From the word alone, rustic decor defines a space filled with apparent traces of history and heart. Walls are decidedly aged, showing hints of faded patina, while furniture are raw and nostalgic, embracing natural materials as opposite its bright, urban chic counterparts. But there's something enthralling about rustic decor that draws us in; it exudes a warm, cosy character with romantic, raw sensibilities. For the fans of natural architectural facets with organic textures, taking a page from rustic decor can bring a whole new aesthetic to your home. Discover how you can infuse this interior design in your favourite spaces with these tips:
Rustic decor doesn't have to be ancient; in fact, you can seamlessly harmonize it with your modern home, thanks to an open floor plan, and unpretentious cladding. Raw wood and stone elements plays a great role in rustic homes. The weathered texture showcases a scuffed, rough, mountain cottage feel, bringing nature inside your favourite space. Favourite wood species include oak and timber, the latter being the inexpensive choice, commonly used for exposed beams and ceilings. This design is perfectly paired with large glass windows and a warm hearth at the centre of the room.
It's time to unleash your inner curator, where you can freely set your favourite antiquities on display without feeling awkward. In the kitchen, use slabs of reclaimed wood for cabinets, closets and open tables. You can also create a makeshift shelving on a blank wall—a perfect way to highlight your beloved glassware and ceramics. Note that these items do not have to be of great monetary value, but they have to be of sentimental importance. In piling your collection, authenticity is the key. Easily upgrade a sense of modernity in your space with the right lighting and appliance.
When choosing hues for your rustic decor, opt for the warm, neutral tones; those which you often see in nature. Deep red, moss green, denim blue and pewter go best with this interior. However, this doesn't stop you from picking a lighter palette to match the modern aspect of your space. White, beige, khaki and grey can cool down the warm colours and make it more easy in the eye.
Make your interiors look cosy by choosing fabrics with warm, genteel feel. Wool becomes an integral part of a rustic bedroom, matched with quilted fabrics that are suggestively handmade. Throw these accent pieces over a bed or a couch, or hang it on the wall for a more domestic effect. Animal skin nicely complements rustic decor, with its soft, wintry feel.
Create an invigorating sanctuary with raw, organic beauty, thanks to stone and wood-clad walls. This bath, inspired from an authentic chalet, offers a restful autumn-season setting. Hanging ferns add colour to the otherwise grim hue, while the delicate chair is situated nearby, breaking off from the chunky appearance of the room.
A collection of found objects, quaintly spread in rows and layers, adds a personalized touch to your decor. Subtle textures from plaids and patchworks do heaps in recreating a warmer, aged atmosphere. Accentuate the austere wooden design with distressed metals; a copper pendant glows in an earthen-toned setting, while pewter and iron can be used as racks, bedsteads and fixtures.
It doesn’t have to be all old, however; get away with your chic, contemporary wills by using modern furniture. Strong leather couches, intelligently placed lighting and minimalist design marries well with rustic décor. This harmony of modern and rustic, when well thought of, is wrapped with much personality and style without overpowering one another.
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Images via Fat Shack Vintage Rustic Decor Pinterest board.
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