by Giorgina Devereaux
Welcoming Americana decorations into
your home is a fantastic way to celebrate American history and the American way
Americana decor can be achieved by pairing traditional folk art with eclectic
items that represent American themes.
This style embodies stereotypical motifs, such as apple pie, baseball, the
Statue of Liberty, barns, automobiles, Rock and Roll, Norman Rockwell prints as
well as specific facts of American life like carnivals, depots, general stores,
farms, jazz clubs, diners, or a section of the country, such as the Old West or
the Deep South.
In terms of art, Americana
decorations are generally denoted by historic American designs
used by early Americans like colonists and pioneers.
Colors that represent the Americana
style consist of patriotic shades of red, white, and blue.
Finding accents that
have stars and stripes and simple words, such as, “love, faith, and hope” make
wonderful accents and wall hangings.
Another fantastic wall hanging consists of Americana quilts, which also make the
perfect throw, table cloth, and chair cover.
You can also find decorative
Americana boxes that can be used to charm lonely spaces, such as corners or
along the walls. Not only do Americana boxes look patriotic, but you can use
them for storage.
Another great decorative accent is
stuffed plush pieces in the Americana decorations theme. These pieces look lovely just about
anywhere you display them.
Place them on top of Americana boxes, a coffee
table, a mantle, shelves, or anywhere that could use a little extra detail.
The Americana style gives you a
considerable range of Americana decorations to choose from because of the varied array of
Americana and folk arts objects. Americana decor can be comprised of many items
of interest from the past as well as the present.
When we think of Americana
decorations, it is a blend of country,
rustic, and reminders of
early America and being patriotic.
Americana decorations generally incorporate the U.S.
flag in its current 50-state form or earlier versions from the American past.
It is also signified by simpler art styles like painted wood and handcrafted
pieces, as well as items associated with Early America and farming. Items that
feature Americana décor include barns, antique tractors, and milk cans.
You may wish to narrow down your
Americana style by focusing on natural America or city and town life. Try to
focus on a specific region of the country like the Southwest or rural Appalachia
or a specific group of Americans, such as the Native Americans or Colonial
Early American Style: The Early American style most popularly
characterizes the spirit of Americana. Consider incorporating wall décor that
consists of portraits of colonists, early town scenes, and ports along the East
Coast. You may also display authentic or replicated quilts from this time
period for that extra touch. To further add interest to this style, hang
candle boxes or wall boxes painted with Colonial American motifs.
Other Colonial and Early American items to consider are:
iron weather vanes
Cross-stitch embroidery and needlework
pine boxes with iron hardware
or signs with verses in the broken letter style
If you prefer an authentic antique,
but cannot afford one, consider a reproduction to keep costs down.
Reproductions still provide the characteristics of early American charm.
For artwork, you may wish to consider the following:
by early Americans
featuring 19th century Americans, such as Herman Melville, Emily
Dickinson, Henry David Thoreau, or Betsy Ross
that feature important early American locations or trades, such as Nantucket
Whalers, Walden Pond, a vintage map of New York City, Maine lobstermen, or a
Pennsylvanian quilting bee
1950s Style: Another popular version of Americana decorations is
embodied by the 1950s.
This fabulous style lends itself to kitchen décor with its '50s diner or soda
fountain look, along with chrome tables and stools bearing checked tablecloths,
atomic bark cloth draperies, chrome napkin holder, vinyl floor, and prints of
1950s life. You may wish to display art prints that depict two kids sipping a
soda, a jukebox dance, or a bobby soxer in a poodle skirt.
Primitive Americana Style: Primitive Americana decorations generally include folk
art, tramp art (a popular form of folk art made of wooden cigar boxes or produce
crates; these chip-carved layered pieces are made into frames, jewelry boxes,
sewing caddies, and furniture), and vintage advertising signs.
Other Primitive Americana
accessories, furniture, and ideas include the following:
pumpkins, and sunflowers
colors, especially muddied or faded
The main ingredient to Primitive Americana decor is texture. Rusted and worn
metal items especially add character and charm to rooms.
Coarse textured fabrics, such as burlap and homespun cotton are excellent for
pillows and curtains. Commonly used fabrics for this theme consist of those
that are faded, checked, or made to look like old flour sacks.
For carpet, consider Berber since it lends itself well to the flooring needs of
a primitive room.
One way of softening the look of Primitive Americana is to display a dried
floral arrangement in an old watering can or place fresh flowers inside a mason
jar and set it on top of a pine table. For accessories, consider handcrafted
When looking for furniture pieces that will fit within the Americana
consider those that are rough and knotty in appearance. Furniture pieces in the
Shaker style are perfect, along with pottery and lanterns, which provide a
cohesive, warm, and cozy primitive look. For bookshelves, consider those with a
Types of Americana Decorative
Baskets: Baskets are a popular Americana decorating piece. This is one of
the most versatile accents because you can use it to hold flowers, teddy bears,
candles, and quilts.
