Not everyone dreams of a sleek modern interior with perfect finishes and contemporary furniture. In fact the rustic look is making a big splash right now in home decor and in many ways reflects the shifts in some parts of society towards a more simplistic life. Many people are rebelling against the big city lifestyle and retreating in the direction of self sufficiency, growing and rearing their own food and learning skills that were on the verge of dying out.
Even if you’re not ready to go the whole hog and embrace the rural lifestyle, you might still want to introduce a bit of the rustic feel into your decor. Regardless of whether you live in a sprawling farmhouse in the country or have a tiny apartment in the city, it’s an easily achievable look.
Natural Textiles Canvas Art
A fantastic and simple way to instantly add a rustic touch to your home decor is to switch up your artwork, or if you’re working with bare walls, install some. Perhaps you want something that will invoke the feeling of the rural setting where rustic decor is most associated with, in which case an outdoor scene like this Green Forest Iceland Canvas will be perfect. Or maybe you’d prefer to invoke rustic feelings in a more abstract way, our natural textures range will be ideal to do this.
If there’s one thing that’s most associated with the rustic look, it’s that feeling of something being well worn and lived in. Vintage furniture can provide that essence without the need to wait years for your furniture to age naturally. There are so many different ways to source vintage furniture, from online marketplaces and auctions, to thrift stores and yard sales. It’s important to make sure you get the balance right between old looking and threadbare though, no one wants to overstep that line.
Wood in itself is a big element of the rustic look and can be used in loads of different aspects of your home decor. Wooden kitchen cupboards and work surfaces, wall cladding, flooring, and furniture all make a real impact, but rather than purchasing polished, lacquered, or varnished wood, go for unfinished instead. You can still make it durable and ensure it looks great by applying natural finishes like beeswax or oils to it, but start off with the raw product and go from there.
Stone is one of the oldest and most versatile materials known to man, which is why it compliments a rustic interior so well. You can use it for virtually anything, but by simply adding a few stone accessories you’ll lend a space the air you’re trying to create. Think decorative stone ornaments like vases, coasters, and bowls.
Some DIY Crafts
One of the best ways to give your home a rustic look is to do it yourself and get crafty. Making your own house items out of natural materials can be simple and quick and yet wield striking results. You can try your hand at everything from soft furnishings to hardware and there is plenty of inspiration on the internet that will set you on the right path.