Farmhouse style is definitely en vogue right now. Fixer Upper is one of top shows on HGTV right now, and many farmhouse style accessories can be found in many home decor stores from high end boutiques to road side flea markets. With such popularity, comes the question of how to style these accessories in a way that makes sense for your home and personal decor. A versatile styling piece that is reminiscent of farmhouse style is the scale. The one featured here was manufactured by the Hanson company, which was a popular manufacturer of scales founded in 1888. I love the scale as a decorative feature because it is a great "bridge" piece when you're trying to pull together several different styles. "Bridge" pieces are elements of a design that close a gap between different style elements and bring those style elements together in a cohesive way. The styling of scales with their graphic numbers and industrial color schemes (they usually come in white, black & brushed steel) make them a perfect choice for bridging together elements from many styles such as traditional, shabby chic, mid-century modern and minimalism to name a few. Above I've created 6 different style looks, which we'll now explore.
1. Styling the scale with fruits or vegetables is a great way to tie the scale into your kitchen decor. Pair with jars, plates & bowls you already have to bring a cohesive look to your space.
2. Styling your scale by use of liquor bottles, glasses and fresh elements like cranberries, limes or other drink garnishes would be a great use of the scale in your bar area. Add in a mixology book on craft cocktails, and you've got a great way to keep your mixing supplies in one place!
3. Simple greenery & plants is a great way to give your scale some warmth that can go from room to room seamlessly!
4. Create a simple vignette using paintbrushes, art books, and a small painting to make a great styled area for bookcases in living rooms & studios.
5. Bathrooms are a great place to use styled scales. Add in some rolled towels & a bowl full so shells - maybe a candle or two & you're ready to decorate. Some other options would be a vintage glass container full of decorative soaps or cotton balls.
6. Last but not least - why not add a scale to a child's room or nursery? Add in some small books wrapped in ribbon and few stuffed animals and you'll achieve a beautiful look that is timeless in a little one's room
If you like this particular scale, you can purchase it here on Etsy at my store - PaperCanvasEtc. Scales come in many different sizes, colors and overall looks. Try this fun farmhouse feature today to create a complex look in your vignettes. Like PaperCanvasEtc. on Facebook to never miss another fun design idea - Happy Designing!