Decorating your own home with rustic country home decor or even a single room can be an extremely fun project. With recent developments in technology, more and more people are taking a turn towards traditional interior design that allows them to escape the digital pressures from work, and focus on family communication.
It goes without saying that many countryside dwellers are maintaining their rustic decor to suit the demeanor and heritage of their home, but more city homes are installing more traditional style decor and furniture to lessen the contemporary edge that many city homes have adopted.
In rustic country home decor, wood is your best friend. It’s a natural material that is easily found in the countryside.
It’s also durable that makes it a great material for hardworking countryside homes, and family homes with children running around.
Wood can be used in almost all of your furniture, your kitchen cabinets and surfaces, doors, windows, and shelving.
Any color or style of wood works best, but for a very rustic style, you might want to sand any wood so it’s untreated and raw, and any wood with lots of knots is truly rustic.
Other natural materials, especially stone, are popular and will make a great addition to a rustic home. People are often scared that stone won’t keep a home warm without any insulation, but country homes with traditional back boilers or gas will heat the entire home fast.
Just keep an eye on those energy bills! You can also purchase superficial wall cladding in brick and stone to give the impression of an exposed wall, but one that won’t give you as much exposure to the elements if you live in cooler climates.
Untreated and un-sanded stone works best; its rough edges give your home a quirky countryside style and it works as a feature in itself.
Clay tiles for flooring or wall decoration will also turn a plain and simple wall or floor into a rustic country feature.
Rustic home decor has had a renaissance in recent years with the “shabby chic” trend. As we know, fashions come and go but this trend in particular is showing longevity. It’s very much open to interpretation, as the best trends always are, but its focus on vintage and worn furniture, mismatched prints, neutral and pastel colors and emphasis on entertaining and dining is a perfect match for rustic style homes.
Shabby chic is an amalgamation of glamorous, kitsch, and dainty features, and worn and rustic furniture.
As for color, anything goes in rustic country home decor, but for added authenticity, you should stick to neutral tones or tones that are slightly warm or cool that can be neutralized.
When you’re planning your color palette, don’t forget to consider your harder feature such as walls and fireplaces, as the color of these can make an impact on your room.
Cream and white are great neutralizers and won’t make the room feel empty as long as you include plenty of decorative items and textures.