Rustic decor is great on its own for a cabin feel or to remind you of Grandma’s farmhouse. It also mixes surprisingly well into almost any other home decor. Unless, of course, your pad is space age or hardcore industrial, at which point I make no promises. Your style alliances have been made. For anyone with more traditional, glam, oriental, even Victorian, and especially modern, taste, you’re about to have a home accent therapy breakthrough.
What’s this rustic decor I’m talking up? Cow horns and barn doors? Maybe. I wouldn’t rule them out yet. The contrast it makes can be pretty amazing. Other rustic decor could include rough metal handles or hinges, lanterns, animal art or skins, cozy furniture, nature silhouettes and details, old signs or documents, and lots of wood everything. A key part of the trend is putting wood furniture into spaces where you wouldn’t expect to find it (anywhere outside Wyoming or summer cabins). Natural looking wood is the most common and most obvious element. It evokes the country life, without getting hog-tied by it.
One great example of a rustic decor re-mix is this modern loft with a wood infusion. (For more views, see the full post on Archinspire.)
The rustic decor trend isn’t just bringing back traditional wood furniture. It has popularized re-using old wood for new stuff. Beautiful old barn beams, and less beautiful wood products, get a second life when wood is reclaimed to make…ta da!… reclaimed wood furniture. (Read more about it here, or eagerly await my next post on where to but reclaimed wood furniture.) It’s a new kind of “green” wood. Happy sustainability.
Lest you get carried away, there are wrong ways to do this redecorating project. Let’s talk degrees of rustic decor, especially rustic furniture.
So subtle you’ll have to explain the look:
Sneaky, in a good way, with a re-purposed kitchen table:
Hey, cool stools:
Not for the faint of heart:
Step back! Take fifty steps back, and drop the wallet:
To get started now, adhere to basic style mixing rules. Start with the role you want from the room. Soothing bedroom? Invigorating office? Engaging living room? Different decor styles, patterns, and even materials all play a role. Learn from my months of regretting a busy red, black, and white bedroom with houndstooth and other vintage prints keeping my senses running. Rustic decor might not be what you want to wake up to, either, though it would be great to inspire adventure around a fireplace or in the den. How bold do you want to be, and how dramatic will your design re-mix seem to your family and neighbors? (Do you live in Manhattan or the Rockies?) Finally, don’t forget to factor in what the lighting and dimensions of the room will do to the pieces you pick to fill it. You don’t want huge shadows from a piece that is borderline garish or so much light a subtle accent is washed out.
Bottom line: Don’t get too big for your britches, cowpoke, but don’t be afraid to saddle up and try your hand. And run it by any housemates first.