Decorate with a Primitive Style – New Home Accents from SYW

The Primitive decorating style is one that reminds us of the quiet, uncomplicated, simple living of yesteryear. Modeled after late 18th century and early 19th century early America, there are many unique traits to this theme that you can use in your home today. Decorating with Primitive Decor has never been easier than with Sturbridge Yankee Workshop.


Primitive Home Accents

One of the most distinctive features of Primitive Decor is seen in the furniture used. Early American colonists would make sure that their furniture not only took up space, but that it had a functional purpose as well. Characteristics of Primitive style furniture include: distressing techniques within the paint application, rubbed or “worn” edges, exposed metal hardware, and fine attention to craftsmanship.

While we have a lot of primitive style furniture here at Sturbridge, often it’s the little things that really add a feeling of “home-spun” and “homemade” to your decor. Home decor with these attributes will lend very well to the primitive decorating theme. For example, new for winter, our Folk Art Display Balls are great accents to use in any room of the home. Crafted of paper mache, each ball has its own folk art motif. Available as a set of three large balls or four smaller balls, they are distinctively designed with the look of hand painting, in a muted color palette; also very typical of primitive decor. A distressed and crackled-like appearance, adds to their aged appeal.

Domestically Primitive

The quilting revolution gained hold on the American public after sewing machines were mass produced throughout the 1840’s and 50’s. The machine allowed fabric patterns to be created at a much faster pace, allowing those who quilted to show off their true talent.

Quilted textiles such as the tabletop accents found in our new Calico Patchwork Collection, work nicely with the primitive style because they resemble handmade patchwork. Shown here to the left is the Calico Patchwork Table Runner. Bordered with a variety of checks, stripes, a calico print, and other petite floral fabrics, all are displayed in a pleasing arrangement of black and beige. The table runner’s center showcases three beige sections of two black stars, and a black crow. The image of a black crow has long been a notable symbol of primitive decor as well. For more on Decorating with Crows at Sturbridge, click Here.

Update a casual dining area with this runner, or you might consider using it to dress up your mantle space. A Calico Patchwork Table Mat and Calico Patchwork Chair Pad are also available. Choose one or all of the ideas mentioned here, to highlight the warmth and nostalgia that decorating with early American inspired pieces will surely bring to any living space in your home.


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