Rustic is a broad term that’s used to describe the rural home decor. Though the concept has plenty of variations, there are a few common characteristics that most rustic homes share. Typically, rustic decor features natural materials. You’ll often see teak outdoor furniture, timber floors and a stone fireplace. You might also see other decorative items such as antique cookware, ornate rugs and repurposed crates.
This humble, country-side style of living provides a sense of homeliness that can help you relax and clear your mind. Indeed, it’s a welcome respite from the hustling and bustling atmosphere of city life.
But how do you successfully turn your home into a rustic haven? Well, in this blog, we’re going to help you develop a home that evokes warm and friendly energy.
Here are four tips to create a rustic living space.
Use wooden furniture
Wooden furniture is one of the staples of a rustic space. It creates a casual aesthetic that’s very charming and welcoming. Since you can also use timber for your tables, flooring and walls, wooden furniture is very easy to match. You won’t have to worry about it being out of place or standing out like a sore thumb.
In terms of what type of wood to buy, teak is probably your best bet. The reclaimed teak is durable, low maintenance and features a beautiful honey-brown hue. Even better, as teak ages, it transitions into this silvery patina grey. This adds depth to your home’s color scheme and helps enhance the rustic atmosphere by showing signs of aging and weathering.
Teak is also naturally weather-resistant. It can resist a good amount of moisture and withstand high and low temperatures. Rain or shine, teak is the perfect material for rustic outdoor living spaces.
Use more earthy colors
Earthy tones include browns, greys as well as muted oranges, reds and yellows. Essentially, any color that you might see in the soil or on rocks can be considered earthy. Since these colors aren’t too loud, they are perfect for creating a warm atmosphere that’s comforting and settling.
The good news is most natural materials already have these hues. Natural timber and stones will almost always have earthy hues. So, if you have teak furniture and a stone fireplace, you’ve likely already achieved this aesthetic.
However, if you’re buying decorative items such as cushions, rugs and placemats, you need to be careful about the hues that you choose. You don’t want the colors to be too far from the earth tones that you already have. At the same time, you also don’t want them to be too similar.
A good way to get around this is to vary the values of your colors. In visual art, values refer to how dark or light a color is. So, if you already have a lot of browns in your living space, why not add darker accents of the same hue? This will give your visual variety while also maintaining that rustic color scheme.
Add a fireplace
To get a fully rustic experience, you need to get a fireplace in your living room. The fireplace is often seen as a place of comfort and respite. It’s where people drink hot coffee and share stories during cold winters. It provides literal warmth and gives you a place to gather with friends and family at night.
You can also add a variety of things to the fire if you want it to release a nice aroma. You can add dried cedar branches, fruit peels or cinnamon sticks. You also can use apple wood if you prefer a sweet-smelling burn.
That being said, it’s important to note that fireplace smoke can be harmful if you’re exposed to it for too long. Because of this, it’s worth considering a gas fireplace, an eco-friendlier alternative that doesn’t release harmful by-products.
Buy and display antiques
For finishing touches, you can purchase and display antiques. Antiques come in many forms. You can get vintage barware, like openers, corkscrews or old beer bottles. Another exciting subcategory of antiques are vintage books. If you have the budget, an old edition of a classic novel or anthology would be a great addition to any rustic home.
But perhaps you just want something that reminds you of your childhood. If that’s the case, you might want to try and find antique clocks, drawers, silverware or cookware that you used to see at your grandparents’ house.
Antiques offer more than just aesthetics. Each item has a story to tell and hearkens back to a specific period of time. For those who remember that time, the antiques might help them recall forgotten visuals, sounds, smells and emotions.
Hopefully, this gave you a better sense of what makes a rustic home rustic. Since the concept is more about creating an intimate atmosphere rather than following strict aesthetic rules, you can personalize your home in a variety of ways and still achieve a rustic feeling. At the end of the day, it’s about how comfortable you are in your own home. So, use this list as a guide, but don’t be afraid to experiment in new and exciting ways.