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Add some birch at an affordable price!

Wood is often seen as an easy way to add some “warmth” to a room… and it’s true: Whatever the style, your décor can be enhanced by adding a touch of wood for a warmer look. Keep in mind that birch is a very special type of tree. This increasingly trendy interior design item works brilliantly with any décor – traditional, contemporary, country or transitional – since it lights up the room with a touch of white.

Décor examples that incorporate birch

Décor examples that incorporate birch

Adapting your décor to your personal taste, while keeping within your budget, can sometimes prove strenuous. How about creating your own unique piece from birch – at a low cost?
Well, here’s a little wall hanging that you can make at home, out of birch!

Birch wall hanging project

Birch wall hanging project

Here’s what you’ll need:

Tools and materials required

Tools and materials required

• Birch branches, preferably of varying diameters and lengths
• String
• A yarn needle with an eye large enough for the string
• A pencil
• A knife with a retractable blade (e.g., an Exacto knife) or a pair of scissors
• A tape measure
• Drill and bit (diameter 1/8″ to 3/16”)
• Adhesive tape

 

*Useful tip: We suggest that you read all of the steps set out below before you start the project.

The Elements of a Successful Country Décor

What is the Country look?

The Country style is also referred to as “old-time” or “rustic”… whatever the term used, its essential characteristics remain the same: an aged or antique, warm style of décor. The overall look is one of nostalgia with a few lively touches, which evokes the era of our ancestors while also paying tribute to nature.

Country style furniture

Country style furniture

Types of Country décor

A number of variations on the Country look have been developed, including the French and English styles. Here are the differences between the two:

FRENCH COUNTRY: The predominant colours are white and cream, with more vibrant accent colours such as light blue, yellow and green (the latter are associated with the Provincial style). Fabrics can feature a variety of patterns: botanical, toile de Jouy*, stripes or checks.  Don’t hold back! You can put all of these patterns together as long as you keep your colour theme consistent.

ENGLISH COUNTRY: This version uses more intense shades: yellow ochre, deep red, forest green and brown. Creating the desired ambiance calls for natural materials such as wood, stone and leather.

*Toile de Jouy: A fabric on which landscapes and scenes of workers in fields are depicted against a solid-coloured (often cream) background.

3 ways to tap the potential of White furniture

Very popular at one time, it was snubbed for a few years and recently it made a huge comeback, I’m talking about White furniture of course.  It has several qualities: it lightens the small rooms and makes them appear larger; it brings a touch of femininity or romance in a bedroom; and finally, it is easy to fit with items from a different collection or company.

It is possible to find White furniture in different styles, but most of the time it is found in country or very contemporary and when comes time to decorate, the possibilities are endless.  The best way to approach a new décor is to first find the fabrics that you like, as paint and deco accessories are available in multiple colors and will be easy to coordinate with selected fabrics. However, you must be aware that all wall colors do not have the same effects.  Let’s see some examples to highlight White furniture.

3 options with White furniture

3 options with White furniture

For a classic, clean and relaxing look, shades of taupe or sand are well suited, they are soft to look at, timeless and you can give them a little sparkle with the accessories.

For a bold and chic statement, you can opt for deep tones.