood, it’s time to go shopping for some shabby chic goodies. Luckily, this is one trend that is not going to fade out for a long time, so there should be plenty of places to buy what you want. Country homes are always filled with sentimental items, such as photo frames, little bird cages holding candles and hurricane jars filled with candles. When you start on a shabby chic shopping dash you won’t be able to stop yourself. It’s best to set aside a budget for the smaller items and ensure you don’t go over it; otherwise you could end up getting carried away and have no room for it all! Don’t forget pastel coloured scatter cushions, paisley curtains and cosy rugs to complete the shabby country chic style.
Step 3: Finish it off
You now have a living room filled with wooden furniture and beautiful shabby chic ornaments, but you’re missing your statement piece. No country lounge is going to be complete without a couple of Chesterfield Sofas for the family to sit on. Luxurious, leather seating that will look stunning with your newly purchased scatter cushions. Lighter colours would again work best, in contrast with the wood and the shabby chic ornaments. Think soft caramel colours as opposed to a dominant black 4-seater in the middle of your white and pastel palace.
Now you’ve completed all three steps, sit back and enjoy your beautiful country living room. There’s something so relaxing about the pale wood in contrast with the light browns of the leather sofa and pastel scatter cushions. You won’t ever want to leave your living room again!