Baskets lend themselves to creativity
because you can use, for instance, tall baskets in a set of three to hold floral
arrangements and hang on walls.
They can be placed on the floor, used to store
magazines, while providing that extra touch. Smaller baskets work well on
walls, shelves, and mantles.
Bath Accessories: Display your pride and
patriotism with bath accessories that celebrate the history and folklore of the
United States. You can find bath accessories that feature the U.S. flag with
its glorious stars and stripes.
Bedding Ensemble: A fabulous way to incorporate the Americana
your bedroom is through the use of a lovely bedding ensemble that features red
and navy colors, along with a mix and match of pillow shams, quilted pillows, a
quilted wall hanging, and quilted throws.
These bedding ensembles are classic
Americana decorations because of the combination of colors and beautifully detailed
hand stitches throughout.
You can even find bedding for the nursery consisting of a quilt, bumper, sheet,
and dust ruffle that has an early American, handcrafted look. The double
ruffles and running stitches give it a dramatic old-fashioned appearance.
Carved and Painted Folk Art:
To add plenty of Americana charm to your home, consider displaying carved and
painted folk art animals of the north woods like ducks, geese, moose or bears as
well as pictures of the Rocky Mountains, Yosemite, the northern Colorado River,
or an old map of the northwest territory.
Chair Pads: For that Americana spirit, consider chair pads that have a
homespun appearance and feature stars and stripes.
Clocks: Clocks with a folk
art look are a fantastic way to add extra detail to the room.
You can find one
that features a pendulum with a star at the bottom and is made to resemble a
classic American country house.
It is simply an adorable Americana decorative
accessory that will blend in perfectly with this theme.
Hooks are the perfect accessory for hanging purses and keys. You can find some
that have a star design and are finished in distressed
country red, blue, or antique white. This makes a
wonderful design element for the Americana style.
Fireplace Screen: A fireplace brings to mind images of a cozy room with the
crackling sound and smell of a log burning.
To add warmth to your Americana
decorations, consider accenting your fireplace with a fireplace screen that is adorned
with the U.S. flag and finished in antique white.
Make a patriotic statement with a perpetual calendar that features an American
eagle clutching Old Glory in his talons.
It is a decorative way to keep track
of what date it is.
Shelves are another
commonly used decorative item for the Americana
style. You can find them painted in red with gold lines and star and floral
cut-outs. It’s the perfect place to display small items.
Lighting is very
important because it helps set the mood.
Some lovely lighting to consider for
Americana decorations include those with lampshades that feature stars, a plaid
pattern, punched tin with a willow tree or star design, and more.
Stars: Stars are one of the most popular forms of decorations used with the
You can find stars in all sizes and colors. They are
generally constructed of metal (tin) that is sometimes rusty and sometimes
painted. Stars can be used in every type of room.
Stitchery Pillows: Add warmth
and interest to your couch and chairs with an assortment of Americana themed
pillows that have the words, “Liberty, Simplify, Stars and Stripes Forever, and
Oh Say Can You See, America” stitched on them.
Switch Plates: An often
neglected decorative accessory is
These make a lovely detail and
you can find ones that feature a quote, such as “God bless America” as well as
“One Nation Under God.”
In addition to featuring a quote, these switch plates
bring an artistic touch to your overall décor because of its patriotic depiction
of a U.S. flag, basket, and star.
Holders: To add beauty and function, consider a scrolled bath towel holder
made of natural iron. You can find these towel holders in a white or black
Wallpaper Border: Add more
charm to your Americana style by hanging a wallpaper border that features the
U.S. flag, stars and strips, baskets, and wreaths.
Wall Plaques: Hang wall
plaques to bring texture to your home. Some wall plaques are constructed of
cast metal and shaped like star.
This provides inspiration to the overall
design and you can find these in distressed black or country red.
Treatments: Windows deserve to be dressed up and what better way than to
use a window valance that features charming folk art with a message, such as
“There’s No Place Like Home”.
Other valances feature stars and stripes, navy and
taupe checks with country red stars, navy and tan checks and stars with country
red borders, and a cranberry and black plaid pattern.
As you can see,
Americana decorating describes a style that is appealing, comfortable, and
It consists of easy to care for materials making it perfect for
families that have a busy lifestyle, especially those with children.
about Americana decorations is that they are versatile, allowing you to incorporate different
motifs, which includes geography, folk art, and history.
Americana Decorations to Choose a
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