Country Style Gets an Urbane Update
Pledge your allegiance to classic reds, sliding doors and rustic siding to bring an air of country to your modern home
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Crisp white board and batten. Hooks marching peg by peg around the living room. Rustic, robust red cabinets. Sliding panels of wood on giant rails. These are some of the telltale markings that your home might be going country. Whether you are a George Strait fan or a Taylor Swift wannabe, chances are that country style might be coming to your home in the very near future. Keep reading to find out more about how the colors and stylings of classic barns and farmhouses are back in homes today.
Country barns were traditionally painted red, a custom that began because the ingredients for red-hued natural paint were readily accessible. The main ingredient likely was red iron oxide.
Interested in more about the history of barn red and farmhouse white? Visit GRIT to learn more.
Help the classic look go modern by painting sleek lined cabinets barn red. Rustic open shelving up top adds a contrast that speaks to country inspiration.
Another classic pairing in country design is crisp white with the traditional barn red. Adding a bit of rustic wood into the mix gives a hint of country without being literal in the interpretation.
The idea of using white in a country home is a somewhat modern idea. The first country homes used no paint at all because it was too expensive. However, as soon as they could afford it, many homeowners purchased white paint to reflect heat, differentiate the farmhouse from the barn and show off the wealth of the inhabitants.
This modern country-style home is an interesting take on a classic style.
If you prefer to hark back to a time when woods were left bare, an updated rustic country house might be the way to go. The combination of unpainted wood amid a vast sea of forest is a classic look that says country without the twang.
A rendition of classic wood tones gets a modern twist. This home utilizes traditional rooflines but is arranged in a unique configuration, creating a true modern-country hybrid.
Perhaps your nod to the classic barn is a sliding barn door set on authentic rails. These doors fit into many styles, from the eclectic modern of this room to a more Zen-like approach.
For a DIY tutorial on making barn doors in a modern home, check out Styleberry.
Whether through classic color combinations, hardware or rustic wood accents, bringing a little country into your space is a way to pay homage to our ancestors and add a little humor to stuffy traditional spaces.
Ideabook published on Feb. 28, 2012.
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