A Guide to Achieving the Rustic Look for Your Home

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The rustic look has been a timeless design that doesn’t feel dated when done well. Lately, we see a lot of modern elements perfectly intertwined with the rustic look so that people can still enjoy their flat-screen TVs and Alexa hubs while keeping an aesthetic that feels grounded, homey, and airy. Aside from keeping the space open, you’ll want to incorporate the following if you’re going to achieve the look:

Make use of a lot of wood.

If there’s something that will tie the whole thing together to give that rustic feel, it’s going to be your use of wood. From the furniture pieces you use to the wall panels and flooring that you have, this can be the clincher. Going aged can even bring out this aesthetic further, so don’t be afraid to go for reclaimed lumber and using repurposed things in your design.

You’ll want to keep this theme throughout the home, correctly connecting the interior areas to the outdoors. If you have an exterior space, make use of composite decking installation so that you can still achieve that deep wood look without being as susceptible to wear and tear from outside elements. Composite lumber still uses wood but mixes it with other materials so that it’s denser and more durable, which is what you’ll want if your deck is particularly exposed to changing weather.

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Stick to earth tones for your color scheme

The pillars of this design call for colors that evoke natural themes and feel relaxing. For that, the best palette will be in the realm of earth tones. You can use this to guide you when picking out furniture, but you can also be less restrictive in that zone if you effectively implement this color scheme in your paint. From the flooring to the walls and ceiling, this can provide you an excellent base that informs the impression of the whole space.

There are different paints you can choose from, and you can go from reds and greens to blues and grays, but some popular tones that people opt for include deep Rockwood red, neutral beige with a hint of gold, light gray, and Peruvian violet matched with deep gray-green.

Integrate nature into your design pieces

The pillars of rustic design are the natural elements within. Go for organic materials when choosing how to furnish your space. It’s easier to pick out the big things like chairs and tables, and for those that you can even stick to wood, but you can go a little more in-depth with everything from decorative art, wall hangings, lamps, and the like.

Add some plant life, stone, glass, burlap, and things in that realm. Aside from the colors you use, it’s the materials that bring it all together. Your modern-day TV box is more forgivable for the design if you can perch it on a woven stand or something in that vein. With the right fibers and such, these can be the final touches you need to complete the look.

It’s quite an achievable aesthetic if you take the time for it, and it’s easier to achieve since rustic design lends itself to reusing items and incorporating the used, reclaimed, and the antique.

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