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Best Tips to Get Farmhouse Style in Your Home

Yearning for that vintage style in your home?

Modern decor can look wonderful, but vintage stylings have a timeless feel that is hard to match. 

Want to know the best way to get vintage farmhouse style? Read on and you’ll be living in the 1800s in no time.

Farmhouse style starts in the living room

The living room is the first place most people think of when they think of home.

Therefore it makes sense that you get this right before anything else. 

Using natural textures is a great but simple way to give your living room that rustic feel. 

Materials such as burlap, linen, and wicker are ideal for that throwback flavor.

Pay attention to the colors you use too.

Muted yellows, greens, and blues are perfect. You can also get inventive and make use of repurposed items to great effect.

Try using a vintage peach crate to store your household wares. 

How about spicing up those walls too? Choose a random assortment of vintage pictures – or even board games – to cover up wall space.

Over-dyed rugs work a charm as well, and can make your living room floor a talking point for new guests!

Dinner with a view

Eating dinner needn’t be boring! Cooking up a great meal shouldn’t be either.

Give your kitchen or dining room a bit of personality by emphasizing built-in features.

Try fitting shelves between existing support beams as a cool but handy storage idea. 

A floor-to-ceiling bookcase is also great for drawing attention to exposed wooden beams.

How about dressing your stove hood with copper sheeting, complete with matching straps and rivets? Set the vintage look off with an island butcher-block counter and china cabinets.

You could even take a little of the outside, inside! Try replacing your traditional dining table with a wooden bench and chairs for a garden feel.

A cozy night 

Sleep is underrated – everyone deserves a good night’s rest. 

Simple touches such as an antique wooden bed frame will help you to get cozy in no time. 

The same goes for the seating, too. A wooden chair (a rocking chair, if you can find it) looks awesome in the bedroom. 

Keep the decor simple here by using humble artwork and checked linens for the best results.

And again, muted colors will give your bedroom that cozy feeling – perfect for a good night’s sleep.

A fresh approach

Let’s not forget where we wash and clean ourselves. The bathroom is a sacred space.

Antique washboards are as vintage as you can get – aside from using clothespins to give you that country charm. 

Old record cabinets can be repurposed as quirky storage.

Use an apron-front sink complete with skirting for a fresh take on an old look.

And a bathtub with old-school feet can be still be used with newer fittings for both style and functionality. 

So there you have it – some great ways for you to start sprucing up your home.

Why not give some of these a spin?

Stay tuned for even more home decor tips.

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How to Incorporate Rustic Furniture into Your Home Decor

Just from the words below, you’ll know if this article is for you.

Rustic furniture. Pallet. Rehabbed. Distressed. Antique. HOMEMADE CHALK PAINT.

If you’re still with me, it’s because you’re a lover of all things rustic. There is such a warmth and comfort that comes with rustic decor, but it can be tricky to pull off. It sounds easy, but it’s more than picking an old chair off the curb and giving it a throw pillow.

This article will provide you with the foundation to get started. WARNING: It’s addictive and you may never want to leave your house.

You’ve been warned. Now grab an ice tea in a mason jar and download Pinterest, because we’re going into the farmhouse.

Rustic Furniture Can Make Your House a Home

First-hand experience has taught me that the most dated, ugly piece of furniture can have a second shot of life. As long as it has “good bones” (aka, no press board dressers), you’re ready to get started.

Let’s start with distressing, which is the act of making a piece of furniture look older and worn. Here’s a secret that you should know – it’s not super difficult to distress a piece of furniture. DIY distressed, rustic furniture is fun and completely transformative. In short, with some sanding paper, paint brushes, paint (chalk paint works GREAT), and furniture wax, you can finish a small to medium sized piece in one day.

Color and Finish

Choice of color and paint selection make a serious impact on furniture, especially when distressed. Here are some general color guidelines to keep in mind:

  • Using whites, creams, and greys offer a farmhouse, shabby chic look, and the finished furniture lends itself beautifully to wood floors and accents.
  • Blues and light greens offer a beachy feel.
  • Bright colors such as orange and pink make great choices for kids’ rooms and offices.
  • Matte colors should be chosen over glossy. Most people prefer chalk paint, but experimenting with different paints is part of the fun.
  • Your desired level of distressing will determine how many coats of paint you use.

