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Country Style Make-over: Modern Country for the Dining Room

Friday, May 7th, 2010

Modern country is like shabby chic but with the focus on mixing vintage country pieces with modern or contemporary design components. Essential traditional decorative elements are reused, reinvented and revitalized for a style that can be individualized in such a way that it is truly unique. In the third part of this series, we will look at how to give a dining room a modern country make-over.

Step #1 – Color

Choose one wall for the accent color. Start with one of these earth-toned shades by Benjamin Moore and pair it with this lush accent color. Classic country shades such a lemon and sunshine yellows, spring greens and soft blues that imitate the color of spring skies are pumped up and given a contemporary boost.

Step #2 – The Dining Set

 Modern country style dining furniture possesses flowing but sleek lines; decorative detail that’s been contained and refined; and organic elements used in surprising ways. For every rustic element, counter-balance it with contemporary or modern design principles – an unfinished pine tabletop with brushed steel door handles; leather or microfiber side chairs with wood table that has a classic two-toned finish, one dark, the other whitewashed. To create this particular look, take the Hillsdale Embassy Cherry Top Pedestal Table and pair it with the more contemporary styled Homelegance Europa Dark Brown Parson Chair.

 Step #3 – The Focal Point

Place the Lifestyle California Crestline Buffet and Hutch against the accent wall to create a focal point. This transitional flavored hutch brings a breath of contemporary into the mix to give this dining room its modern country look.

Step #4 – Mix and Match Assessories

Modern country is all about mixing classic country furniture pieces, nubby fabrics like wool and other organic elements like woven cane backrests with modern and contemporary accents. Vintage lamps with neutral colored silk shades; ultrasuede upholstered side chairs placed on top of an area rug woven of natural materials like jute or a chandelier that at first glance appears as if its traditional country but it’s made of a contemporary material like polished nickel are just a few of the different ways you can get a modern country look that will perfectly express your personality and lifestyle.

Country Style Makeover: Modern Country for the Living Room

Friday, April 30th, 2010

Country is a popular style for many reasons but mostly because it is often equated with hearth, home and a more relaxed way of life. Modern country keeps the warmth and charm of country style but infuses it with modern design sensibilities and an adaptable contemporary flair. If you would like the opportunity to express your “down home” side along with your taste for the urbane, modern country is the ideal interior design style for you.

Modern Country Living Room Paint Color

Because it is greatly influenced by modern design, a modern country palette is predominately neutral. But it can go bold too, taking country style yellows, greens and pinks and turning them neon. For today’s living room design, let’s take the bold route, using one of four shades from Benjamin Moore.

Modern country Living Room Furniture

There are moldings, mullions, framed doors, the occasional scalloped apron and even one or two stenciled floral themes. But for the most part modern country living room furniture possesses a chic and sophisticated look created by the spare use of decorative detail, clean lines and the reinvention of traditional country elements into a contemporary language that is chic yet versatile.

For sofas, armchairs and occasional chairs, choose pieces with oversized seating areas wherever possible. When selecting a sofa, the classic country style rolled arms are fine but skip the fussy floral prints. Stick to soothing neutrals or earth tones. Leather is always a good choice.

Wood no longer rules when it comes to other living room furnishings like coffee tables, end tables or accent pieces. While traditional country uses rustic metal finishes, modern country is not shy about going trendy and high gloss. Glass and metal console tables or glass and wood coffee tables with highly polished metal accents are viable alternatives to wood tables in a modern country living room.

The key to designing a modern country living room is to keep furniture profiles simple and fabrics neutral –toned with splashes of color. Patterned fabrics and patterned area rugs should be almost minimalist, but still retain that touch of rustic charm that makes traditional country so appealing. If you have rustic elements in the living room like a brick fireplace or an exposed beam ceiling, make the most of them by pairing them with furniture that has ultra-sleek contemporary lines. Creating a living room with modern country appeal can be as simple as taking a modern coffee table or console table that has spare lines with a comfy, oversized sofa with a pillow back and rolled arms.

Country Style Makeover – Modern Country for the Bedroom

Friday, April 23rd, 2010

Modern country is an interior design trend that starts with country but replaces some of the essential traditional elements with modern style fundamentals. The result is a country sub style that simple yet stunning, possessing a confident sophistication that is easily adaptable to any home, whether it’s an apartment or a mansion. Modern country takes advantage of worlds, mixing the cool neutral modern palette with classic country shades, but reinventing tones and shades to reveal fresh colors with new intensities.

A Modern Country Palette

Start with a cool but soft neutral color, like mystic beige or alphano beige (colors shown here from Benjamin Moore). Pick one wall for an accent color such as fuchsine that is bold. Choose bedding, accessories, window treatments or an area rug to match or complement the accent color you have selected.

Modern Country Furniture

Modern country style furniture profiles are sleeker than traditional country furnishings. Furnishings that have a Shaker or Mission look like the Tradewins Mission Slat Bed are ideal candidates for a modern country bedroom. Rather than the whimsical appeal that can largely be attributed to classic country decorative elements such as stenciling, washed painted or distressed finishes, carved finials or panels, modern country possesses sophisticated yet tranquil appearance.

Another option when choosing bedroom furniture for your modern country bedroom is a more contemporary looking platform bed or a sleigh bed, but dress it in traditional country bedding with ruffled shams and a bed skirt. The Fashion Bed Group Cooper Panel Bed is a perfect example of how a contemporary bed can be incorporated into a modern country bedroom interior design. Routed detailing and the wainscoted appearance of the headboard and footboard a definitive country style characteristics, but the clean lines and simple profiles are very contemporary or even modern.

Modern Country Decorating Ideas

While modern country utilizes a combination of traditional country and modern decorative elements and design principles, the emphasis is on practicality and simplicity. For a traditional touch of country in a modern country bedroom select bedding with a patchwork look like the Southern Textiles Paramount Monarch 11-Piece Queen Bedding Set.

The timeworn feel of traditional country furniture is reinterpreted in a modern country bedroom. Frills are restrained; carved elements are kept to a minimum; colors are bolder and richer. Floral themes are still welcome, but with a contemporary vibe that keeps fabrics from becoming too cottage country cute.