Basics of French Country Decor

How Do You Differentiate Country, Primitive and Rustic Style?

If you are familiar with decorations, then you might have heard the terms country, primitive, and rustic. These terms are common in the scene of decoration and some people use them in place of one another. Let’s look at the differences between these styles.


As mentioned earlier, the country-style has many sub-styles: American Country, French Country, Coastal Decor, etc. All these styles have the same casual feel with a focus on natural materials. For that reason, the country-style offers a warm and cozy feeling.

Country style can include primitive or rustic furnishings. Nevertheless, this doesn’t always apply. Plus, it has a wide selection of colors compared to the rustic style. However, the rustic style is more specific than the country style, which is a general term.


The primitive style is often handmade and is often done by someone without any formal training. Most often, primitive items are useful, and they include cooking items, dishware, furniture, and tools.

Something about primitive decorations is that they are generally old or antique. With that said, primitive isn’t mainly about style, but more on the age of the items for decoration.


The rustic style is often linked with nature because it uses materials are unrefined or raw. A rustic decoration or furniture typically displays a weathered or distressed finish, a natural color, a casual feel, and an old-fashioned sense of comfort and warmth. Rustic furniture can be new yet made to look worn and old. That’s the main difference between rustic and primitive.

While country, primitive, and rustic styles can somehow the same, they are all quite different in detail.

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