Once the paint is dry, the fun begins! Professionals may use fancy sanding equipment, but your smaller piece should make it through with just a few medium to high grit sandpaper sheets.

When you sand for the first time, you’re almost guaranteed to feel a little a anxiety. It’s a good rule of thumb to start in the back and get a feel for what you’re doing. Keep in mind that the edges, sides, and around the handles and knobs should be more distressed that the rest of the piece. This makes it look naturally worn.

Decorating with Rustic Furniture

So by now you’ve done your first piece and you’re a total convert. Before you go distressing every piece of wood in your home (and you’ll want to), start thinking about how much you’ll need to change your decor, if at all.

The good news is that rustic furniture is super easy to style. As long as you’re not mixing mid-century end tables and 1980’s wicker furniture with your new distressed vanity, you should be able to start slowly.

Style #1: Natural Country

Country home decorating works beautifully for folks with an inclination towards antiques, cabins, and simplicity. This style incorporates elements such as claw-footed bathtubs, minimal wall art, and natural-fiber rugs for a relaxed, charming feel.

Rustic furniture in this category should stress the rustic part – plain works well here, as do warm shades of brown (very cabinesque).

Style #2: Shabby Chic

Arguably, shabby chic lends itself to more of the feminine side. Elements include light pinks and greens, white ruffles, small details, antique knick-knacks, and a softer feel than the natural country look. Distressed iron beds look fantastic with shabby chic decor, as do fresh flowers and light, airy window treatments.

A word of caution – too much shabby chic can easily start to overwhelm. When mixing elements of this style in with rustic furniture, make note to blend in simple pieces in cream and white.

Style #3: Mountain Man

Here, it helps to think of lumberjacks, beards, suspenders, work boots, and a deer head or two on the wall.

The mountain man look works much better in one room rather than in an entire house. Red plaid comforters, antique mirrors, and faux bear-skin rugs practically beg to be on this list.

The rustic furniture here can be mixed and matched – ornate antique pieces and rustic homemade furniture work well in this element. When decorating, think utilitarian – such as a fishing rod in the corner or a boot rack by the door. Decor should be sparse, maybe a couple old family photos and lamps. Overhead lighting should be avoided in these spaces.

Style 4: Modern-Rustic Hybrid

This rustic minimalism style is fairly common, with the furniture leaning slightly more towards the “designer chalk paint” look rather than truly rustic. Still, it’s a nice option for someone who wants the natural vibe without giving up too much of a modern feel.

Decorating here becomes easy due to theme-friendly items being sold in big box stores, such as hurricane lamps, framed maps for the walls, and a myriad of woven storage baskets. Rustic, oversized entertainment cabinets work beautifully in common living spaces in these homes.

The modern-rustic look works well on a budget, as long as the space is kept tidy and well-lit. The occasional odd trinket works well here – a gold fox statue, a globe, or mismatched picture frames add character and avoid a sterile feel.

Rustic Inspiration

There are numerous magazines, blogs, and Pinterest boards that will help you plan. Keep an open mind and be aware that your rustic furniture and new decor may have a different look than you originally thought – this is part of the fun.

Remember, also, that the charm in this look is its unplanned, time-traveled feel. Working too hard to bring everything together can turn rustic into a mockery of itself, so go with the flow and see where it takes you.

Want more great ideas? Check out Primci for inspiration, shopping, and more!

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How to Stock Your Home with Classic Cabin Furniture 

The classic cabin look remains popular for homes throughout the United States, and it’s easy to see why.

Log cabins have been popular in the United States since the 1600s. You’ll now find similar cabins throughout the country, and people are even incorporating this style into their city apartments.

Cabin furniture can turn a dull space into one that feels like home and shows your personality.

It can be tricky to know which type of furniture to buy to get that rustic, country look. Read on to see the best pieces for your classic cabin home.

Cabin Furniture for All Styles

Just like when you cook, mixing together different styles can create some interesting flavors. If you haven’t yet incorporated any cabin furniture into your home, it’s perfectly fine to start slow.

Many people like to mix modern furniture with cabin style. This can give you a fresh look while you slowly incorporate new cabin furniture as you find it. 

Here are some ways you can add a comfortable rustic style to your home:

A Full-Height Fireplace

There are few things better than a warm fire at home on a winter night. A full-height fireplace is an excellent way to achieve a rustic look while keeping your home comfortable and warm. 

