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Rustic style home decor

Have you ever found yourself staring at an image of a beautifully designed rustic home, knowing full-well that you will never be able to achieve that drool-worthy aesthetic in your own? Perhaps your new-build home possesses typical box room magnolia walls, or, maybe your space is sublimely contemporary but vacant of any sort of rustic character.

It’s a common issue raised by many frustrated homeowners who dream of a characterful, rustic home. In this post, we delve into a few key pointers to help turn your bland magnolia into enviable rustic as we answer the question: how do I make my modern home look rustic?

 

Find inspiration from rustic interiors you love

Perhaps we’re starting with the obvious. But seriously, all good interior overhauls start with some sort of inspiration. There really is no such thing as an original idea so the best place to start is to pin as many images as possible and build a mood board of what you’re looking to achieve.

Granted, not all of this will be possible due to time, money and building limitations, but it’s a start. Once you have your collection, start drilling down into the images and identify the rustic elements you like about them – is it the wall colour? The furnishings? The lighting? This will help you identify exactly what you like about your chosen style and more importantly, what you need to do to achieve it.

Rustic dining table

Image credit - @nest_twenty_eight

Scour vintage stores and reclaim yards – take your imagination with you!

Reclaim yards and second-hand stores can be a great starting point to achieving your rustic home interior look; you just need a bit of imagination. Old pieces of wood can be used as wall cladding, fire surrounds revitalised, metal boxes as storage, stone and old copper basins as sinks or unwanted furniture restored into new glory. Even a single piece can bring some much-needed quirkiness and originality to a lifeless corner of your home.

 Rustic Bedroom

Image credit - @the_indigo_house

Wood will turn your rustic dream into reality

Dare we say that it’s almost impossible to achieve a rustic interior without a heavy dose of natural wood. Wooden floors, ceiling beams, wall cladding, light fittings, lamps, tables, chairs, stools… you get the idea.

Even if you can’t go big here and replace all your carpets with wooden flooring, by styling wood as home accessories and particularly furniture will add character and help you achieve the look. Keep wood colours light and untreated so they maintain as much of their natural character as possible - think driftwood over antique mahogany and you get the idea.

Rustic bar stool with backrest

Stoker rustic bar stool - £129

Choose earthy colours and rustic home accessories

Put down the red feature wall! Trust us, it is not going to work. Instead, think earthy rustic colours; terracotta; rusty browns; metallic brass; antique bronze - natural materials that add depth and warmth to your space.

Don’t forget to incorporate this into your accessories too. Lighting, mirrors, vases and planters in similar warm, earthy colours all help to achieve the rustic look.

 Rustic Pendant Lights

Cu Chi Rustic Pendant Lights - Medium - £95 / Large - £130

Decorate with natural materials

Quite simply, ditch the chrome. There is no room for that if you’re trying to achieve a rustic home interior. The rustic trend centres on keeping things natural, and that should be reflected in your accessories as much as possible.

Raw natural fibres such as jute and hessian are perfect accompaniments for this style of home since their colours are in-keeping with the earthy tones you are looking to achieve. Rugs, pouffes, cushions and even furniture in these types of fabrics help to soften the room whilst promoting a rustic environment.

 Rustic jute pouffe

Loco Rustic Jute Pouffes - White - £115 / Grey - £115

Use a variety of materials to achieve a rustic interior design

The most stunning rustic interiors combine a variety of materials to extenuate character. Many are lucky enough to have existing raw brick walls, original wooden floors or vintage tiled flooring to work with. But don’t despair if you don’t. It is so easy and simple to install your own, with an abundance of colours, materials, textures and varieties on the market today. Choose from the plethora of brick slip varieties, ceiling tiles, floor tiles and woods that are readily available to help you create your own rustic look. 

Modern Rustic Bathroom

Image - Vaunt Design

Modern rustic loves industrial design

For a stylish approach to the trend, it’s important to recognise the subtle nuances. There’s a difference between country farmhouse rustic and modern rustic, and much of that is based on design. Modern rustic embraces elements if the industrial trend; think live edge wood, raw unfinished metals and clean lines. Stay clear of colourful decorative finishes and instead, incorporate simple designs with an industrial edge that allow for the materials to shine.

 

Rustic wall mirror, black

Lincoln Landscape Mirror - £155

Choose patterns carefully

Florals and decorative designs a-la Cath Kidston might suit a country house, but for contemporary rustic scenes it’s best to stay clear. Geometric and herringbone work great for textiles and throws, and faux fur ads an elegant Scandi vibe to your surroundings.

Another way to incorporate pattern is to juxtapose it with materials and colours. Select a subtly decorative pattern etched into raw metal for a stylish contrast and helping to soften the industrial style into something more suited to a home setting. 

 Large Rustic Pendant Light

Kerala Moroccan Lamp Shade - £185

Leave no surface untouched

A key similarity in many rustic interiors is that the style extends across every inch of the room, and it’s an important point to consider when you’re looking to achieve the rustic look. A couple of highly rustic accessories are unlikely to give the desired effect when paired with a baby pink thick-pile carpet. All elements of the room need to be joined together and it’s often the larger surfaces that have the most impact. Concentrate on getting floor coverings and wall colours right, as these will set the tone for all other items to follow.

 Rustic style bathroom

 Image credit - @melaniejadedesign

Imagine your modern rustic home as a blank canvas

Look back at those images you saved in point 1. Do they all have something in common? Do all the rooms have walls, a floor and a ceiling? Probably. Highly likely. Assuming you also have those elements there really is no reason you cannot achieve the same rustic effect in your own home. You just need to think outside the box and be creative with the space that you do have. Have fun experimenting and enjoy creating your modern rustic home interior.

 

 

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