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Rustic Country Interior Decorating Ideas

Updated on August 8, 2012

Country Living

Ever been to a romantic mountain cabin or stayed in a hunting or fishing lodge? If so, it may have been decorated in a rustic country theme. A country style home, cottage, or log cabin, with a rustic theme gives a sense of warmth and coziness.

This decorating style has grown in popularity over the years. Many who like this style fail to decorate for lack of ideas to get started. Several things to consider before starting a project of this size, be sure to coordinate furniture, color, and accessories so that the results are satisfying.

Natural colors are the best choice for that truly rustic country feel. Knotty pine and cedar walls and ceilings covered with a clear dull wood finish really open up any room. Natural tones are the perfect start to a country home.

Design Ideas

Unless your are decorating from start to finish, or doing a complete interior remodel, don't start buying furniture and decorating supplies. Accessorize what you already own. Paint pallets from a local paint center with the same color as the interior walls are very handy to have when you start choosing furniture and accessories that will compliment the decor.

If new furniture is in the budget and part of the planned makeover, be sure to check out places like Bass Pro Shops, Gander Mountain, and Cabelas, for nice log furniture and some unique rustic country accessories.

Old homemade quilts are definitely a plus and give a nice touch to country decor. Linen stores and some supercenters, carry pretty country patchwork quilts in a variety of colors and patterns. Common color choices for the country look include: dusty rose, burgandy, country blue, and forest green. A tree trunk coffee or end tables make nice additions to the rustic design. Taxidermy mounts, antler-shed chandeliers, skull mounts, and log bunk beds are a few other decorating ideas.

Flea markets, Antique shops, flea markets, and sometimes right home, can be a gold mine of places for finding antiques and other items to use for decorating. An old checker board, set up on a small table with two chairs, makes a nice inviting piece of decor. Other ideas could include: old paintings, clocks, rifles, wagon wheels, and churns. These are only a few of the many ideas for this type of interior decorating project.

Rustic shades on antique or country style lamps can adds warmth to a living room or bedroom. Transform plain neutral color shades into rustic craft projects with a little know-how about crafting. Use soft white light bulbs at a low wattage, for a truly cozy feeling.

Place an old wooden quilt trunk at the foot of the bed, complete with a patchwork quilt folded on top, adds rustic charm as well as storage space. The Old timey tin milk cans make a good floral or craft arrangement holders. Nature paintings and wagon wheels can add character to walls.

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