December, 2016

What Will Country Decor Look Like in 2017?

December 29th, 2016 Country Decor, New Home Decor

None of us can see into the future, but that’s never stopped people from making predictions. As each year ends, we look ahead to the next one and issue forecasts: This movie will be huge. This sports team will triumph. This celebrity couple will break up.

The world of home décor is no exception. As 2016 ended, design experts started looking ahead to the new year. Let’s look at some of 2017’s top home decorating trends, and how they connect to country décor.

THE COLOR OF 2017

Each year, the color experts at Benjamin Moore choose a color of the year. Last year it was “Simply White.” This year, they’ve veered in the opposite decoration, naming “Shadow” as the color of 2017.

Although the name suggests a total absence of light, the Los Angeles Times says Shadow is a “deep, dark purplish hue,” like an eggplant.

How does this relate to country décor? Because it’s a style that embraces more muted colors: mustard yellow, mossy green and dark reds and purples. The LA Times describes Shadow as an “opulent” color, but by using it as a backdrop to your country décor, it can become something understated.

THE CASE AGAINST THE COLOR OF 2017

As we were researching this article, we came across a Washington Post story that argued against choosing a color of the year.

“If you think the whole idea of yearly paint trends is a bit ridiculous, you’re not alone,” writers the Post’s Megan Buerger. “For a more understated and low-maintenance palette, consider historical paint lines. There, you’ll find colors that have truly stood the test of time.”

Historic colors are those that reflect Colonial America, and – as Buerger notes – some companies take this distinction very seriously, studying historical records, paint samples and old building fragments to capture the appropriate color.

Whatever the outcome, the result is the same: historic colors and country décor are a perfect match. They both connect your home to the past and give it extra character. As Sherwin-Williams’ Sue Wadden told the Post, “It’s the anti-McMansion approach.”

REPURPOSED PIECES

When Houstonia magazine asked interior designer Marie Flanagan for her 2017 décor trends, one of the things she chose was repurposed pieces.

In her case, that meant admiring a company that makes its furniture from fallen trees, and turns rugs into ottomans. Reusing and recycling old materials is certainly a noble pursuit, and completely in keeping with the county décor mindset.

We’re big proponents of repurposing, whether it means taking an old watering can and using it as a vase or turning a flea market find into a work of art.

VINYL FLOORCLOTHS

Here’s a décor trend that we’re proud to say we saw coming. As we said back in October, vintage vinyl floorcloths are all the rage these days, with homeowners seeing them as sturdy, easy-to-clean alternative to area rugs.

Floorcloths have their roots in Colonial America, and were essentially the go-to floor covering in the days before linoleum. Not only were they easy to keep clean, they were often featured intricate patterns, bright colors and country motifs.

“They’re perfect for anyplace you need something low profile but highly durable — in an entryway, around an island, beneath an eating area, a laundry room, or even a playroom,” says designer Lia Papasimakis Fraccaro, speaking to Pennsylvania’s Morning Call newspaper. “Their non-slip surface makes them great for outdoor use, as well.”

Like we said at the start, none of us can predict the future 100 percent. Consider these trends suggestions, not absolutes. In the end, we always come back to the same decorating ideal when it comes to country décor: Choose whatever makes your home feel like home.

How to Prepare For Out of Town Guests

We like to think we’ve gotten pretty good at giving our readers advice on decorating their homes using country decor and on entertaining guests.

But one area that we haven’t really touched on is the nuts and bolts of preparing for guests, especially ones who’ll be staying for more than just a few hours. With that in mind, we scoured the best resources for hospitality and entertaining for some guidance on preparing for out of town guests, and came away with these tips: Continue Reading

How To Create A Stress Free Seating Arrangment

December 8th, 2016 Country Entertaining

“No politics, no religion.”

It’s a hard-and-fast rule of keeping the peace at family gatherings. But even if you stick to this decree, there’s no way to ensure that there won’t be conflict when everyone sits down to eat.

That doesn’t mean you’re helpless. When we were putting together our Holiday Guide for this year, we were pleased to come across an article in Real Simple that suggested seating people according to their personalities. Try it this year and see if it leads you to a lively-yet-civil gathering. Continue Reading

What’s the Deal With Mistletoe? The Origins of Christmas Traditions

We love history here at Piper Classics, and have enjoyed using this blog to discuss everything from presidential homes to the American tradition of quilt making.

But somehow, even though we’ve explored the origins of Easter, Halloween and the Fourth of July we’ve never taken a good look at the history of the king of the holiday mountain: Christmas.

Where did Christmas caroling come from? Why do we kiss under the mistletoe? Who was St. Nicholas? Read on to discover the origins of some of our most cherished holiday traditions. Continue Reading