There’s something warm and inviting about interiors with a rustic edge, which is one of the main reasons why this particular décor style is so popular today. The combination of dark wooden features, mixed with rich colours and traditional details gives an overall austere look that adds great character to any room. Rustic décor is both timeless and classic, as well as very easy to incorporate into your own home. By following these simple yet effective design tips, you’ll have your own rustic style living room that’s homely and cosy.
Bold Wooden Features
The main element that really emphasises the rustic feel within this décor style is dark wood. You often find that oak is the most popular material to use within rustic décor, with its deep colour and unique character. There are many different ways in which you can incorporate oak into your interiors and when it comes to rustic décor, you can never really have too much oak. One of the most popular ways to introduce oak into the décor is through the flooring. Dark, solid oak flooring is the perfect way to set the tone within the room, creating a bold base for you to dress with stunning rustic oak furniture and richly coloured finishing touches. Not only will the oak flooring stand out and look the part, but it is also durable and easy to maintain.
Rustic interiors are well known for their shabby chic feel and distressed finishes, which is why bringing in antiques is so beneficial to this trend. Antique furniture is always going to carry a distressed, tired look that will enhance your rustic décor and make the room feel warm and homely. You often find that wooden furniture pieces are ideal for rustic décor, especially oak tables, sideboards and even dressers that may have scratches or dents from general wear and tear. These slight faults in the material add extra character and show just how much the piece has experienced throughout the years. You can also look at other antique pieces such as candelabras, vintage mirrors and books from previous generations that will really add to the overall look and feel of the room.
Nice and Natural
Whilst rich, dark materials are ideal for the furniture and bolder features within the room, introducing lighter, natural materials help to add a more homely, personal touch. Using items such as throws, cushions, rugs and curtains to finish off the room is perfect as it creates a warm and welcoming atmosphere. Materials such as leather, faux fur, linen and burlap work really well and are also really comfortable for living areas. Accessorising your furniture, such as a soft leather sofa, with a thick throw and a stylish cushion will create the perfect spot to sit back and relax, there are plenty of ways to create rustic oak furniture, even if you start off with pieces that don’t seem old or distressed.
When it comes to selecting the lighting for your rustic style living room, there are so many different options to choose from. Rustic living areas are often much darker in order to create that cosy, warm feel. Allow as much natural light to filter through the room as possible, as this will help keep the décor fresh and bright throughout the daytime. Introducing plenty of lamps around the room will help to keep a nice balance of light throughout the room once the sun has gone down, as the darker colours used for this décor style and result in the room feeling darker than normal.
One of the first thing many people think of when they imagine rustic décor is grand open fires and candles dotted around an oak filled room. Introducing a log burning stove or fireplace to your living area will certainly help to enhance the rustic feel, as well as make the room really cosy and relaxing. You can also look at adding some candles to the room, which will help keep the atmosphere warm and welcoming.
What is your top tip for making a place look more rustic?
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