If you’re in your early 20s, you may have missed one of the strangest DIY home decor movements of recent memory. When the pastel geometrics and paint strokes of the 80s started to fade, they gave way to young moms and dads purchasing 90s style homes full of shelving cut outs built into high walls supporting popcorn ceilings; homes complete with pleasant blue-grey carpet and white tile, a backdrop perfect for paint stenciling and the precursor of shabby-chic: Country Clutter.
Country Clutter was that strange ugly duckling that everyone seemed to embrace because everyone could do it themselves – despite stores popping up schlepping little figurines made of jig-sawed, hand painted wood, twisted wire, and thread spools – and before the era of Pinterest, this was the epitome of at-home decor creativity.
Shabby Chic took over from there, and thankfully the stenciled murals and crazy mix-matching of patterns has ebbed. However, the country vibe is returning, thanks in part to country music becoming much more mainstream. Today’s country is all about softness: free flowing fabrics, blushing florals, hints of leather and metallics, some fringe, and a fresh, youthful vibe.
This new country style can be adapted for home in a sophisticated yet relaxed manner. How can you tell if this style is for you? Read our guide below:
1. You own a pair of western boots, with or without bling.
2. You knew who Blake Shelton was before he was on The Voice, or listened to Tailor Swift before 1989.
3. The rustic cabin look is too harsh (or backwoods) for you, but you can’t live without your pastels.
4. While you like country, there isn’t a stitch of camo print in your closet.
5. Buckle, Francesca’s, and Charming Charlie’s are your mall destinations of choice.
6. Someone once said, just because one ruffle is good doesn’t mean 10 ruffles is better. You, however, love ruffles, and think the more, the merrier.
7. You are perfectly okay with mixing and matching furniture styles in the same room.
8. If you lived through the era, you still have your early 2000’s low slung, boot cut jeans hanging around in the back of your closet.
9. Burlap is your BFF.
10. Your wedding – real or imagined – was in a barn.
This style is for everyone, even if you don’t meet any of the criteria above. Remember, have fun with your decor, and make your home a place you are happy to come home to.