Why Do we Choose a Country Style Anyway?

October 6th, 2015 Fall Decor

Remember that scene from the 1986 comedy classic “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off,” when we first see the home of Ferris’ friend Cameron? “The place is like a museum,” Ferris tells us. “It’s very beautiful and very cold, and you’re not allowed to touch anything.”

That scene may be a near-perfect explanation of the enduring popularity of country home décor. Most everyone wants to live in a beautiful house, of course. But no matter how lovely a home may be, it isn’t easy to feel truly relaxed when you’re too nervous to touch anything in the living room, or too afraid to stretch out on the couch in the family room.

Thankfully, country décor today encompasses so much more than the sort of cute farm animal themes that you might find at the neighborhood craft fair. Keep reading to learn about a few of the most popular on-trend country décor styles today, along with actionable ideas that can help you bring the looks to life in your own home.

Shabby Chic

12647The popular and well-known shabby chic look is perfect for all of you antique collectors out there, or those of you going for a relaxed cottage vibe. Think unrestored, turn of the century antiques and distressed and faux finishes. An easy, soft color palette completes the look. A popular look amongst DIY enthusiasts and craft fanatics, shabby chic is the perfect country décor for those who are creative and may be on a budget. Here are a few pieces from the Piper Classics catalog that we feel exemplify the shabby chic style.

Our Aged Bottle Collection is an ideal way to add a touch of antique, vintage style to your home, regardless of whether you choose to display the collection in your kitchen, library, or elsewhere. The five bottles are distressed to resemble finds that may have been discovered during an excavation dig; they range in size from 3 1/4″ to 8 1/4″ in height.

The Aged Cream Wall Clock features a distressed square face with a vintage wooden frame. This is the exactly the sort of clock an antique hunter might expect to find in an abandoned Midwestern farmhouse, for instance. It runs on one AA battery (not included) and measures 26 1/2″Sq x 2 1/2″D.

Our Elysee Quilted Bedding features a classics fleur de lis print with shades of cream and blue. The collection, which includes a quilt, bed skirt, pillow shams, accent pillows and pillow cases, is hand quilted and made of 100% cotton shell and fill. If you’re looking to add a vintage European feel to your shabby chic home décor, the Elysee collection is an ideal choice.

Rustic Villa or Farmhouse

12414Drawing on notes from classic rural Americana, the rustic villa or farmhouse look works especially well in older homes with lots of original woodworking detail. This look is a great way to showcase various old signs and posters from your travels, and again, it works great for those on a budget: You can easily incorporate thrift store finds in your décor, from old glass milk jugs to antique kitchen gadgets.

Can you think of an accessory more indicative of the Rustic Farmhouse look than our Barnyard Pitcher. This 8″ x 7.25″ antique reproduction looks especially lovely when filled with seasonal flowers or greens, and can be displayed anywhere from the home itself to the front porch.

We’re absolutely in love with our aged and rustic “Milk & Cream Wood Wall Sign, a Mid-Century remnant that might have been displayed inside a general store some 50 or 60 years ago. This 31.5″ wide by 19.5″ high sign will work perfectly as the signature piece for your home’s farmhouse décor.

Looking for a slightly more subtle signature piece for your home’s rustic villa or farmhouse collection? Look no further than our distressed Mirrored Window, a window pane mirror with a creamy finish. Whether hung on a wall or propped up on a low-sitting bookshelf, this 37″ x 19.5″ piece will lend your home a rustic and timelessly classy appeal.

French Countryside

14535This look combines classic country décor with a slightly more sophisticated flair. Fresh flowers, herbs, and other accents from the garden, casually arranged in tin pitchers or Mason jars, are a must. This look is great for those with a love of—or flair for—fabrics, pillows and other woven textiles. It’s also a great way to make your more modern furnishings look like they belong.

Featuring a jute rope for hanging and a distressed black finish, our Blackboard Wall Organizer is perfect for the busy family that likes to accomplish tasks in classic Francophone style. The board itself measures 17″H x 17 3/4″W x 2″ D, and has three pockets for organizing mail or notes, or even for displaying faux flowers.

We love the versatile Woven Cream Throw for a number of reasons, not least of which is the fact that it works so well with any number of different country décor styles. This 100% cotton, 50″ x 60″ throw is surprisingly warm and incredibly comfortable. Draped over the arm of your couch, it makes an ideal accent piece for a home’s French countryside style.

Our 20″ square Margaux Damask/Geo Reversible Pillow features a classic damask design on one side, and a geometric design on the other. This is a truly regal accent pillow that hints at the timeless beauty of French style. For even more options, shop the other throw pillows in our Francesca Margaux collection.