Friday, January 17, 2014

Rustic Inspiration for Your Home

Whether you live in a country cottage or a contemporary apartment, that longed-for rustic design is within reach. Rustic homes tend to be quite simple and timeless, taking inspiration from rural farmhouses of the past. A rustic atmosphere in your home will make it seem cosy and inviting, even on the coldest winter days. There is nothing stark of clinical about rustic designs, as they rely on natural materials and interesting, touchable textures. Don’t be afraid to allow the natural world to really be part of your home by adding bunches of flowers, branches in vases and bowls of beautiful shells or stones.

Stick with earthy tones to create the ultimate rustic feel for your home. Shades of green, tan, slate, brown, grey and amber are all recommended. If you want to add a lighter tone to a particular room, choose cream rather than white and a soft caramel rather than any acid or cold colors. Adding colour to a room doesn’t have to involve painting the walls. Try colourful lampshades, cushions or throws to introduce new tones.

Natural Materials
If you want to create a stylish and versatile rustic design in your home, the easiest way to do this is to choose natural materials. Welcome the outdoors into your property by utilizing salvaged wood and stone and making use of a variety of different textures. Remember that a rustic look can be achieved by the layering effects of fabrics, soft lighting, stripped timber and stone. Try throwing a patchwork quilt or a tartan blanket over a leather sofa to really combine textures.

Choosing Rustic Furniture
When choosing furniture, go for unusual antiques or simple wood designs, like those available from Shackletons. If you’re on a budget or don’t fancy purchasing an antique, why not ask your parents whether they have any gems hidden up in the attic? You can’t really overdo the use of wooden objects, so why not consider using logs as tables or seating? If you’re buying new furniture, go for pine in a mid to dark tone. Metal worked furniture is another attractive option, particularly when coupled with softer textures and subtle wall and floor colorings. A rustic design relies on your ability to keep all the elements in balance with one another and achieve a harmonious space.

Light it Up
For small rooms, try to light on all sides and include the ceiling, walls and flooring to make the space appear bigger. Lighting can make or break the design of a room, which is why show rooms in catalogues always look amazing even if you’re not particularly keen on the furniture in them. They have been professionally lit, and it makes a huge difference. For a rustic style think natural and plant motifs when choosing sconces, lamps and main fixtures. A warm glow is always preferable to harsh white light, so consider using darker lampshades in soft tans or caramels. Make sure every colour you choose compliments the overall ambience of your rustic home.

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