St. Patrick’s Day is almost here, so let a little luck inside your home to get ready for spring with Irish country style! The rolling emerald green hills and seaside might not be in your backyard, but you can still bring the quaint, traditional charm of the Irish countryside to your living space with these inspirational design tips straight from the cutaway cliffs of Killarney. Erin go Bragh!
Add farmhouse feel.
Nothing says country style more than farmhouse-inspired decor, so make sure you choose all the right accessories with that touch of barnyard bliss. Farm animal motifs will add homespun charm to your kitchen or dining area while farmyard-inspired accents like baskets, pitchers, trays, and metal buckets will look at home on a table or shelf. For furniture, fabrics with organic textures in neutral shades like cream, beige, and brown and wood with distressed finishes in fresh whites and creams will exude countryside simplicity that will make any room naturally beautiful and reminiscent of a quaint Irish cottage.
Use classic furniture.
Irish homes don’t need to look overdone in order to appear beautiful, so celebrate the simplistic and quintessential design of a few traditional staple pieces to start your room on the right track to Irish country style. A classic brown leather couch or a traditional wooden dining set will feel homey and withstand the test of time, and make your guests feel right at home.
Bring in color.
Don’t forget to go green! Since the country of Ireland is filled with green hills, it only makes sense the Irish love to use this color to decorate in order to symbolize luck, good health, renewal, growth, nature, and harmony. And don’t forget to use other colors too. In defiance of the country’s gray and usually overcast weather, many Irish homes are painted bright colors such as blue, red, and yellow. A red door in Ireland is even said to ward off ghosts and evil spirits! To incorporate color in your Irish country style room, add accent furniture, chairs, and throw pillows to brighten up your space instantly.
Choose traditional patterns.
In your Irish country styled room, antique patterns will definitely incorporate the vintage charm found in many Irish homes today. Vintage-inspired floral wallpaper instead of painted walls in addition to traditional European patterns like damask found on rugs, vases, and accent chairs will add visual interest and sophistication in your home. Celtic knots and crosses, shamrocks, and Irish linen made of flax fiber can also bring in the culture of Ireland on tapestries, napkins, tablecloths, and towels, and will make your living space feel extra lucky!
Cozy up your kitchen.
Last but not least, make sure your kitchen and dining area are a place for family, friends, and guests. A long farmhouse style dining table and a china cabinet filled with antique dishes on display are frequently found in this nation that is all about good times and merriment. So, celebrate the Irish lifestyle and cherish the ones you hold dear with a good meal and an Irish beer!
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