Moving into gated communities near Asheville NC, like The Coves Mountain River Club, new homeowners find creative ways to blend distinctive elements of country life with their state-of-the-art, environmentally-friendly designs and mountain construction.
It’s a way of reminding yourself that you’re not in the city anymore. You’re living in surroundings rich with heritage – a place that moves at a different pace. The rustic charm of a vintage farmhouse carries with it a certain warmth and soul. Life in the country’s about the simpler things. And when you tastefully mix the old and new, suddenly you have the best of both worlds.
Start with incorporating recycled materials like worn, reclaimed woods (especially from barns) and oil-rubbed metals as decorative touches, both inside and on the exterior. Drive through one of the gated communities near Asheville NC and you’ll see countless examples of how creative use of such repurposed items can establish a look for a house that’s both unique and reflective of the owner’s personality.
When you see your mountain home as a blank canvas, and you’re looking for ways to develop your own farmhouse décor, you’ll find that there’s no shortage of items to choose from. Much of the fun lies in finding them, and you’re right where you need to be to start looking. Local flea markets and yard sales are a treasure trove of vintage wood-burning stoves, old lanterns and hammered metal sconces, mason jar lights, iron or wooden chandeliers, rustic wood pendants, old baskets and all sorts of copper and brass pieces bearing the patina of age. You can find them online as well. Carefully chosen, these disparate things will come together in a way that feels both nostalgic and familiar.
The modern farmhouse look works especially well in bathrooms. You’ll see an abundance of brass, from cabinet pulls and faucets to lighting and furniture to mirrors and wall sconces – especially with brushed or matte finishes. The black metal panes of an industrial shower door can add definition and complement the softer colors and woods in the room.
Toss the old “rules” about lighting out the window. In this setting, modern glass globes in a chandelier
work just fine in conjunction with the antique look of sconces. Everything works together to form a cohesive image.
Perhaps nothing says “farmhouse bathroom” better than a freestanding tub. Paint the feet black or a color of your choice to blend with the rest of your décor. You can get a tub faucet, towel bars and rings and toilet paper holder in black matte finish that will contrast nicely with white walls.
Don’t be afraid to use different tile styles in your bathroom to define each space and add visual interest. For example, subway tile on the shower wall, pebbled shower floor and wood-look tile throughout will make a striking statement.
Be sure to make use of open shelving wherever possible. It makes the room seem larger, and it’s a great way to display your prettiest lotions, potions, towels and baskets.
Finally, consider covering your bathroom walls with shiplap. It’s a wide wooden sheathing on which the edges of each board lap over adjacent boards to make a flush joint. You can run it horizontally or vertically and create an aged look that’s long been popular in barns and historic homes.
These are just a few ideas to help get you started. In the gated communities near Asheville NC, we like to go well beyond the stale home designs we left when we moved here. For many of us, it’s the first time we’ve been able to build the house we really want. The expert design team at The Coves Mountain River Club understands, and they’re ready to help bring your dreams to life.
Come by for a tour and see how others like you have made farmhouse décor work for them in new and exciting ways.
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