Country Decorating for the Budget Household

While we do seem to be in something of a modern age, where the majority of homes are attempting to pull off that contemporary style that is posted all over the deco magazines, there are some people who just can’t resist sticking with the traditional feel. Even if you don't live in a barn conversion, or something similarly rustic, country decorating is still in fashion and it doesn't have to cost you an arm and a leg to pull off.

As you've probably guessed from the title of this guide, we're now going to take a look at several ways you can turn to country decorating on a budget. Fortunately, it's not quite as difficult as you may think...

Country decorating starts with the walls

A lot of real estate agents might be telling you to invest in neutral colours - as these are the shades that currently attract buyers. However, we're going to assume that you're not looking to flog your home at the nearest opportunity, but create a traditional, homely style that you just can't wait to step back inside to.

All of the above starts with the walls and fortunately, this is both one of the most effective and cheapest ways to pull off country decorating. Greens, maroons, butter yellow and even sand shades are all advisable and will immediately convert the most contemporary dwelling in the world into one that is completely traditional.

The floors deserve attention as well

This next tip isn't quite as cheap as the previous one, but the effect can be equally as effective. If your finances allow, attempt to cover your floor in a hardwood or laminate - with both of these long associated with the country feel. If you do opt for the latter, at least try and find a dark laminate as if you go too light the appearance can look too contemporary.

If your budget isn't extravagant enough to cover an overhaul of your floor, turn to a rustic rug to mask the appearance. Again, the colour scheme is essential and if you can stick to the suggestions we made in the wall section, you'll be well covered.

Stick to an unsymmetrical appearance with the furniture

Contemporary houses are all based on a minimalistic look, and keeping everything as "even" as possible. The country style on the other hand goes completely against this, meaning that you should look to deck your house with mismatched furniture that's completely all over the place. Anything rugged and second hand will usually suffice, with wood being the material of choice.

The main finishing touches: accessories

A country house isn't complete without the appropriate accessories. Fortunately, these are probably the easiest things to get hold of and whether its table cloths, place mats or even lamp shades, most country decorating establishments will stock them. They are the ultimate finishing touch, so ensure that you save enough pennies at the end of your project to cover such items.
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