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The Rustic Decor Guide: How To Welcome Rugged Natural Beauty Into Your Home

Refreshingly simple yet strikingly bold, rustic decor is ideal for those who appreciate style which is ruggedly beautiful. A world away from the ultra-modern, rustic decor encapsulates the cosy, stripped-back appeal of organic materials and shapes. Evoking the feel of a simpler time, it features rich, earthen colours, natural textures, and the repurposing of objects which allows for a unique and elementary creativity in your home. To create the look, there are some key aspects of rustic decor that your need to know.

1. Rough-Hewn Beams

What:

Boldly crowning a room with majestic beauty, wooden beams set the overall scene of your rustic decor. Defining the space with a rugged architectural frame, these dense beams are an archetype of rustic log cabins set traditionally amidst snow-swept forests.

How:

Leaving the beams rough and unpolished will create a feel of untouched natural beauty; staining them a deeper tone of brown and adding a coat of polish will invoke a slightly more sleek, modern feel. Likewise, the texture of your walls will further denote the style of your space: smooth, glossy white walls will contrast the organic appeal of the beams, whilst matte paint and textured wallpapers in warm earthen hues will enhance the bucolic vibe of the space.

Style inspiration:

Wooden beams can also be used to delineate doorways and large windows, embolden a fireplace, or can even be placed vertically along walls for a contemporary take on beaming.

2. The Rough With The Smooth

What:

Whilst rugged, unpolished elements (referred to as patina style) are a key feature of the rustic look, overdoing this can actually spoil the finished product and make the space appear unkempt: getting the balance right is the key. Amidst the array natural colours and rugged textures and forms, some clean, defined finishes should peep through.

How:

Combine reclaimed woods, distressed metals and waved glass to set a rustic vibe in the space, and make use of glossed, sleek surfaces to contrast and sharpen up the look. Allow the country notes to dominate the space by keeping sharp, smooth cabinets and shelves simple, and go for furnishings which retain a rough profile.

Style inspiration:

Don’t dilute the rustic charm of the space with too many sharp, over-tailored pieces of furniture: allow organic forms to be the dominant element of the room, with occasional sleeker elements accenting the space.

3. A Country Vibe

What:

With rugged elements of wood, stone and metal forming the foundation of the space, a country vibe within complementing decor furnishings will enhance the rustic style. Likewise, repurposed objects echo this vibe.

How:

Go for textured, durable fabrics in Ikkat prints which resonate a ranch appeal, such as wool, burlap and cotton; avoid delicate fabrics including lace and silks, as these textiles do not fit in with the rustic style. Utilise repurposed objects to complement the country vibe: think old pails used as a distressed sink, chunky shutters adorning the sides of bathroom mirrors, and ornamental horse shoes combined with hooks for hanging clothes on the back of a door.

Style inspiration:

To avoid the antiquated feel associated with the traditional calico look, try quilts and throws which combine bold stripes of different colours, or gingham checks in various shades of the same colour.

4. An Earthen Palette

What:

Rustic style is underpinned by a rich yet organic palette: it incorporates the hues of bark, stone and soil alongside occasional hints of deep jewels, select pastels, or primary colours.

How:

Allow the warm, earthy colours to set the rustic scene in your space: shades of deep mahogany, oak and teak alongside slate and pebble grey, with accents of charcoal. Add splashes of colour to bring the rustic charm alive, but stick to traditional shades as opposed to electric, ultra-modern tones.

Style Inspiration:

Enhance the familiar, rustic ranch vibe using classic colours: think coca cola red, faded denim blue, and soft, golden yellow.

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