How to Make a Rustic Interior Design Your Family Will Love
| Lisa Sitwell
Rustic décor is one of the most popular interior designs in existence. It is at once comforting, unpretentious, and beautiful. Its focus on natural materials celebrates authenticity and creates a welcoming atmosphere. Creating a rustic interior design is all about combining beauty with function and practicality with aesthetics. Using a rustic interior design is a great way to celebrate the natural beauty of your home. Here are some great ideas that will help you create the perfect rustic design that your family will love.
What Makes Something Rustic?
Rustic is a style theme that is defined by simplicity, nature, and elements of the country or rural locales. Rustic interior design focuses on using natural materials that are fairly raw and unrefined, often with weathered or distressed finishes. A rustic theme relies on creating a sense of old-fashioned nostalgia, comfort, and warmth. A rustic interior design will often avoid straight lines as these can look mechanical and stiff. Embrace the organic and abstract imperfections within your home in order to achieve the rustic look. There are many different flavors and styles within the rustic style. You can add your unique flair to the rustic theme to make your design special to you and your family.
It’s important to remember that just because something is handmade or old, doesn’t mean it’s rustic. A piece of rustic furniture might have been purposefully designed or distressed by a factory to look old and worn, while being completely brand new.
Know Your Materials
When crafting a rustic interior design, it’s important to first do some research and learn about the materials that should be used in a rustic home. Some of the most popular materials used in rustic interior design include raw wood, stone, and metals. These materials should be arranged in a way that is intentional while also being simple, raw, and beautiful. Wood in particular will be used heavily in a rustic design, whether it’s in flooring, wood beams, or furniture. You should match the color to the kinds of wood used in furniture for a more natural look.
The decorations often used in rustic interior design will be made from the aforementioned rustic materials—wood, stone, and metal. Fabric can also be a great tool in helping you achieve the rustic look. Find comforting fabrics like with a rustic flair to add both texture and comfort to your design. Many rustic decorations will be handmade and feature people, places, or meaningful objects from their original locales. Incorporating handmade decorations into your rustic interior design will give your space a special flavor of authenticity and personality.
Nature is a key element of any rustic design. There are many ways to emphasize nature in your design plan. You could choose pieces of artwork that feature scenes of nature that are meaningful to you. You could emphasize nature by prioritizing natural lighting. You could incorporate decorations that highlight animals or plants. Making an herb garden or decorating with fresh plants is another way to emphasize nature while also adding a different texture to contrast against the dark wood materials.
Choose a Rustic Color Scheme
One of the best ways to make a beautiful rustic interior design is to decorate with a rustic color scheme. As with your materials, you should emphasize deep, natural colors. Many rustic color schemes rely on deep, warm, red colors as their primary color. Rustic neutral colors include warm golds, browns, and greys. You could consider a mustard, green, navy, or violet color for an accent in your color scheme.
If you don’t have the funds to completely repaint your house with a rustic color scheme, you can incorporate your rustic colors into your décor. Using a subtle print or plaid material can help your décor look rustic while still remaining sophisticated.
Follow Principles of Balance
Any interior designer worth their salt will follow principles of balance when creating a design. Balance will help your design be aesthetically pleasing and feel organic. One easy way to achieve balance in your designs is to follow the rule of threes. This means that in building, furnishing, or decorating, you should create groups of three items of varying sizes—small, medium, and large. Creating groups of threes will make your design be dynamic, organic, and natural. You can also use groups of five and seven as well—odd numbers work best because they present a challenge to the eye, while even numbers often seem forced and mechanical.
Rustic designs strive to evoke a sense of nostalgia and comfort in the audience. You can achieve this by creating ambience—a specific rustic character or atmosphere. There are many strategies you can use to create ambience. Lighting is perhaps the most important thing you can do to create a rustic mood. Many homes are incorrectly lighted with an overabundance of overhead light. This can make your home seem harsh, cold, and business-like instead of comfy and welcoming. To remedy this, use several types of lights to complete the look. combine overhead light with wall lights, table lamps, candles, and natural light.
Combine Aesthetics with Practicality
One of the best parts about rustic design is its focus on practicality. The rustic style is unpretentious and focuses on finding the reasons behind the presence of each item. When you create your rustic design, make sure to choose décor that is purposeful, practical, and functional. Get creative and find beautiful pieces that can work as accessories as well as pieces of art. Some décor ideas include a colorful area rug, cozy blankets to add texture, and unique furniture that is both useful and visually appealing. Try to avoid unnecessary clutter.
These ideas will help you start creating your own rustic interior design. As you get to know your materials, choose rustic decorations, find an appropriate color scheme and emphasize nature, your design will begin to take shape. Remember to follow principles of balance, create ambience, and combine aesthetics with practicality. Don’t be afraid to get creative! The sky's the limit here.
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