By Connie Smith
One of the latest trends in home décor is to go rustic, meaning you showcase a very rural, very basic, and very dated look in decorative details to construct a living space that’s full of country charm.
It makes sense that this style has grown so popular since it touches base to an era past and a culture that’s known to take a moment and smell the roses, so to speak. To embody both of those aspects within your home is an intriguing concept to create a comforting, relaxing space to settle in and recharge for new days and new challenges.
As it happens, attaining that rustic feel in your home isn’t a pathway that’s littered with too vivid ideas or methods too outstanding to attempt. Like the overall design, the strategies that you employ to get there can be very simple—like these!
Make It Strong
Rustic is natural, and nature is filled with things that are strong and sturdy, like trees and boulders. Because of that reasoning, adding sentiments of strength throughout your living quarters can do wonders for bringing a rustic atmosphere into your rooms. The best ways to achieve this aspect of a rustic feel are to stick with the things that bring nature its strength.
Be sure you have wooden details throughout the room you’re making rustic, like a wooden table and chairs for your kitchen or wooden end tables on either side of your couch. If you have a fireplace, continue with that wooden trend by having a stack of logs near it, even if they’re just for decoration. That fireplace is a great place to showcase this strong quality since you can surround it with things like stone to represent strength. Basically, keep those sturdy and strong natural elements active throughout your design!
Make It Easy
Another benefit to using stones and wood in your design is that they’re easy solutions of what people have been able to use for centuries. That ease of option, by itself, is an additional quality to consider when trying to make your home rustic since the overall appeal of rustic is that it’s comfortable and simple.
For those reasons, don’t overthink or overdo things! Keep things basic, like foregoing a tablecloth on that wooden table or choosing wall plaques with simple designs. Break out the jars to hold flowers, the metal buckets for storage, and lanterns for candleholders.
You can apply this easy concept through your in-home plants as well by picking traditional types that do well with little care. That combination of livelihood with simplicity is a great representation of rustic life, and even something as untraditional as a potted cactus in your windowsill can help to achieve the goal. Think easy tactics with your décor, and you’re that much closer to building a rustic atmosphere.
Make It Imperfect
It’s so easy to try and go for perfection when you’re doing something as grand as decorating your home, but sometimes the best method to achieve a specific look is to let imperfections shine through. You can argue that things like stonewashed jeans support this detail, but regardless, it’s so very applicable when you’re dealing with rustic home interior.
Remember that this is a reflection of an older time before modern conveniences. That means that time as well as use would’ve made the items in your home—if they truly were old—look a little worn.
For that reason, don’t fret too much if your end table has a chip in it or if your kitchen table looks like it could use a sanding-and-refinishing touch. Not only is it OK that these aspects are flawed, but it works in favor of strengthening that rustic feel since the signs of wear show the passage of time and the weight of having been used. There truly is little you can do in the way of décor to attain a rustic quality that outdoes the tried-and-true look of furniture, so be sure that you’re allowing your home’s details to age gracefully as the years roll on—and maybe pick up a piece of worn furniture at a flea market or thrift store if you’re in a rush to go rustic!
Make It a Throwback
As was already mentioned, rustic is intended to showcase another era, so you really can’t go wrong with having the right piece of the past within your home to achieve the look. This doesn’t have to be something as large as a bookshelf, and it doesn’t need to be something that actually is old. It can be a replica of an item that was used in older times to reflect the era.
An example would be a washboard to hang in your laundry room. Sure, you’re probably not going to use it to clean your clothes, but letting it exist in the laundry area touches back to a time past to spark a feeling of nostalgia and reminiscence. It’s the same general idea that makes older, flawed furniture work—that the history and years of use are what led to acceptably rustic additions to your home.
Make It Neutral
A number of these more basic home décor styles employ primitive color palettes, meaning the colors you see are very limited to what would naturally be seen in a country setting. Granted, the term, “primitive,” does cover more territory than just color, but choices in hue are a definite part of the equation. Essentially, if you wouldn’t see the color on a country farm, it doesn’t have a place in a primitive work like this.
Because of that detail, it pays to keep your color possibilities in a rustic home from options that don’t fit under that primitive umbrella—like neon green and hot pink. Instead, stick with colors that reflect nature—yellow like the sun, blue like the sky, green like the grass—and elements that exist in farm life, like a red barn. For a specifically rustic feel, you might even want to take this limitation a step farther by eliminating certain of those bright primitive colors to few-and-far-between appearances. Doing so can achieve a more natural-looking color scheme, and natural is the way to go for rustic.
Just make sure everything about the area you’re attempting to make rustic is grounded in color neutrality before adding those splashes of primitive colors. If it isn’t grounded in nature and comfort, after all, it just isn’t rustic!
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