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Add Taste and Elegance to Your Modern Country House

Posted by Ana Ryan on

For people who live in the city, their perception of how country people live is often cliched. Country homes move forward with the times as much as city homes, and their interior decoration should reflect this fact. Here are some ways you can add taste and elegance to your modern country house:

1. Avoid Over-Matching

One temptation that country house designs often fall prey to is using the same color of reclaimed wood wall panels and flooring for every surface of the house. This make the interior look boring, and also limits your options in terms of adding new elements to the design unless it matches that specific color of reclaimed wood. Instead, you can mix and match the standard reclaimed wood wall panels with some new options that help give a modern look to your house in addition to providing variety in terms of the decoration.

2. Go for Good Proportions

A country house comes with a different set of dimensions than a city home. The atmosphere surrounding the country house is also markedly different from that of the city. Country houses can give you the opportunity to reclaim the wide open spaces of nature, and this is something your house's design can help accomplish. Make use of the expanded space at your disposal to give the house a huge, airy feel. Avoid using too much of reclaimed wood which make rooms look smaller. An open floor plan and rooms that are connected to each other can present the illusion that a room is much bigger than it actually is.

3. Use Colors which Pop

Away from the city, out in the woods and wilderness, it can be a pretty quiet and slow life in an aging country house. This can give the impression of boredom or even depression to the occupants and guests. To avoid making the house look like an old mausoleum, experiment with bright, primary colors to contrast against the dark hues of the reclaimed wood wall panels. Avoid colors which are too jarring, but bright splashes of color can make the whole house a more cheerful place to live in.  

4. Make Use of Old Artifacts

You know the things that old houses carry with them that new city houses cannot match? Character and a history. Make use of any leftover reclaimed wood or masonry that your country house has to offer and create a piece of decoration that draws the attention of visitors. Use the reclaimed wood to create indoor paneling which has a classy, aged feel to it, and it will exude warmth and character for all to see.

5. Add some Modern Elements as well

At the end of the day, just because your house is in the country does not mean it cannot contain elements of city houses as well. Fit your kitchen and bathroom with the latest plumbing designs. The shiny new taps and faucets will help bring your house out of the past century into the present one, and provide a pleasing contrast to the rest of the layout of the house. Remember, living in the countryside does not necessitate giving up on all the comforts and modern day designs that today's fashion has to offer, and installing the latest kitchen and bathroom utilities also makes your life easier.   

So we see that country home designs don't need to be kitschy or old fashioned. You can explore your inner sense of design just as much in the country as in the city. To get the best deals on quality reclaimed wood for your makeover, head over to RECwood today!

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