Primitive decorating is a style of decorating using primitive folk art style that is characteristic of a historic or early Americana time period, typically using elements with muted colors and a rough and simple look to them. Decorating in the primitive style can incorporate either true antiques or contemporary folk art. Contemporary primitive folk art is designed to have an old or antique look but created using new materials. Examples of antiquing techniques used by primitive folk artists include tea or coffee staining and sanding down paint to create a worn, aged look. The style is sometimes referred to as country style.
Primitive decorating often features a number of recurring themes and characters including primitive angels, barnstars, primitive crows, primitive dolls & rag dolls, saltbox houses, sheep, willow trees, primitive wooden signs, and pottery. Primitive design focuses on furniture made between the mid-1700s and early 1800s by farmers.
A number of magazines specialize in primitive decorating.
- Keiser, Deb (July 12, 2013). "Country makes a comeback". Connecticut Post.
- Baker, Stephanie. "What is Primitive Folk Art?". Old World Primitives. Retrieved 24 May 2014.
- "Antique Primitive Furniture". Collectors Weekly. Retrieved 25 May 2014.
- "Primitive Country Decor Products". The Fox Decor. Retrieved 16 Dec 2019.
- "A primitive place magazine". Retrieved 25 May 2014.
- "Country sampler". Retrieved 25 May 2014.