The New Rustic
August 18, 2011
Hello! I love it when the day comes to feature a contributing writer! We always discuss what topic would be interesting to the readers, and this month Michelle came up with the idea of rustic style and how it’s making a comeback in a new way.
Take it away Michelle!
“What do you think of when you hear the phrase "rustic décor?" Do you think of log cabins, plaid flannel, and grizzly bear rugs? Well, think again! The current design trends in rustic décor are chic, romantic, and anything but predictable or kitschy.
Gone are those dark wood paneled walls from the seventies. These days, smart architects and designers instead think upward. Open wood beams are one way of putting natural wood on display and channeling a rustic vibe when the rest of the space is decorated with traditional or modern furnishings. The beams provide an interesting and rich contrast which draws the eye up.
Tracery Interiors, Atlanta Homes Mag
These days, rustic décor covers the design gamut, capturing a little piece of farmhouse, traditional, cottage, industrial, and vintage styles. The main element found in rustic décor is a layering of natural materials, such as of salvaged wood, river rock, glass, stone, brick, and tarnished metals.
Mixing natural woods and materials creates a comfortable, worn vibe that often causes people rethink their notions of rustic décor. Once you pair a mix of textured materials with a sophisticated color palate, you are on the road to a beautifully decorated rustic room.
One way to approach rustic design is with a romantic touch. By contrasting with softer features, rustic décor can balance well with flirty accents or modern designs.
Another way to use rustic, natural materials without overwhelming a room with the rustic theme is to pair the natural materials with turn-of-the-century industrial pieces.
Industrial décor often includes old factory furnishings, utilitarian pieces, and a lot of stainless steel. Industrial chic pieces work well with rustic décor because both styles use repurposed materials, but in different ways. The contrast of the two styles helps the distressed, rustic elements to stand out on their own in the room.
Some rustic designs beg for bold color palates, but one also has permission to create a rustic vibe with a white or neutral color palate.
If you’re looking to add a little bit of rustic décor to your home, but don’t want to commit to an entire room, it’s easy to start with a few small rustic accessories. Here are a few of my favorite DIY rustic décor projects that are relatively easy to tackle.
By attaching several salvaged fence posts together with lumber strips, you can create your own personal piece of rustic art for above your bed.
Repurpose a pallet into a headboard and pair it with antlers for a fresh take on rustic décor.
Drill a few holes through some old wooden garden stakes and loop them together with twine for a chic and practical front door entry.
Or simply hang crates on your wall and back them with decorative papers for a clever approach to storage.
shelving images via Design Sponge
For that wow factor, make a bold statement in your modern space with this clever rustic wood room divider.
Or add character to your casa with a weathered barn door.
Repurposing any kind of wood, including hardwood, driftwood, pallets or old wooden crates, is the way to add those rustic elements from nature that appeal to us all. Whether your style is traditional or contemporary, masculine or feminine, every home can incorporate a touch of rustic décor with ease. Just remember to skip the grizzly bear rug!”
Agreed Michelle! “Rustic” doesn’t mean “hunting lodge” anymore. The new rustic is the pairing of reclaimed wood and natural elements with modern pieces in a fresh new interpretation. Today, rustic has a new definition and we’re all delighted to see the design world embracing this style with creativity and enthusiasm.
What’s your take on “rustic” décor? Love it or leave it?