Soft, cheerful colours. Shocking bright and drab neutrals feel out of place in country-style rooms. Instead, choose gentler hues that feel cozy and upbeat: barn red, straw yellow, sage green, dusky periwinkle. Avoid outdated combinations such as mauve and Wedgwood blue, and lighten up the look with plenty of white, cream, and ivory—always classic and crisp.
Handwoven and handmade textiles. Quilts, rag rugs, and other handcrafted textiles have always been integral to country style. Modernize the look by sticking to fresh colour schemes and graphic patterns. A traditional patchwork quilt can make a striking addition to a very clean, simple country space; just be sure it doesn’t feel overly busy.
Distressed finishes. Country style whispers of years of wear and use. Blend lightly blemished woods, painted surfaces, and metals to lend an air of history and antiquity.
Classic, comfortable furnishings. By and large, furnishings in country style have familiar profiles and comfy silhouettes: Windsor and ladderback chairs, slipcovered loveseats and settees, iron and spooled-wood bedsteads. The pieces you choose should feel warm and welcoming, as though guests can sink in and put up their feet.
Simple accents. Keep accessories uncomplicated and unfussy. Pottery, cream ware, ironstone and other dishware feel on point, as do graphic baskets (not too many) and seagrass or sisal rugs. Other good bets include wildflowers massed in a pitcher, a work of folk art hanging on the wall, and an antiqued mirror or two.