Some options for materials include natural stone, copper, and even stainless steel.

New, Natural Charm

Cork and terracotta aren’t usually the first materials that people turn towards for finishes. But both are popular choices for rustic style. 

These materials add texture and warmth to your home. Terracotta is an excellent choice with a matte finish, and the earthy tones are a natural way to show off your country style. 

Cork has recently become popular on side tables and coffee tables. It can even be used as an accent wall and the material absorbs noise so it’s great for kids rooms. 

Traditional Pieces

When we picture cabin furniture, our minds often go directly to leather furniture and reclaimed wood. There are ways to incorporate these pieces without going overboard, and even just a few traditional pieces can chance the feel of a room.

Consider a reclaimed wood coffee table, which can be an excellent talking point. Add a couple of classic leather armchairs, a linen sofa, and a hide rug. You’ll have the basics of a classic cabin and can then incorporate any pieces that are more modern. 

Wicker and Rattan

Rattan and Wicker furniture will provide you with the perfect, country look. It’s hard-wearing and comes in a variety of shades and styles. 

Choose a wicker or rattan dining room or living room set, and you’ll easily incorporate that country style.

Wooden Beds

Rustic wooden beds look luxurious and you can choose the perfect bed based on the size of your room. One of the best choices is a handmade cedar log bed which you may even pass down to your grandchildren one day.

When choosing wood for your home, check that the color of the furniture matches any exposed wood within your home. It doesn’t need to be an exact match, but it also shouldn’t be too contrasting.

Have you been shopping for cabin furniture recently? What did you buy? Leave a comment below!

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How Farmhouse Bedding Completes Your Rustic Look 

Farmhouse Bedding

You don’t need to be located on a farm or near a barn with animals and chickens roaming free to get a farmhouse bedroom look.

With farmhouse bedding, you can turn your bedroom into a beautiful, relaxed, and comfortable rustic haven.

Excited about this idea?

Here are straightforward tips you can use to give your bedroom a charming rustic finish.

1. Think about the layers

First, the essential layers you need to complete a rustic look include sheets, duvet, duvet cover, bed skirts, and quilt or blanket that you will put at the bottom of your bed.

When selecting your layers, always opt for natural textiles that offer a country feel. Cotton options are the best.

Another important aspect is the texture of your layers, and you might want to play with different textures to create a seamless contrast.

The colors of your layers with largely depend on the overall theme of your bedroom. Let say; you have brown wooden or bricked walls with a wooden bed, white cotton sheets will be a great option to layer the bed.

Cream and apricot are also other great hues if you want a laid-back space.

The color palette of your room should feature neutral tones, earthy brown matched with beige, or a subtle touch of red with black.

The look of quilts simply spells country. Choose a color that is somewhat contrasting to your sheets.

For your duvet, light colors such as grays, tans, whites, and creams are easy to adapt to your existing theme. If you love solid duvets, linens, whites and natural fiber options are ideal for pairing with soft ticking stripe sheets.

2. Consider the right patterns

Farmhouse bedding sets come in various patterns to offer you limitless styling options.

The pattern you choose also depends on your room’s theme. Think about light, printed, floral, plaids, and stripes. These are the familiar yet unique styles for a personalized farmhouse look.

Some people will opt for ticking stripes or options with a grain sack pattern as they offer a truly classic feel.

Try pairing patterns that can go well together such as stripe and floral options.

If selecting a pattern is hard, just keep it simple: white pillows, white comforter, and white sheets. This is an easy yet smart way to complete a rustic bedroom.

3. Farmhouse bedding – Get pillows

For a comfortable farmhouse bedroom, your rustic bed is not complete without pillows.

With pillows, you can have:

  • Four large pillows
  • Two large and two small pillows
  • Or, simply two large pillows

Some great throw pillows to add to your bed include stripes, lace, and solid options of neutral hues.

Try as much as possible to pair the pillows to the rest of the bedding to create a simple yet appealing color palette.

Have a good night sleep

Creating a serene, rustic look for your bedroom with farmhouse bedding depends on how you are going to pair the hues and patterns.

The design of your room and its content matters. Your curtains, lamps, rugs, wall arts and wardrobes should conform to your desired look.

Try adding distressed options to your room, and you will certainly love the vibe.

Rustic rooms always look great with natural light, so make sure those windows are wide enough.

Make your bedroom uniquely yours!