Rustic Interior Decorating Ideas
Nature is a wonderful decorating inspiration but your rustic decor need not look like a cabin in the deep woods. You can decorate rustic with a modern sensibility to create strong room character using rustic influences in any part of the home.
Your home may have basic rustic features without adding to it. Homes with natural wood paneling, exposed beams, unfinished wooden stair rails, ceiling fans, and wooden window frames already have rustic features. But you can add rustic features with a few design elements.
Give your front porch, door, and outdoor entry space rustic touches with colorful wreathes and door art, and yard flags. Place perennial natural displays like interesting wood, vines or rocks in decorative vases or on porch rails to give entry ways a bit of personality.
Bring rustic decor to a kitchen with a large pine or maple farm kitchen table. If you’re looking for sophisticated rustic, select a farm table with a darker finish. Natural pine color looks more rustic and should be used sparingly as it communicates cabin living rustic. A long dark farm table is a beautiful design statement in a kitchen. A large bowl of fresh fruit like lemons or apples, or a flower and fruit dried arrangement on the table is classic rustic.
Add today’s homey kitchen design themed rugs, curtains and kitchen canisters with images of prancing chickens or other whimsical designs and bring a bit of rustic design to the kitchen.
The family room is the best place to bring dominant rustic design elements. Use dark stained, heavy wood cabinets, hutches, and sideboards or even a family room bar. If you have collections of smaller table display items, the family room is where you’ll want to display them.
Family rooms tend to have additional wall space for hanging paintings or framed quilts or other rustic artwork. Consider a large focal point in the room above a fireplace to set the design tone in the space.
Bathrooms can pose a challenge to decorate rustically. Use color to impart rustic decor into a bathroom space. Several shades of complementary dark green on bathroom walls mixed with pure white or a dark or lighter shade of brown is a beautiful rustic color palette for the bath.
Window treatments in rustic spaces can take advantage of wood features like indoor panel shutters. Fabric curtains that allow for part of the window to remain uncovered, such as a half curtain or a valance. Look for small bathroom vanity storage containers that complement this decor.
Rustic Interior Design Ideas
Rustic design is all about bringing nature indoors. The use of wood is key, with the both key and accent pieces looking like they were just brought in from outside. Remember the “rough” in rustic and then layer in fabrics that will soften the hard surfaces of the wood, in a color palette that is neutral with browns and creams, or truly bring in the forest and use more brown and green.
Wall and Ceiling Details
Rustic design is all about wood elements. Imagine a log cabin and incorporate those construction ideas. Add real or faux wood beams to the ceiling of a living room or bedroom. This works best when there are very tall ceilings and angled ceilings. If you are decorating a room with wood paneling, this is one design that is reinforced with wood walls. If you are working with drywall, another option is to add a chair rail and install paneling on the lower part of the wall, usually the lower third of it. Rustic design is represented by dark colors, so don’t paint the paneling and chair rail–stain the wood instead.
Wood furniture is key in rustic resign. Look for heavy, large-scale, medium- to dark-wood furniture for accent tables and a great rustic bed. The pieces you select don’t have to be traditional in style. Instead of a traditional square cocktail table, use a tree trunk cut to show the rings in the tree. For a rustic bedroom, search for a bed with tree limb posters.
All that wood needs to be softened with fabrics. Dark, rich colors are indicative of rustic design, especially dark forest green and burgundy. Incorporate ultra suede for softness, along with cotton, tapestry in geometric patterns, and brocade, even linen. Silk is not a good choice for rustic.
Flooring and Rugs
Anchor furniture with a floor rug. Rustic floor rugs can be braided rag rugs in vivid colors or rich plush area rugs in darker colors. Some rustic style rugs even feature forest or animal motifs to really connect the room with nature.
Hang antiques on the wall, such as a wagon wheel or rusted weather vane, for a true rustic touch. Have lanterns converted into table lamps, and make your own picture frames by gluing twigs onto a store bought frame.
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