5 Tips to Create a Rustic Home Design

Your home is a place that provides comfort and relaxation, especially at the end of a busy and stressful day. This is why its interiors should be designed not only to bring out your personality, but also to evoke coziness that can help alleviate the day’s worries. A rustic design is a great way to achieve this, as it brings the simplicity and beauty of the outdoors inside your home.

5 Tips to Create a Rustic Home Design

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Below are some ideas that can help you achieve a rustic look and feel to your home.

1. Choose a color theme

Start by selecting a color theme to ensure coordination of your home décor and design. Often, the rustic looks borrows earthy tones that remind you of nature. Brown, green, tan, rust, and gray are perfect base tones that you can accentuate with shades of caramel and cream. The perfect combination of colors helps to present the design, and can fill a space with warmth.

5 Tips to Create a Rustic Home Design

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2. Use wood

What better way to bring the outdoors in than by using wood? Whether it is wooden floors, wooden walls, or antique furniture, wood is an important element in achieving a rustic design. Having an important piece of antique wood furniture can also serve as the focal point in any given room, thus bringing about that rustic style that you’re aiming for.

3. Add texture

Equally important to the color of any given wall or furniture is the texture. The right texture used on the right surface can provide varying visual effects. Utilizing paint effects and different layers of fabrics and finishing are a great way to add texture to your living space. This can surely help you achieve that outdoorsy look and feel in your home.

5 Tips to Create a Rustic Home Design

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4. Choose floor material wisely

Pay attention to the type of material used for your floor. Ideally, opt for stone or timber. Hardwood floors are attractive as well, and the look can be accentuated with the right kind of rugs.

5. Accessorize

Interesting accessories can greatly enhance any type of home or room design, and can add that unique sense of individuality any homeowner wants to show off. This can be achieved by using furniture and knick-knacks such as old grandfather clocks and vintage vases. Soften hardwood or stone floors by using woven rugs of interesting design and color. For curtains and furniture covers, use fabrics that can add more depth and character. Patchwork quilts work great for rustic home designs and can be used in a variety of ways.

5 Tips to Create a Rustic Home Design

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As more and more people are on the lookout for ways to improve their quality of life and living, going back to basics is a great direction in more ways than one. Rustic-styled homes are just one of the many ways to incorporate the vibrance of nature into our daily lives. With proper planning, a rustic-styled home can be obtained quite easily through the perfect balance of the outdoors and your own personal style.

 

About the author: Angie Cole is a fan of everything vintage and admires true old-world craftsmanship. She is a fan of Antiques on Old Plank Road, a furniture shop that imports and restores European quality antique and vintage pieces.

By Angie Cole

5 Different Decorating Styles: How to Find Yours

5 Different Decorating Styles: How to Find Yours

Choosing a decorating style is not something to rush or consider lightly. Every purchase you make while selecting furniture and décor has to reflect the style you choose, and you don’t want to start questioning your decision halfway through the decorating process. Before you start furnishing your home, use our guide to narrow down your unique decorating style and feel confident in your final decision.

5 Different Decorating Styles: How to Find Yours

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Your style is Rustic if…

You’d rather live outdoors if you could and you tend to choose natural colors and materials over others. The simpler things in life make you the happiest, and you’ve never once been accused of being to be too “over the top.”

5 Different Decorating Styles: How to Find Yours

Your style is Eclectic if…

Your goal in life is to have as many interesting experiences as possible. Breaking the rules has never been an issue, and you prefer buying clothes at yard sales or thrift shops where you can find unique items. Most importantly, you hate being too matchy-matchy.

5 Different Decorating Styles: How to Find Yours

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Your style is Coastal if…

A simple and clean space makes you feel the most relaxed. You love the color white, and an ideal vacation is obviously somewhere near the ocean. The good news is: even if you don’t live anywhere near the water, you can still create a coastal-style home.

5 Different Decorating Styles: How to Find Yours

Your style is Transitional if…

You’re never one extreme or the other and you prefer to be somewhere always in the middle. The transitional style is a mixture of contemporary and traditional that allows you to enjoy a home that is never neither too fussy nor too bold. For you, the transitional look is just right.

5 Different Decorating Styles: How to Find Yours

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Your style is Contemporary if…

Frills and clutter are the absolute worst. You like abstract works of art or bright, bold graphics. If you like open spaces and to always keep things simple, the contemporary style is perfect for you.

So what’s your decorating style? Let your personality help you decide.

By Wendy Weinert