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Folk art inspired Interior Design can be one of the most rewarding and exciting decoration themes to work on. The field is so varied due to the gigantic array of cultures, decor and histories of the different social traditions across the globe. In this post I’m going to touch on just the New England style with examples from one living room interior, which also incorporates some Shaker elements.

yellow-green-wood-panel-wallThe wood panelled walls in this room have been painted with a light green. For more warmth you could consider using a color such as the Katydid yellow-green paint. The rustic feel has been achieved with the ‘tongue and groove’ effect of the wall structure.

new-england-interior-design-wall-hangingsSome charming wall hangings will enliven the wood panelling. Think about some artsy rugs or folk music inspired paintings. Traditional twig brooms would be a great addition. For a heating source, similar to the one in the picture, think about this stylish wall mounted Flame Ambient Fireplace.

new-england-style-folk-furnitureWith existing furniture you can modify chairs and tables by painting them white and adding attractive folk art designs and motifs. These can include animals, stars and decorative patterns. Think about adding these in red or green, even in cream.

folk-art-decor-furniture-candlesWicker baskets and such items like silver pots, jugs and candlesticks can add a great deal to the rustic and country feel of a New England folk interior. Little fabric decorative items will creative a homely feel which is important in a living room.

sofa-decoration-accessories-cushions-folk-artPatchwork quilts for the sofa can be purchased which will add further to the folksy charachter of the interior space. Notice in the above picture the flooring. With this New England theme you can either go for wooden floorboards, painted or natural; or alternatively a rustic carpet made from Sea Grass or Sisal natural fiber.

I hope these picture examples and suggestions will help inspire you when designing a room in a folk art theme. There are a lot more possibilities which I will cover in future posts.

See also: 101 Living Rooms: Stylish Room Solutions from the BBC