HGTV fans and Pinterest aficionados will tell you what’s old is new again. The country chic trend is popping up everywhere from dining room tables to windows to doors. Many DIYers are also mastering the art of making their updated furnishings look “lived in” to achieve the perfect laid-back style.
We’ve compiled our favorite tips for enhancing your space and updating your energy-efficient replacement windows to master this trend.
More Chic Than Shabby
When we say country chic, we’re not talking about the tacky, over-the-top country bumpkin look. Instead, think mason jars, white-washed furniture and vintage shutters on top of your Harrisburg replacement windows.
While a characteristic of country chic is often peeling paint and rough wood, it doesn’t mean things actually have to be worn out. You can age a modern table using a golf club to create divots and use a pickling stain to create an antique look.
You can also pair your country chic pieces with more modern items. Hang vintage lace curtains on your Central PA replacement windows and place antique medicine bottles on the window sill to combine modern comforts with old-time elegance.
Where to Shop
The best country chic pieces look like you just pulled them right out of Grandma’s basement. While you can definitely find great trunks, wrought-iron bed frames, gold mirrors and vintage milk glass on sites like eBay and Etsy, they’ll often come with a high price tag.
Your best bet is to scour flea markets, antique shops and yard sales looking for pieces you can mix-and-match to create your ideal look. Don’t be deterred by stains, peeling or disrepair. If a piece has solid bones, it can easily be cleaned up for your space.
Don’t forget to think outside the box and turn those old beat-up windows into a picture frame, coffee table or chalkboard message center. Explore Pinterest for loads of ideas on how you can repurpose these types of pieces in your space.
When All Else Fails, Paint
Country chic is often characterized by all-white everything. Layer shades of white in your space to achieve the perfect shabby chic look. For a bedroom, consider a white-washed wooden headboard under your Harrisburg replacement window with white sheets and an ivory bedspread. Paint your walls white, but for a bit of character add a board and batten wall treatment.
Modern accessories can also receive a vintage twist with a coat of paint. Consider spray-painting cheap glass vases white to emulate vintage milk glass. You can also fill modern- day mason jars with water and food coloring to make them look like the tinted jars of yesteryear.
Wall color also can make or break your country chic look. Go for neutral tones such as ivory or pastels. Vintage-looking wallpapers are also making a comeback. Opt for florals and faded patterns for your space.
Ultimately, no matter what you choose, the country chic trend allows you to be unique and thrifty — the perfect combination!