The weathered or rustic look may hearken back to simpler times, but it doesn’t have to mean old-fashioned. It is a timeless look that even now is very contemporary.
Simple unadorned elegance
Ski-lodge comfort to farmhouse charm, rustic style brings together the best elements from Mother Nature to create a relaxed, inviting space.
Knock on Wood
When it comes to rustic decor, you can never have too much wood—from architectural features like exposed beams and hardwood floors to furniture fashioned from oak, pine, or maple.
Warm, earth-tone neutrals like brown, beige, tan, gray, and black form the foundation for rustic decor. Add pops of color with accents like throw pillows or picture frames in natural hues—think autumn leaves, red clay, or evergreen trees. Plus, incorporating a variety of different wood grains keeps a rustic look from becoming monotone.
Bring the Outdoors In
Brick walls, stone fireplaces, and slate countertops may be ideal rustic accents, but you can easily add natural elements without a major remodel. Bring in a cowhide rug and antlers, craft a DIY twig vase, or display birch logs in a basket. And for the ultimate back-to-nature vibe, fill your home with a wide range of potted plants.
Rough Around the Edges
Rustic style feels a little undone—think reclaimed wood, fabrics like jute or nubby linen, or perhaps a rusty sign or farm tool on the wall. Anything sleek or shiny will feel out of place in a rustic space.
Built to Last
From solid wood dressers to sturdy leather couches, rustic furniture stands the test of time. Feel free to mix new pieces in rustic styles with vintage finds from flea markets or weekend antiquing trips.
Rustic is the ultimate no-stress decorating style. Marks of wear and tear add personality, so you never have to worry about furniture suffering from cat-scratch fever. From knots in wood grain to cracks in leather, imperfections are perfectly ok. Rustic decor is like fine wine—it gets better with age.
A Feel for It
Create a cozy mood with a mix of tactile elements—southwestern blankets to faux fur pillows, sheepskin rugs to wicker baskets.
No two rustic rooms will ever be exactly alike—so curate a space that’s uniquely yours. Repurpose an old trunk as a coffee table, mix and match dining room chairs, or display photos in a weathered window frame. Embrace your inner crafty self.
You don’t need a cabin in the woods or family farmhouse to pull off the rustic look. With these tips, you can bring the ideal blend of nature and nostalgia home—no matter where you live.
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