Pat­terns Worth RE­PEAT­ING

Country Sampler - - Creative -

It’s easy to un­der­stand why first-time vis­i­tors to Gayle Fer­gu­son’s early 20th-cen­tury home in Som­er­set, Ohio, might imag­ine that they’ve stepped back in time to Colo­nial Amer­ica. The col­ors and pat­terns wo­ven so beau­ti­fully through­out the house evoke the warm, wel­com­ing am­bi­ence of that era. Here are a few ideas to help you cre­ate your own Colo­nial re­treat:

1 Paint like a Colo­nial. Look for col­ors that were fea­tured in Early Amer­i­can homes—mus­tard yel­low, brick red, Colo­nial blue and black, for a start. A few paint man­u­fac­tur­ers of­fer col­lec­tions that fo­cus on his­tor­i­cal shades; take ad­van­tage of them and start look­ing for your per­fect match.

2 Try some tex­tiles. Don’t be afraid to mix pat­terns in the same space. In Gayle’s liv­ing room, for ex­am­ple, the couches and wing chair are up­hol­stered in checked pat­terns of dif­fer­ent sizes and col­ors, and still more pat­tern is seen on the valances and pil­lows, yet they all work to­gether. “Mix­ing pat­terns is all trial and er­ror,” she ex­plains. “I’ll try some­thing, and if it doesn’t look right, I’ll move it some­where else.”

3 Roll out a floor­cloth. There is a rea­son Colo­nials loved floor­cloths: They are beau­ti­ful, prac­ti­cal and durable. Whether you buy one or make your own like Gayle does, the col­or­ful cloths add pat­tern and verve to the floor and clean up like a dream.

4 Add apt em­bel­lish­ments. Sten­ciled de­signs and time­worn fin­ishes give walls an au­then­tic look. Not only does Gayle paint the tops of her walls with sten­cils she cuts by hand, but she also thinly glazes the walls to cre­ate an aged patina, us­ing a mix of clear glaze and a lit­tle paint.

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