While in recent years designers have consistently praised minimalism, with neutral colours and Scandinavian style, vintage is making a comeback. Designers such as Cath Kidston have helped to revitalise cosy, country decor, making it an attractive design theme for homes of all sizes and styles. Here’s a room-by-room guide to creating a kitschy feel.
The bedroom should be the comfiest room in the house, and farmhouse feel decor can really help to create a homey atmosphere. Don’t be afraid to mix and match different prints with bedding, blankets, rugs and wallpaper – decide on a few key colours and one ‘anchor’ colour to create a theme, and choose patterns based on those shades. Bear in mind to change with the seasons – make the most of the longer daylight and keep cool with pastel and neutral tones in the summer, and keep warm and cosy with darks and brights in the winter days. Paint wooden bedframes, dressers, and wardrobes a staple colour to link different prints together, or leave natural for a more farmhouse theme.
A rustic lounge is easy to create simply by changing up the textiles and adding some key pieces of furniture. A large oak bookcase is a fantastically versatile piece of furniture to have in a living room, especially for small spaces. Place it against the wall and rearrange the shelves as necessary to house a TV, photographs, DVDs, or even books. A comfortable sofa is a must, and you can change up the colour scheme and up the coziness with a well-chosen throw and some squishy cushions. Depending on if you want your rustic living room to have a farmhouse, beach, or woodcutter theme, choose throws, rugs, and curtains in the appropriate colours. For that extra touch, and to impress visitors, find a painting you like to hang on the wall – it can really tie a room together, and provides a great talking point.
An idyllic farmhouse kitchen is the go-to idea when it comes to country-style decor, and with a kitchen you have many opportunities to unleash your ideas. For your counters and tables, natural wood furniture makes a striking impact against lightly coloured walls and creates a warm, homey feel, while remaining durable and functional. Be sure however, to properly varnish and protect the wood so it isn’t damaged by hot pans and kitchen messes. Increase the comfort and style factors of your dining chairs by adding seat cushions – more handy readers can make their own and add personal touches, or perhaps match them to tablecloths and curtains to add a pop of colour and contrast.