Rustic is the word right now for so many when it comes to interior decorating. This design method is appealing and works within many homes. Read on to learn more about key features of this style and how you can implement it in your home today!
Rustic design connects us to the past, and that nostalgia is irresistible to so many people. It’s also reminiscent of vacation homes for some, bringing a sense of peace to the otherwise busy world we all live in. So, how do you create it in your home?
Wooden textures and stone are a must for creating a rustic feel within your home. Whether it be exposed wood beams in your ceiling, old wooden crates you found at a local antique shop, or a handmade farm-style kitchen table, wood is a staple of rustic design. This is also a great opportunity to install that sliding barn door you’ve been dreaming of!
Stone also adds a nice, rustic feel to a home. Whether it be a stone fireplace or natural-stone-looking countertops, they work extremely well with wood elements and rustic colors (more on this below). They are also another natural element that you’re pulling into your home, adding to that element of peace and nature you’re creating here.
The less polished your wood and stone elements are, the better. You don’t want super shiny wood beams that look mass-produced, for example, and that goes for any element you’re bringing into a room. The more hand-made it looks, the better. You want to find a balance between slightly rough-looking/weathered and sturdy/durable pieces.
Oh, and a fireplace. No rustic setting is complete without a cozy, warm fireplace.
Finding new ways to use old objects is not only fun, but it’s also a great way to bring in more rustic elements. Use a log slice to make a clock—inspiration on the how-to here—or reuse salvaged pieces as statement pieces in any room of your house. One great way to do this is to reuse an old door as a headboard for your bed.
When it comes to colors, you want to channel nature. Think wood tones, natural greens, and muted pastels. Anything you use should be a nature-based color; natural fabrics—animal hides, cotton, etc.—metals, and stone are all great examples of this. Rustic blends well with an industrial style, too, so exposed elements—light bulbs, beams, brick, etc.—will work really well with your décor. But you’ll want to make sure you’re balancing this all with white—white walls and furniture will create a beautiful backdrop for all your rustic elements, tying everything together in perfect harmony.
Natural light will amp up the nature levels in any and all rooms. Your mood will also be elevated, and you’ll save on your lighting bill, so you’ll reap the benefits on many levels here. Plus, the views that you’ll get will bring a little bit of nature indoors, adding to your overall rustic feel.
Kayleigh is a content writer with a BA in technical writing/literature and an MA in creative writing. When she’s not at work writing, she’s at home writing, reading, or binge-watching television shows… for research, of course. A big do-it-yourselfer and crafter, Kayleigh loves testing out projects and gifting them to friends and family—all in preparation for when she owns her own home one day and decorates with her own personal creations. Her work has appeared on The Writing Cooperative and as an Honorable Mention in East Meets West American Writers Review.