From modern weaving to embroidery, cross-stitch, quilting, and more, handmade folk arts are more popular than ever, and many are getting a fresh, modern twist with new colorways. If you love the handmade, folksy look, but aren’t sure where to begin, not to worry! I’ll show you how to translate this look into a room, plus share top picks to complete the look with fun, colorful rugs. The first step is to pull together a few inspiration images that speak to you, and capture the colors and feeling you want to achieve. Above, I have chosen an image featuring a handmade paper chandelier (a traditional Polish craft) by artist Lena Corwin, and woven textile art pieces by Maryanne Moodie. These share a warm, rich color palette on a neutral backdrop. Now let’s look at another option.
Above, I have chosen two much more vibrant examples featuring watercolors (top) and modern cross-stitch inspired homewares (bottom) in a palette of bright pink, turquoise, and chartreuse. Notice which colors you are more drawn to: warm and rich hues, or cooler brights? Figuring out your color preferences early on will help keep your room looking and feeling intentionally designed.
Another tip for pulling off the modern folk art look is to keep some elements in your room plain, pale, and embellishment-free. In the home of Paula Mills, shown above, notice the white floors and walls, with just one accent wall painted pale blue. It is this calm white space that keeps the bold, colorful elements (a red and a blue couch!) from feeling like too much.
A beautiful, colorful rug works just like artwork in a calming, neutral space, so don’t be afraid to go a little wild! Refer back to your inspiration board as a reminder about which colors, tones, patterns, and styles you gravitate towards, and choose a rug that is likely to mesh well with the other pieces you add to your room. I am loving the rugs shown above, with designs reminiscent of needlework, paper cutouts, watercolors, and other folk-crafts-made-new.
Now it’s your turn: what do you think of the modern folk art look? Love it or hate it, share your thoughts in the Comments section!
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