If you’re a lover of natural beauty, you probably love a rustic style. Emphasizing earthy color, and rugged, natural textures when decorating, can transform your abode from a cold, bog-standard ‘house’ to a warm, welcoming and cozy ‘home’.
There’s nothing quite like soothing earthy colors. Painting your walls pastel shades of beige, orange, grey and green sets the foundation for a snug rustic home. You can mix these up by having a stand out feature wall, with a bolder yet warming shade, offering contrast and a focal point for the room.
Furniture and props
A great thing about rustic interior design is that you can fill your home with beautiful handmade furniture for a minimal cost. Rustic style is all about wood, texture and recycled materials. There are several really gorgeous items that you can make from your home, using bits that you may find lying around in the backyard. There is a use for everything! Even old wooden ladders can come in handy; making wine racks, blanket racks or photo displays. With just a bit of sanding down and a lick of paint, you can create something fabulous to be proud of. If you don’t have anything useable lying around, you can find excellent pieces of furniture awaiting new loving homes in most thrift shops.
The addition of wall art or decorations makes a house a home. This is your chance to get super personal and put a real you-shaped stamp on it! Whether you like sayings and quotes, quirky excessive shelving, or an abundance of rustic wedding picture frames on your walls, keeping to earthy colors and wood will continue the natural theme of your home. Again, you can upcycle old, unused frames or timber to create perfect personalized features to hang with pride, made just the way you want them. You can also find some brilliant rustic-looking clocks around, which can make a lovely addition to a room.
Much of the rustic theme includes items that are authentic, being handmade or at least made to look homemade. There are plenty of quick and easy crafty bits to prepare for your home. Why not add a knitted sweater to a plain old vase to spruce it up a little? Mason jars are great for a whole host of uses such as soap dispensers, toothbrush holders, as well as for pretty storage pots. Wicker baskets also make a fantastic addition to a rustic home, providing another attractive storage option. Old-fashioned lanterns and low hanging ceiling lights make for stunning light sources in a rustic home.
Finally, adding unique ornaments throughout your home can accentuate the homely feel. Thrift shops are often brilliant places to search for little-hidden treasures to adorn those empty window panes, as well as most interior design stores which have a rustic section. To complete the look, and have a truly homely home, never go without a vase or two of fresh cut flowers!
And now, sit back and enjoy your beautiful, naturally inspired, rustic home.