How to Create a Rustic Feel to Your Home
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When it comes to home decorating, the “rustic look” is in big time these days. If you’re not completely sure what this means, don’t worry, you’re not alone. The rustic style has a cozy, earthy, organic vibe. Basically, anything that looks like it might fit in with the outdoors or in a cabin. The rustic look works well with open floor plans, and natural elements. This style is simple, natural, informal, comfortable, and really focuses on bringing the outside, inside. While this style is certainly not for everyone, if you can do it right, you will be rewarded with a place that is cozy and makes everyone feel right at home.
So just how do you get that rustic feel in your home? When it comes to decorating with this style, there are certain elements that are key. You’ll tend to see a lot of repurposed wood, metal accents, and maybe even some hand-woven blankets or animal rugs. This style is also dominated by natural materials such as stone, wood, and metal. Here are some tips to create a rustic feel in your own home:
As we mentioned already, a rustic style is all about bringing the outdoors, in. So, there is really no color scheme that makes more sense than a natural one. Think browns, greys, lighter shades of blue, beige, cream, red. You get the picture! While brightly painted walls are great, they just don’t fit with this theme. A white color on the walls would be extremely appropriate and also make it easy to use any other colors throughout the room.
Animal rugs/handcrafted piece
If you want your home to look outdoorsy, comfortable, old, and nostalgic then you need to add some items that will bring these thoughts forward. An animal rug can be a great centerpiece item for a living room. Finding handcrafted accents will not only make your home look incredibly rustic, these pieces are also likely to be wonderful conversation starters!
If you’ve ever heard the saying “One person’s trash is another person’s treasure” then you’ll know what we’re referring to here. Find objects around your house that you may have been ready to throw away and think of another purpose for them. Turn an old bucket into a sink. Convert an old comforter into new curtains. Be creative making do with what you have. Doing this will not only give you an excellent rustic vibe, it will also save you money when it comes to buying new objects that you don’t really need anyway.
When you think of rustic, new and shiny are two words that would never come to mind. Instead, you’ll think of materials that are old, have been around the block and have some history to them. Think distressed. Think tarnished. Think aged. Whatever materials you choose for your home, this is the message you want them to give off.
Using wood that’s unfinished or unpainted will give your home that outdoorsy feel that is what rustic decorating is all about. Non-painted wood is simple, and looks exactly like it belongs in the country or somewhere outside. Therefore, it’s a perfect fit with your rustic décor. Your floor is a great place to start with this non-painted wood look!
Natural/solid fabrics and colors
The best fabrics for a home in a rustic style are unprinted and textural. Linen, wool, burlap, and canvas are obvious (and great!) choices. Any accent pieces that you purchase should be simple and as always, should mimic nature. You can carry this theme through to all of your upholstery, linens, rugs, etc.
Emphasis on Texture
Rough-looking textures look great in a rustic-style home. Mixing and matching different textures around each room will look spectacular and it will also be fun finding the perfect matches.
There are few things that make us feel more cozy and comfortable than a nice fire in the fireplace. And, there are few things that will add that final finishing rustic touch to your home than this as well.
What other tips do you have create a rustic feel to your home?