If you are looking for a decorating theme that is both welcoming and comforting, look no further than Americana style. Americana style is fresh and rustic at the same time, and it never goes out of style. And the best part about Americana decorating is how easy it is to find furnishings and accessories to transform your home into a warm and inviting living space.
Get patriotic at the furniture store
When you visit your local furniture store, avoid purchasing sets of furniture in one color. Instead, mix and match furniture. For instance, choose a sofa in a tan or camel color. Look for accent chairs in burgundy or navy-blue shades. Printed fabrics also work well. Look for recliners and chairs upholstered in checks or small prints such as stars.
When choosing dining room furniture, look for farmer's style tables and chairs. Light wood shades like oak work well with Americana decorating. Select spindle-style beds to bring Americana into your bedroom. Look for lamps with chunky bases made of wood or metal. Braided rugs in subtle shades of red, tan, and blue are perfect partners with an Americana theme.
Don't be afraid of red
Red is often feared in home decorating, because when used incorrectly it can be overpowering. However, red is passionate and energizing. It will provide the pop of color to bring a room to life. Red brings to mind country images of old barns and ripe berries, and it plays nice with other colors all through the house.
Imagine how dramatic barn-red cabinets will look with gray walls in a kitchen or bathroom. The same is true for an accent shelf, a small writing desk, or picture frame. A red-checked tablecloth is the perfect patriotic touch for the dining room table. You can also use a beige tablecloth with burgundy-red place mats and napkins.
Fall in love with flea markets
Flea markets are filled with treasures for your Americana-themed home. Look for old crocks to decorate shelves throughout your home. Crocks can also double as flower vases and provide storage for kitchen utensils. Other good accent pieces include sponge ware, Depression glass items, and antique metal signs in red, white, and blue.
Don't overlook old window panes, shutters, and wagon wheels, which make great wall hangings. Old clocks, lanterns, and metal stars make charming accent pieces all through the house. Tin-punched candle sconces can hold red, white, or blue taper candles and will add the perfect finishing touch when placed next to a fireplace mantel or picture frame.
When you are ready to transform your living space into a patriotic paradise, remember that Americana style is more than just a decorating theme. It's about red, white, blue, and you. Choose the things that appeal to you, and don't be afraid to experiment with color. Americana style is about making your home comfortable for you and the ones you love.Share