Tim Tanner is a graphic designer, artist, and freelance illustrator. He currently teaches art and design at Brigham Young University, Idaho. He's been involved in home restoration and reproduction using reclaimed materials for more than thirty years. He lives in Teton Valley, Idaho.
Tim Tanner restored his first ca s home in , and has been involved in restoration and reproduction projects using reclaimed materials ever since then. Early American Country Interiors. Tim Tanner. To create the proper mood paint the walls in a creamy magnolia white. Wainscoting is a touch that also lends credibility to the English country illusion. If neutral paint is not your cup of tea consider a subtle cabbage rose floral or delicately striped wallpaper in deep mauve, green, yellow and periwinkle blue--hues which are reminiscent of an English country garden.
Overstuffed upholstered furniture looks lovely in formal chintz or more relaxed in rumpled linen slipcovers. Other appropriate fabrics include tweed, cashmere, chenille and cotton. Incorporate patterned florals, paisleys, damasks and ginghams. Window treatments often consist of decorative lace or lined curtain panels to keep the chill out.
Vintage estate sale finds work brilliantly with family heirlooms. Show off those cherished collectibles in edited collections on trays, tables, hutches and bookcases throughout the house. Oil paintings of still life and scenes of the English countryside are the obvious choice to adorn the walls. The origin of farmhouse country springs from preth century rural life that includes beadboard paneling, clapboard siding, wrap-around porches and white picket fences.
The floorplan of original farmhouses consisted of communal rooms in the front with the kitchen and bedrooms housed in the back or upstairs. It thrives on simplicity and DIY spirit. Flea markets, tag sales and thrift store finds play right into the upcycling and renovation component of this humble design approach. Farmhouse country is versatile making it easy to incorporate bits from other styles. Worn finishes and quilts add a rustic twist.
Throw in a crystal chandelier for a dose of whimsy. Metal and wood furniture pieces can take things in a decidedly industrial direction. Intersperse white painted furniture with aged wood finishes and calming neutrals into the overall design. Use light blues, greens and buttery yellows for subtle contrast.
Open shelving, butcherblock countertops and an apron sink create the heart of the classic farmhouse home. Romance is the key ingredient in French country style.
Bright white or color-washed walls in subtle hues, such as swiss cream, pale blue or buttery yellow contrast against a rough pine floor to create the ideal backdrop for delicate unbleached muslin curtain panels and crumpled soft gray velvet upholstery. Typical of French country, other local textiles are fashioned into bed linens, decorative pillows and throws. Quilted coverlets in saturated red, yellow or blue floral toile de jouy, buffalo check bedskirts and rooster throw pillows reinforce the theme of French pastoral life.
Scandinavian country style borrows from Sweden, Denmark, Finland and Norway. Recognized for understated design the use of subtle color and painted decorative detail is a celebration of the unspoiled and hospitable land of its origin. Winters in Scandinavian countries are long and cold, which is why Scandinavian country design capitalizes on light color and finishes. In fact most of the wood furniture is left in its natural state or painted white. In a nutshell Scandinavian country style consists of muted pastel colors, tons of white and cream, painted furniture, clean design and simple lighting.
The style might be considered rather austere when compared with other country styles. While it's style is not highly ornamental it features slender, leggy furniture and large mirrors to reflect light around the space.
Bleached floorboards, wall stenciling and hand painted decoration are used extensively. Short of the occasional delicate floral print gingham is the most popular pattern seen in textiles and upholstery. Natural fabrics such as raw silk, linen and cotton are favored upholstery materials. Tuscan country style is a passionate mixture of texture and color. Etruscan character is rustic and imbued with tactile surfaces and natural elements. Rough plastered walls washed in sun-drenched hues and rugged flooring of stone, terracotta or wood planks take their cues from the warm and sunny Mediterranean climate.
Keep furnishings and accessories to a minimum. Tuscan country is a very prudent style.
Rooms are fairly sparse and limited to essential furniture pieces. Furnish a Tuscan country dining room with an antique trestle table, a mix of wood and rush chairs along with a weathered storage hutch. Simple accessories like pastoral artwork, Italian pottery, olive baskets and candles add authentic flavor to Tuscan country rooms. Sign in or sign up and post using a HubPages Network account. Comments are not for promoting your articles or other sites.
I have never really thought about the different country styles. Thanks for the education, and great job picking out such beautiful photos. Liz, there are a few similar elements that flow through these country styles but each one has their own distinctive style.
Just like the floral fabrics that create the iconic English country decor. This gives a really interesting comparison of country styles. I would definitely associate floral with English country style. Enjoyed this overview of these country styles. It's difficult to pick a favorite but in the end the Scandinavian country style really is my choice.
The simplicity lets a person breathe, the light colors lift spirits throughout the year, brightening in winter while cooling in summer, and the style is gorgeous with seasonal holiday decorations. Other product and company names shown may be trademarks of their respective owners. HubPages and Hubbers authors may earn revenue on this page based on affiliate relationships and advertisements with partners including Amazon, Google, and others. HubPages Inc, a part of Maven Inc. As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, dengarden.
Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so. Linda Chechar more. Contemporary Country Country style is often mistaken for nostalgic memories of lacy curtains, oak furniture, blue and white gingham and an abundance of apples and geese. Early American Country Early American country style harkens back to the beginnings of the republic.
English Country Conjure up a thatched Cotswold cottage which is the essence of English country style. Farmhouse Country The origin of farmhouse country springs from preth century rural life that includes beadboard paneling, clapboard siding, wrap-around porches and white picket fences.