Decorating your home with farmhouse furniture can be trickier than you might think. While many are drawn to the simplicity of rustic furniture, it is still important to consider your style preferences. For example there are distinct differences in style between farmhouse furniture and log cabin furniture. Different furniture stores may have different ideas about what rustic should look like. Let’s take a look at some common mistakes you could make when decorating your home and how to avoid them.
Going overboard with a theme can make your home look more like a museum exhibit than a home. Large amounts of themed patterns and furniture can make a room seem very busy. Mix elements of your own style with a theme in order to create a more relaxed look. For example, that thrift store book shelf that you chalk painted last weekend would look great underneath that window with those navy satin drapes. A little variety can go a long way.
Choosing too many colors can be distracting and make a room feel hectic, especially when those colors are bright or dark colors. Try adding in one or two neutrals into your color scheme, such as beige or taupe, to give the room you’re decorating an open feel. Too many dark colors can make a small room or a room with no windows seem like a cave. Incorporating different pieces of wall art is a great way to add color to your walls and stay within a theme, without incorporating too many busy patterns on furniture and window treatments.
If you choose to use several bright colors, use them as accent colors and paint your walls and trim neutral colors. Adding a stencil or border is a great way to add color to your walls without making them seem overwhelming. Try putting together a color palette of a light neutral a medium tone, and a dark or bright color or two.
Don’t overcrowd a room with furniture. Instead, choose pieces that are the appropriate style and scale for the room that you’re trying to decorate. For example, If you have a small breakfast nook in your house as opposed to a separate dining room, a long farmhouse dining table set might not be appropriate for your house. You might want a simple drop leaf kitchen table instead.
Choose pieces which match the function of your space. If the room you’re decorating will be used for entertaining, some end tables and beautiful tile coasters are great accessories that add detail and function to your space. Rustic armories are not only great for storing china but can be used as a creative storage solution for books and movies.
The opposite is also true. You wouldn’t be doing a dining room justice by putting in a small, round kitchen table. In this case, a farmhouse style dining table set would be a much more elegant option for decorating this space in your home. If you are decorating a large space, breaking up that space by grouping pieces of smaller furniture, such as an arm chair and end table, together can make that space look less intimidating.
Not using a variety of textures is a common mistake that many people make when decorating their home. Use of different fabrics can add depth and personality to a theme. Try 2 or three different types of fabrics. Simple patterns, such as gingham or stripes or solid colors are best for furniture upholstery, while more elaborate patterns, such as florals are more appropriate for window treatments in some cases.
Also, be sure you take into account what the use of that particular textile will be. You wouldn’t want to put denim drapes on your windows, they would be too heavy for most curtain rods to hold. Satin might be more appropriate for drapes than seat cushions, as the fabric could be more easily torn with use. These are some ways to make sure that your home looks beautiful but is still functional.
Decorating your home can be simple and less intimidating by avoiding the mistakes we mentioned above, so whether your style is rustic or modern, you can make your house look beautiful, while still making a comfortable home.