Decorating with a Primitive Style

The Primitive Decor 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 a primitive style has never been easier than with Sturbridge Yankee Workshop.

Iron Star Candle Match Holder

Primitive Accents

Often it's the smaller accents that really add a feeling of primitive or rustic decor. Iron Star Candle Match Holder, seen here to the left is a great way to start. Gracefully curved iron combines with the clean lines of a five-pointed starUse this sturdy wrought iron home accent to store matches near your favorite candles or as extra mood lighting by placing a taper candle in the bell shaped receptacle. Other ways to show off a primitive style include items that appear "homemade" or "homespun;" such as our Cherish Believe Accent Mat for the table center or our Family Pillow featuring delicate embroidery.

Cherish Believe Accent MatFamily Pillow

Primitive Furniture

Early American colonists would make sure that their furniture had a functional purpose. Characteristics of primitive style furniture include: distressing techniques within the paint application, rubbed or "worn" edges, exposed metal hardware, and fine attention to craftsmanship. At Sturbridge Yankee Workshop, we have numerous furniture pieces that offer the primitive style, but one of our customer favorites is the USA-made, Huntboard. Huntboards were traditionally used for serving breakfast, or as a display after a hunt. This furniture piece has distinctive rubbed edges that give the wood an antiqued look.


Checkerberry Quilt Collection

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. Speaking of quilts, seen here to the left is our Checkerberry Quilt Collection. This design is perfect to update any current bedding collection and it's appropriate for all seasons. Quilts like this one are characteristic of the primitive style because not only does it appear homemade, but it also combines patterns, of checked fabric with natural elements such as the berries, in a muted color palette.

Primitive Rug Styles

In the early American home, the living room or "main room" was the heart of those who lived there. To accent this high traffic space, a nice braided or hooked rug was commonly used. Floors were typically stained dark to hide the dirt; often matching the dark paneled walls. Rugs made of hooked fabrics or braided methods gave a sense of coziness to an area frequently used for gathering around a fire. At Sturbridge, we are known for our exquisite braided rugs. Antiqued Tile Rug highlights the beauty that can be achieved in 100% hand hooked wool. Holiday Greetings Doormat offers a warm welcome to all who stop in this Christmas season.

Antiqued Tile Rug
Holiday Greetings Doormat

Village Cupboard Pinewood Plate Shelf

Primitive Storage

Village Cupboard  presents a unique storage option for your primitive home. Pieces considered primitive in style must provide ease of use and practicality. Our Village Cupboard does both of those things, while displaying two beautifully painted images of primitive styled homes by artist Gail Eads. Crafted of solid, knotty pine wood, made in the USA. Another primitive style storage option is our Pinewood Plate Shelf. A great way to display decorative plates or other display items in virtually any room of the home, this plate shelf is classically primitive. Primitive Corner Cupboard serves double duty as a space saver and storage cupboard, with classic primitive rubbed edges.

Primitive Corner Cupboard

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