While everyone has their own style preference, the rustic look is definitely one that is sought after. The rustic style embodies natural textures, it is simple and filled with earthy tones and textures, and radiates an organic warmth. It is a style that makes you feel cozy the second you walk through the door.
If you’re looking to achieve this design style in your home, you’ve come to the right place. We are going to give you a few tips on how to achieve the rustic look:
- Decide on a Color Palette
The rustic style, as previously mentioned, embodies an earthy feel. Therefore, your colors should fall into this category. Think tans, grays, creams, whites and hues of brown. A great way to accomplish this is to choose a very neutral wall color and then accentuate that color with furniture, throw pillows, area rugs, and wall decor. The perfect combination of earthy tones is what will lay the foundation of your rustic home design.
- Wood, Wood and more Wood
The rustic style often presents with a surplus of natural wood. Wood can be incorporated through furniture pieces: an old barn door turned coffee table, raw wood four poster bed, classic wood floors, or even wood paneled ceilings and walls.
Insider Tip: consider the use of faux wood panels to save a great deal of time and money. Faux wood panels are DIY, and far more affordable than authentic wood. As beautiful as it is, authentic wood can be hard to come by and put a pretty big dent in the bank account!
Adding texture to a room is the perfect way to provide varying visual effects. Texture can be added through different materials and the way they are arranged in a particular room. For example, a living room can have sleek wood floors, a chunky wool area rug, paired with linen furniture. The differences in textures will be pleasing to the eye and add variation, unlike the monochromatic vibe of style such as modern.
Floors are everything. It is imperative you choose the proper material here. If you opt for tile, you are going to get more of a beachy/mediterranean feel. If you opt for carpet, you are going to achieve more of a classic feel. The best flooring materials to use for a rustic style are timber or stone. You can decrease loud noises and add a homey vibe with area rugs as well as your furniture selection.
Once you have the perfect color palette, the right flooring, and plenty of wood, the final way to achieve the rustic look will be through the addition of accessories. A great way to do this is by adding plenty of plants (no one will know if you use real ones or not!). Plants bring the outdoors inside, bringing the earthy feel full circle.
It is also fun to add antiques such as vintage grandfather clocks, ladders or window frames that can be repurposed indoors, patchwork quilts and vintage vases. When people walk in your home, they won’t get the feel that they just walked into a Pier 1 Imports, like the rest of all of their friends’ houses. Instead, they will feel as if they’ve entered a cozy, inviting place filled with character and unique style.