The Ultimate Country Decorating Quiz

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The Ultimate Country Decorating Quiz
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Rustic simplicity is in. Country decorating ideas add timelessness and dignity to your country home. Take this dignified quiz on country decorating ideas.
In the old days, how did they use to furnish country homes?
with practical furnishings that were easily accessible
In olden days, they would go for practicality and availability -- no fuss, no frills.
with intricately sewn, hand-crafted embroideries
with pewter-timber combinations

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Traditionally, where do American homes get their rugs and silver from?
rugs from the Middle East, silver from Africa
rugs from Asia, silver from Europe
rugs from the Orient, silver from Mexico
For generations, American homes have been furnished with rugs from the Orient and silver from Mexico.

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How is "new traditional" furnishing style characterized?
formality and precision
symmetry, grace and elegance
New traditional style means no over-formality. Instead, symmetry, grace and elegance is what makes the look.
arty and soft

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Eighteenth-century Queen Anne and Chippendale pieces are _____
relatively cheap these days
astronomically expensive nowadays
Like Sheraton and Hepplewhite, they are prohibitively expensive.
no longer popular

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Chintz originated from _____
the West Indies
Australia
British India
Chintz originated from British India, although arguably it was inspired by lavish English gardens.

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Pastel-colored quilts were typical of what decade?
the 1930s
Pastel-colored quilts were the hallmark of the austere 1930s.
the 1960s
the 1980s

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What did early-American pioneer homes often look like?
wrought-iron structures
ostentatious mansions
simple log cabins
Early American pioneer homes were humble, simple log cabins.

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Mission furniture reflects the 1900s mood of the _____
Shakers
Wild West
Arts and Crafts Movement
Mission furniture is a reflection of the 1900s mood of the Arts and Crafts Movement.

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In terms of upholstery, which of these is considered classic?
beaded
leather
As far as upholstery is concerned, leather is the classic mode of choice.
wicker
Chinese, Korean and Portuguese
Italian, Polish, Russian and Norwegian
English, French, German and Swedish
As far as upholstery is concerned, leather is the classic mode of choice.

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What were some popular interior colors between the 1920s and 1950s?
royal blue, pale orange and beige
red, brown and yellow
mint green, yellow and lilac
Between the 1920s and 1950s, popular interior colors included mint green, yellow and lilac.

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"Fresh country style" furnishings combine old and new simplicities according to the adage _____
"form follows function"
Fresh country style boasts a mix of old and new simplicities in the sense that form follows function. This means simplicity with no compromise on warmth.
"function follows form"
"function and form lead the way"

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Early American Shaker style can be said to be _____
modern, with a touch of class
classic and suitable for all eras and ages
Early American Shaker style is a true classic with an influence on American furniture up till modern times.
rigid although austere and sensible

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If you wanted to create a chic touch to your home, what could you do?
hang nouveau art jewelry along the walls and light fittings
apply splashes of color to the walls with cheerful paintwork
use sophisticated modern fabrics and timeless stripes
For a chic look, always go for sophisticated modern fabrics and timeless stripes.

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What styles were popular during the American Revolution?
Royalist and Confederate styles
Imperial and Coronation styles
Georgian and Federal styles
During the period of the American Revolution, Georgian and Federal styles were in vogue.

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What type of porches were characteristic of American rustic style?
large, welcoming porches
If you watched The Waltons in the 1970s, you know what they were like: large, welcoming porches where grandma could knit and grandpa could smoke.
large, off-bounds porches for airiness
small porches for function and simplicity

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What in your home is reminiscent of Italian stoneworkers?
oak and chestnut paneling
porcelain tiles, limestone floors and granite counter tops
Conjure up images of Italian stoneworkers and you get porcelain tiles, limestone flooring and granite counters.
rich, vibrant-hued drapes and floral floor patterning

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How could you decorate your home with an "old homestead", memories-of-grandma look?
with primary color schemes and paisley contrasts
with open spaces and quaint niches
with charming, old furniture and a sage-violet color scheme
Grandma's home would have had charming, old furniture and sage-violet tones. If you want the "old homestead" look, go for the same.

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In a room paneled with brick or wood, what sort of look is created by Art-and-Crafts-style furnishings?
ostentatiousness
serenity
timelessness
Dress up your brick or wood-paneled room with Art-and-Crafts-style furnishings and you'll capture timelessness.

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How can you create an appropriate color scheme in your country-home living areas?
by toning it with quiet, natural hues
Quiet, natural tones will do the trick in your living areas.
by spicing it with rich, lustrous tones
by whitewashing the walls

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