The Amish aren’t known for fancy decor or homes. But their homes are never usually anything less than cozy, warm and inviting. Although they believe in keeping things plain and simple, they do incorporate decor in their homes. These decorations usually have some form of use other than just being there for aesthetics. Are you interested in learning how to decorate with simple, beautiful and functional pieces? Learn from the Amish. Here are some decor pieces you will find in Amish homes.
Non- electric lighting
Natural gas or propane lighting are used in Amish homes. These gas and propane lamps are usually installed in the ceilings and walls. And they do add a touch of beauty. Also, candles and oil lanterns or lamps make the perfect decor too.
Photos And Paintings
You won’t find photos and paintings in most Amish homes. But in the more liberal and modern Amish homes, you may find one or two photos or paintings on the walls. You won’t find any with people on them though. They are usually Amish or nature scenes. Like a buggy and horse photo.
Calendars are another staple in Amish homes. Of course, they use them to mark dates and for timekeeping, but they can get a bit fancy with these. You will find calendars decorated with nature or Amish scenery in most Amish homes.
Clocks are a big thing in Amish homes. Musical and mechanical- action clocks can be found in most homes. And sometimes a cuckoo clock too.
Zip code Charts
Letter writing is a big part of Amish culture. Most Amish families do not use modern technology for communication. They strongly rely on snail mail. So having a list of zip codes comes in handy. A zipcode chart is usually decorated with flowers and nature illustrations.
Quilts, Curtains, Bedding And Table Cloth
Amish women are known for quilting. They make beautiful quilts that are used for various purposes and also in their homes. Also, they use beautiful bedding, curtains and table cloths.
The Amish are not always plain with flooring. Some Amish families cover their flooring with fancy linoleum. Again, this is very functional. As it makes the floor easy to clean, and cover any unsightly damages to the flooring underneath. But this too is another way the Amish add some beauty to their homes.
The walls in most homes are usually plain. However, you will find that in some homes, there are walls covered with pretty wallpaper. We have noticed that it is quite common to see Amish bathrooms with wallpaper.
Plants and Vases
By now you might know that the Amish are very earthy people. So it is quite normal for their homes to be decorated with nice vases and indoor plants.
We do know that you won’t find all these things in every Amish home. Not all Amish groups are alike. And sometimes it is up to families to decide on what to allow in their homes when it comes to certain things. There are Old Order Amish, Beachy Amish (which are maybe the most modern), and those who fall in between.