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.
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.
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.