First things first. Even if you already love it, are you wondering if the rustic design style will continue to be a thing?
According to the following interior design websites (hgtv.com, foyr.com), the answer is... YES!
Here are 4 reasons why the rustic design style and the rustic home live on.
A Rustic Design Style
...gives off a comfortable, welcoming, feel, and, let’s face it, we all love to be comfortable in our own homes! (“Don’t Touch!” areas should be minimal.)
...can be pretty inexpensive and fairly easy to create simplicity. (But you can also go crazy if that’s your thing.)
...can be implemented in just one room or multiple. Your choice.
...is a fun look to go for! Searching for rustic items is as easy as going outside to bring in a bit of nature or conveniently shopping online...which brings me to...
...isn’t something we can really get away from even if we wanted to. Whether you live in an urban area or out in the sticks, we can find at least a little bit of nature wherever we go. It’s all around us!
"We shape our homes and then our homes shape us."
- Winston Churchill
What Exactly is a Rustic Design Style?
Although there are a few things a rustic feel is not (cluttered, synthetic fibers, plastics), there are plenty of general elements that define what a rustic home vibe is.
In a rustic home, many emphases are made on being "nature-inspired"; bringing the outdoors in.
And an important thing to remember about the following ideas is that they’re just ideas; use your own God-given creativity and imagination instead of feeling confined to rigid decorating rules.
Shape Your Home
Some homes are already shaped to naturally give off a more rustic home vibe (stone walls, exposed bricks, reclaimed wood beams in the ceiling, a shiplap wall). These are definitely great features that give you a head start on making your space a comfortable place to hang.
But having your dream farmhouse isn’t in the plans. What now?
Keeping a few of these general (and simple) perspectives in mind for home decor will give your place more rustic charm in no time! The good news is that you really don't have to start saving up for a farmhouse and a barn. Just remember these points. (The last one is my personal fave.)
A lot of emphasis is made on the "natural" - bringing bits of the outdoors in.
8 Simple Ideas for a More Rustic Vibe
Neutral, light-colored walls
White, Cream/Ivory, Gray are great neutral options
Keep it clean... and simple
Soft burlap curtains create a natural, holistic feel to each window
Organic cotton or linen throw, table runner, and/or accent pillows are great choices
Enjoy a variety of fabrics in your living room, bedroom, dining room, or all of the above!
Rustic Design Has Feelings too...as in TEXTURES
Think chunky fabrics, nubby area rugs
Jute, sisal, cotton, or wool are great accent rugs for any room’s floor
A funky, chunky knitted blanket is an absolute must-have!
Real Wood Home Decor Accents (Handcrafted is best)
Stay with mostly neutral colors; keep the few earthy accents of color to a minimum
REALLY get close to nature with a glass container. (Watching the roots develop would be interesting and educational.)
Wood, terra cotta, and stone planters
Matchy-Matchy is a No-No
Relaaaax. Allow yourself to express the different sides of your personality through the impression of your home.
A Few More "Around the House" Ideas to Add to Your Rustic Home
Incorporate a few of these items for a more rustic vibe:
Wrought Iron Pieces - Moss Decor - Natural Accents (twigs in a vase)
Natural Slate - Exposed Bark - Floral Accents (fresh flowers on the coffee table)
Glass Mason Jars - Twine - Antlers (if they're fake, they have to look real)
Petrified Wood Pieces - Clay or Stone Dishes (remember to keep 'em neutral in color)
Is Vintage Rustic or Rustic Vintage?
The short answer is: Maybe and sometimes.
Most vintage home decor gives off a warm and cozy feel...maybe because it's been around for a while and we wish we could hear its life story.
It is often considered chic to have a few vintage items in your home. But unless the vintage decor is made of a natural element (wood, fabric, etc.) it's not really rustic where the focus is more on the "natural".
Not all rustic is vintage. Because vintage usually refers to items more than 20 years old, not every natural piece (wood, floral elements, chunky fabric, etc.) has been around that long.
As you begin to pull a few of these ideas together, remember not to worry too much about how things look. Focus more on how they feel texture-wise or make you feel mood-wise. Aim for an overall sense of more comfort, less perfection.
Creating and maintaining a relaxing (and welcoming) atmosphere is the real goal.
Making any change in our lives and homes takes time. Try not to sprint to the end. Instead, take your time, stop to smell the roses (literally), and enjoy shaping your home with rustic vibes!
For tips on creating your own beautiful summer tablescape (pictured above), visit our blog, How to Decorate a Summer Table, by Rustic Red Door interior designer, Jen Fanucci.
Rustic Red Door Co. is a family-owned and operated custom furniture and decor business in southeast Pennsylvania. We pride ourselves on high-quality wooden products made to last from generation to generation. If you're looking for custom-designed furniture, contact us with your ideas or to get started!