Americana decor is a style that is casual and appealing to those who enjoy decorating with country, primitive, farmhouse, or rustic home decor. Many times its eclectic mixing these styles together, which is often the case with many country decorating styles you see. Let’s take a look at what makes up Americana decorating and how to bring the look into your home.
Americana Decor – Let’s be Patriotic
When you think about americana decor, the first thing that probably pops into your mind is the colors red, white, and blue. These iconic colors saturate this decorating style. And, for good reason since the American flag is made with these colors. What else is part of this patriotic theme?
The Motifs of Americana Decorating
- Red, white, and blue colors.
- Stars and stripes in various ways.
- Uncle Sam
- Statue of Liberty
- Retro advertising from WWI and WWII
Start with Wall Color
Begin your American decor with neutral wall in beige or tan. These help make your decor stand out. Want a bit more color? Try one focal wall in a dark blue like denim. A wallpaper, stenciled border, or accent wall of shiplap looks great, too.
Main Decorating Items
No matter what decor you’re aiming for, there are always some main decorating items you want to consider. And, Americana decor is no different.
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Floor rugs, such as woven or braided rugs look perfect. Consider your furniture colors. It doesn’t mean you have to have everything red, white, blue, but it might be fun to have a cabinet painted Americana, or the surface of a table. This is where you can get really creative with re-purposing furniture. Use one of the popular chalky finish paints like Americana Decor by Decor Art.
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Pillows, Quilts, and Curtains can really add a lot of coziness to a room. Plus, they are easy to switch out to keep your decor look fresh. Try some cute gingham curtains for a farmhouse look. Other farmhouse decor in reds, whites, and blue brings out both the farmhouse and patriotic theme to the decor. Eyelet curtains or even burlap with a stenciled border look neat, too, depending on your desired degree of rustic.
Using Vintage Items
Consider using an framed old map of the United States and other reproduction or antique artwork. Get creative with printable Americana (Etsy Link) style papers, labels, and clip art. You can use these decoupage boxes, cover antique books, or even decoupage an old table top.
Find baskets, yellow-ware, red-ware, and other antique collectibles or reproductions that compliment the look you’re going for.
Many primitive artists create American decor items. Uncle Sam and Lady Liberty dolls, Flag wreaths, Americana quilts, rustic wall signs (Etsy Links) and far too many to list in one blog post! A few of these handmade creations will be the icing on the cake for your home’s new look. Be sure to check out the Americana section of our shopping directory when shopping for goodies for your home! Or try you hands at one of these handmade creations: 10 Patriotic Craft Tutorials
Americana Etsy Shops
Round paper mache boxes, painted red, white and blue for Independence Day. They have been sanded and stained for a time worn look. A light coat of matte varnish was applied. These boxes measure 8 1/4″ stacked, and 4 – 6″ in diameter.
This adorable make do has so much primitive Americana charm!! It measures 13 in. tall.The stars and crow are made form grunged muslin fabric.There is rusty star wire wrapped around all of the stars as well as rusty safety pins pinned to them.Red,white and blue pip berries are sprouting from one side and the primitive crow and Sweet Annie on the other. Holding this piece up is a grunged bottom of an old candle lamp.
More Shops Selling Primitive Americana:
Bee’in Creative with Mis
Cabinwood Folk Art
Cat Lady Dolls
Countin’ Crows Primitives
Country Cottage’s Hidden Treasures Ltd.
Country Crocks by Susan Burd
Crusty Old Crows
Fife and Drum Paper Company
Flower Patch Blessings
Gainers Creek Crafts
Ginger and Company
Lucy’s Lazy Dayz Primitives
Melt My Heart
Nannie and B’s Crafts
Off The Beaten Path Designs
Primitives at Crow Hollow
Rocky Mountain Wax Works
Sunrise Acres Farm
Tennessee Ridge Primitives
The Old Tattered Flag
The Painted Shelf