Country Chic Style
rustic vintage meets urban flair

Country Chic

Country Style with a Chic interpretation...what does it mean in terms of home decor?

Think of it this way. Take rustic charm, blend it with simple elegance and throw in a measure of urban sophistication.

How does this design style differ from classic country style? You won't see gingham prints, oak furniture, ruffled valances, vast displays of collections and stuffed geese wearing their Sunday best in a Chic home country style.

I also believe that Country Chic does not mean that you take a Shabby Chic interpretation (soft, feminine look) and weave those elements into a country style decor. This style has it's own look and feel, and candles, lace and crystal are not in the mix.

I like the clean lines of this living room. Definitely Casual style with a refined Country Chic look, a bit of iron in the accent pieces and subdued color palette.

You don't see an abundance of collections and over the top displays in this styling.

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See how Better Homes and Garden's contributing editor Stephen Saint-Onge transforms a dated and dark dinette into the cozy Country Chic breakfast nook pictured here.

What you WILL find is a comfortable combination of the following:

  • Antique pieces that are sturdy and functional
  • Comfy and casual upholstery that is right at home with contemporary pieces such as an accent chair or floor lamp
  • A combination of light and dark wood finishes that may include a distressed piece or two. And, wicker always has a place in this Chic Country style decor.
  • Fabrics provide color and are generally soft and muted in shades of blue, green, rose and yellow. Bring in the surprise, though, with a brightly colored accent such as apple red or bright orange.
  • Elements of stainless steel and iron are present, such as a table, chair or lamp base, kitchen appliances, bar stools, and more.
  • Uniquely shaped accent pieces provide sophistication and an element of surprise. These could be flea market retro treasures, reproductions or simply a quirky element that you love, to complete the space.
  • Curves and softness are present in the accent pieces, with elegant candlesticks, cushy area rugs and antique picture frames to name just a few.
  • Window treatments are simple and functional, with a rolled roman shade or a simple cotton panel that softens the space but lets the light flow into the room.
Country Chic Wrought Iron Scree

The use of natural light combined with layers of fabrics and textures creates a casual and comfortable ambiance in your home.

For some, a subtle hint of stainless and urban sophistication is all that is desired, with emphasis on the casual country comfort tempered with a light touch of stylish elegance.

Other interpretations might focus on creating an eclectic and interesting space with a hint of rustic, good measure of urban sophistication and pop of brightly colored accents.

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Select pieces and accents that speak to you and your lifestyle.

That's the beauty of Country Chic is a very personal interpretation of a style that will be expressed uniquely in each home.

Examples of County Chic Styling in the Living Room

Vintage charm with Country Chic


I love this Living Room, particularly the textures found everywhere, from the sisal rug on the floor to the top of the coffee table to the window treatments.

Stylish yet casual, with iron accents and distressed finishes. The sofa lends a slip covered elegance that adds softness to the space.

And, the vintage print on the wall is a quirky, fun addition. Love it.

Soft and muted color palette, this Country Chic Living Room is a study in contrasts.

The high ceilings and massive fireplace are put into proper scale with the iron chandelier and upholstered pieces.

I might add more color in the accents such as sofa pillows and area rug. But that's just me.

Rustic elegance for sure.

Subtle color in this Country Chic Living Room


Country Chic Living Area


Another subtle color palette in this living area.

I like how the dark table and chair bases contrast with the soft colors in the rest of the space.

The use of white adds a modern flair to this casual space. Bring in more color on the walls and accents to create a more casual look.

Where to Shop for Furnishings and Accessories

Where do you find interesting, unique and perhaps vintage pieces for country chic decor?

All of photos of individual pieces shown on this page are from One Kings Lane, a terrific online shopping source that has become a daily stop for me (via email, that is!)

One Kings Lane is unique in that many of the items shown are truly one of a kind. I found the pieces shown here in the Vintage and Market Finds category, which is one they offer on a regular basis.

What treasures will you find? You won't know until you 'travel' to One Kings Lane and have a look. Membership is free and provides access to thousands of products at up to 70% off retail prices.

I'm hooked, and you might be, too! But if you want to find something more than run of the mill home decor, One Kings Lane is a great place to shop!

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