Romantic Country is a flexible decor that may draw on
Victorian, Arts and Crafts,
heritage. The style mixes the substantial and ornate with the
down-home, but is careful to avoid clutter. Its comfortable and
traditional ambiance evokes Old and New England, calm grace and
Ivory-colored linen curtains, casting a mosaic pattern in shadow
across the breakfast table, might soften the early morning light.
The scent of last night's fire is still in the air. Objects and
details, essential elements of Romantic Country style, make each
room a cozy refuge. This style appears as a collection of heirlooms
gathered over the years and glowing with the patina of history.
|In the guest room an antique porcelain washbasin sits on an
embroidered lace runner. Hand-hooked rugs add color and casual
texture to the dark oak floors. A Victorian sideboard stacked with
blue and white china adds interest to the dining room, while a tiny
inlaid box rests on the mantle. These quietly beautiful things help
build the mood of a Romantic Country room.
To avoid too much formality, rustic elements such as iron bedsteads,
painted wood or wicker furniture, and accessories in pewter, brass,
and even enameled cast iron can be used. Gilt or silver-framed
family portraits, old sterling, and other unique bric-a-brac add
eclecticism and individuality to this essentially traditional design
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||Antique quilts add charm and personality, sometimes found on beds,
sometimes hung as wall coverings. An ottoman, upholstered with a
green and red Tartan plaid, sits invitingly near the fireplace.
Hand-embroidered pillows casually tossed on the couch add color and
whimsy with favorite sayings like, 'Bless this Mess' and 'Home Sweet
Elements of Style:
Walls: The walls play a supportive role in creating the
romantic country feeling. It is the objects, the pictures, fabrics
and furniture that add character to this style of design. In
creating a background for the many wonderful objects, the walls are
often treated with the soft colors created by color washing.
This adds dimension to the romantic room, without making a design
statement. Wallpaper, wallpaper borders, and stencils can also
create the proper feeling to the Romantic Country room. Create a
background texture using wallpaper, or interesting details through
stenciling and wallpaper borders. This will add energy, and can
often act as a perfect tie-in to the eclectic objects and furniture.
Authentic Period moldings, ceiling medallions, cornices,
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Floors: Dark oak floors come to mind when speaking of
Romantic Country style. Muted Persian or floral rugs are
popular, adding a warm and richness to the space. Hooked or braided
rugs are especially nice details found in hallways, the kitchen or
in the bath areas.
Fabrics: Floral fabrics, thickly woven, add the necessary
color to accent the room. Often velvet is used on a couch or
perhaps a single chair, mixing up fabric textures to add to the rich
variety of the environment. Lace curtains or table runners create
the appropriate feeling of the Victorian era. The simplicity
of linen, hung as curtains, would offset the colorful embroidered
pillows, or the complex quilts or tapestry panels hung as wall
hangings or casually thrown over the back of a chair.
Furniture: The furniture tends to be solid, often constructed
from oak. They are substantial pieces, simple in design. Chippendale,
Victorian, Queen Anne styles all are found in the
Romantic Country home. On the porch a wicker rocking chair might
rest. A painted dresser would add just enough charm to the living
Accessories: One can expect to find a collection of old China
and silver, passed down through generations. Bric-a-brac, like
antique games, odd kitchen implements or fireplace tools hung
randomly add to the casual coziness. A cast iron wood stove would be
alive through winter, and the passage of time counted out by a
grandfather clock. Large andirons sit firmly in the hearth.
Framed pictures and mirrors are common place, reminding us of who we
are and where we’re coming from. Copper or cast iron pots impart
the feelings of a well-used kitchen.
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