Define Your Style: Country 101

In order to achieve the country/cottage style home comfort is key!  Country houses are overflowing with charm and personal style.  Furnishings might include family heirlooms or hand me downs mixed with flea market finds.

One might also find a room filled with painted wood furnishings, overstuffed upholstery pieces and slipcovers.  Wall colors tend toward a pastel palette- pale blue, pink, green or yellow generally offset by crisp white mouldings.  Popular prints in cushions, curtains and bedding- English florals, gingham fabrics, Swedish checks, ticking stripes, French provincial toiles or paisleys might dominate.

Framed family photos down a hall or in a living room might recall memories of an earlier generation, while an offbeat paint color such as apple green or tomato red, indulge the walls of an adjoining room.  Bedrooms might feature painted metal beds and handmade quilts.

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