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Low Country Style
Low Country StyleThe low country style of decorating draws its inspiration from the coastal areas of Georgia and South Carolina. This area of the United States is rich in history and tradition, both of which are reflected in this decorating style. The homes in this area range from simple and comfortable to those that have a lot of stylish splendor.
However, the overriding decorating features of this style reflect a love and appreciation for this area of the Southern coast of the United States.
The low country decorating style is often an eclectic mix of a number of different styles. Household possessions are often handed down through families, resulting in newer items co-existing with family heirlooms from multiple generations.You'll frequently find well-worn sofas, comfortable wicker furniture pieces, and beautiful wood tables.
Wood furniture pieces are often light in color, adding a bit of contrast against the floors, which are often dark in color. The decorating style is often reminiscent of a cottage style of decorating, but with a flavor of the beach and coastal region mixed in. Furniture pieces are almost always arranged in a casual and comfortable fashion that encourages conversation.
On the front porch, you'll frequently find groupings of Adirondack chairs, providing an inviting spot to sit, relax, and converse with family members and friends. Just as is the case with decorating accents, mementos and other pieces of décor, furniture pieces are often well-worn and handed down from one generation to the other. As such, you'll frequently find furniture arrangements that feature pieces from various styles, creating an eclectic but pleasing combination.
You'll also find a lot of built-in cabinetry in this style of decorating, which reflects the need to save space. Since many of the homes in this area of the country are often small in size, saving space is somewhat of a hallmark of this decorating style. Bookshelves, open cabinets and other areas are often used to display family treasures such as books, china, cookware, or canning jars.
Low Country ColorsRooms that are decorated in the Low Country style often feature a variety of colors that draw their inspiration from the natural surroundings of the coastal area. You'll find beautiful wood tones, warm red shades, and soft yellows in addition to cream and other off-white and neutral shades.
This soft, warm and inviting color palette simply adds to the overall welcoming look and feel of the decorating style. These colors are the perfect complement to the relaxed and comfortable furnishings and overall mood and attitude of the Low Country style and the area of the country from which it draws its inspiration.
Handcrafted BeautyIt's extremely common to find handcrafted furniture pieces, artwork and other household accessories that have been created by local artists from the Low Country area. As such, this decorating style incorporates a lot of individuality, personal style and local flavor.
Because of the fact that items are often passed down through generations, these handcrafted items often reflect a lot of the local history, providing an interesting look not only at the current artistic tastes of the region, but also a glimpse back to the artistic trends of the past.