If you've flipped through a decorating magazine or watched a home decor show lately, you've noted that French Country is the latest decorating craze.
What is French Country Decor?
French Country emulates the style you might find in a cottage in rural France. Popular elements include rooster motifs, wrought iron furnishings sporting elegant, whimsical curves, and plastered-surface walls washed in butter-yellow paint. The sleekness of a primitive farm table, for instance, could be softened up with a curvy iron chandelier. Rough, exposed ceiling beams and aged terra cotta or brick tiles on the floor complete the look.
A home filled with genuine French furnishings and accessories would be beautiful, but incompatible with modest household budgets. Instead, here a few ways to bring a little more Provence into your home without spending a fortune.
Place an inexpensive, wrought iron bench in the foyer decorated with romantic throw pillows. (To age a new iron piece, you can purchase spray-on rust treatments at home improvement stores.)
Wallpaper a dining room (from the chair rail up) with a classic design, like black and white toile.
Add lace panel curtains on windows where absolute cover for privacy is not required.
Paint with French hues like mustard, celadon, salmon pink or cornflower blue.
Add inexpensive accessories, such as a black iron wall planter in the bathroom to hold hand towels.
Whitewash old ladderback chairs.
Paint cabinets and rag over them with a glaze. This works nicely with a base coat of cream paint, brushed over lightly with a mocha-brown glaze.
Suspend a pot rack from the kitchen ceiling to hang pots and pans, especially if they're copper.
Before modern industrial publishing, the first books were stored in cupboards or in stacked on tables. With the evolution of the modern book that includes writing on the spine, the desire to display books and better store favorite titles became necessary. While bookcases have come a long way since the first days of publishing, the bookcase still communicates importance and durability. There's no better way to show off your favorite books mementos while creating a great focal point in your home or office than with one of our many bookcases.
Step 1: Decide where your bookcase will be situated
Choosing a spot for your bookcase is the first step in determining the right piece to fit in your home, and will establish what type of bookcase will best suit your needs. Make sure to measure not only the height and width of your wall space, but also the maximum depth available; this way the bookcase will not block foot traffic if it is situated near a doorway or common area. We offer a number of different types of bookcases compatible with your space: Standard - Made in a number of different heights and widths, standard bookcases sit flat against the wall and usually feature adjustable shelving deep enough to hold standard-depth books. Corner ? These space-saving bookcases are triangular in structure and may feature rounded shelves. While they do not hold as many books as a standard case, they are perfect for mementos and knick-knacks in your kitchen, bedroom, or office. Barrister ? Made popular by legal and government offices, these bookshelves are usually stackable to add more space as needed and also feature both clear doors that easily flip up and slide back out of sight when access is needed. Designed to fit both books and binders, these are classic style and high function all in one. Bookcase Walls ? Simulate a built-in and create a large storage area for not only books but for multimedia equipment and display items as well. While many of these wall units have components that also stand alone, a large area is needed to assemble the entire unit, giving it a built-in feel and a library atmosphere. Bookcase Headboards ? Perfect for the bedroom, these bookcases are designed to sit against the wall and feature the perfect height to also double as a headboard for your bed. Many of these feature sliding doors to tuck away books and other items needed when you are lounging in bed. Children's Bookcases ? Made of durable materials and shorter heights, these bookcases are especially designed for a nursery or playroom. Featuring bright finishes or mobile options, these bookcases engage children and help foster their interest in reading.
Step 2: Determine the bookcase features you need
Establishing the specific design features you require will help you to narrow down your bookcase search. Decide what kinds of items you are storing, and look for the features you need:
Adjustable shelves or doors to maximize display or storage options
Stackable or cube bookcases create a modular, customized design and sleek effect.
Metal, wood, and combination bookcases anchor the piece to the room.
Finishes available in light wood, dark wood, black, white, or custom colors create the perfect atmosphere and complement your other furniture.
Step 3: Choose the perfect bookcase style
We offer bookcases in a wide variety of designs and materials which you can mix and match to fit your home or office's unique d
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