12 Ways to Add Classic Country Charm to Your Home

From folk accessories to painted red finishes, here are 12 classic country decor ideas to mimic in your own home.

By: Brian Patrick Flynn
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Photo By: Rustic White Photography

Photo By: Rustic White Photography

Photo By: Rustic White Photography

Photo By: Rustic White Photography

Photo By: Rustic White Photography

Photo By: Rustic White Photography

Photo By: Rustic White Photography

Photo By: Rustic White Photography

Photo By: Rustic White Photography

Photo By: Rustic White Photography

Photo By: Rustic White Photography

Photo By: Rustic White Photography

Faux Antlers

The entry of this north Georgia mountain house is accented with cast resin moose antlers. When taxidermy isn't the right fit, antlers are an excellent alternative. While many antlers are found after they've molted from an animal, cast resin options are a more animal-friendly alternative.

Barn Red

One of the easiest ways to add a touch of country charm to a space is with accents of barn red. Here, the front door and the trim are painted in a semi-gloss shade that coordinates beautifully with the rustic wood walls.

Weathered Finishes

Add warmth and depth to any room with weathered wooden accents. Just inside the entrance sits a bookshelf in a weathered blue finish. Weathered furniture is a great fit for families with active kids and pets, as wear and tear only add to the intended look.

Display Collections

For a dose of country-chic in your dining room or kitchen, gather an assortment of dinner plates, then display them on the wall with plate hangers. For a monochromatic look, use the same plate in multiples. If you want a unique display, use different shades of the same color to create a gradient effect.

Ferns

Ferns are excellent, country-style alternatives to flowers. If you're not able to care for an indoor fern long term, you can find fern leaves sold as filler in the floral department of most supermarkets. Simply stick the leaves into a vase and use them for decorative purposes. You'll need to change the water every other day to make the leaves last for up to two weeks.

Turn-of-the-Century Touches

Bring a more primitive, hand-forged look to your home with turn-of-the-century accents. The chandelier used above the dining room is made of iron and brings a timeless, classic touch to the home.

Faux Fur

A designer trick for adding rich, warm texture to otherwise flat surfaces is to drape a small faux-fur throw over the backs of chairs. Here, leather dining chairs are given a much more textural, tactile look with the bright, white faux sheepskin.

Folk Art

Country homes are typically laid-back and informal. When choosing country-style art, stick with folk art commonly found in small mountain towns at a fraction of the cost of gallery art.

Farm to Table

Instead of storing fruits and veggies in cabinets or refrigerator drawers, keep them on display on tabletop surfaces. This is a great alternative to cut flowers that require more care.

Eucalyptus

Cut eucalyptus is an excellent choice for adding country-style charm to your tabletop surface. In addition to its casual vibe, it can add a therapeutic, fresh scent to your space.

Hand-Carved Accessories

Just a few hand-carved accessories can pack a space with more of a primitive approach to country-style decor. This trio of candle holders was handmade by local artisans in the north Georgia mountains and brings one-of-a-kind charm to the room.

Old-Time Pottery

Instead of keeping your old-time pottery tucked inside of your kitchen cabinets, use it as a centerpiece at your dining room table. Here, a collection of handmade clay pottery is grouped together to contrast against the otherwise all wooden dining room.

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