Rustic decor is perfect for the family home. It’s a lot warmer and more inviting than a stripped back minimalist home, which can feel quite impersonal. The soft colours, interesting antique furniture, and cozy spaces will make you and your family feel comfortable and relaxed. But there is a bit of an art to rustic decor and some people get it wrong. The biggest mistake that people make is thinking that rustic decor is just about filling your home with old ornaments and bits of junk that you find in an antique shop, but that’s not the case at all. It’s important that you find a balance so you have that traditional, rustic style, but your home is still functional. Here are a few important tips that you should know if you are planning to decorate your home in a rustic style.
Use Distressed Finishes
When you are trying to create a rustic look, it’s important that you don’t make things look too new, even if they are. A brand new piece of furniture sticks out like a sore thumb if you are using a lot of antiques and reclaimed materials in your home. That’s why it’s important that you use distressed finishes on furniture and surfaces. You can get some great shabby chic furniture which is ideal for a rustic home. If you are using reclaimed materials and uncovering hardwood floors, you don’t need to be too meticulous when sanding and varnishing them.
Use A Warm Palette
When you are choosing colours, always go for warmth. Cold colours like blues and certain shades of green simply do not work in a rustic home. You need to stick to warm, autumnal colours like browns and oranges. Exposed brick is great as well, just make sure that you check the integrity of the wall to make sure that it’s safe. As a general rule, you should pick colours that are found in the natural world.
Create Open Spaces
Rustic decor is all about inviting spaces that you can share with friends and family. That’s why it’s so important that you create open spaces as much as possible. Things like open plan kitchens work great in a rustic setting and they’re ideal for big centrepieces like reclaimed wood wall panels, for example. Just make sure that you fill these open spaces with enough interesting things so they don’t look bare and uninviting.
Use Rugs On Wooden Flooring
Wooden flooring is a staple of rustic decor, and it looks amazing. If you give it a bit of care, you can bring hardwood flooring back to life, and the effect is great. However, hardwood floors can be a little cold in the winter and if you have them throughout the house, it can ruin the inviting effect that you are going for. But you can easily get around that with a few well placed rugs. They help you to warm up the hardwood floors without covering them up with carpet.
Follow these simple tips and you can create the perfect rustic aesthetic in your home.
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