The rustic look brings the exterior into the interior of your home. The look is heavy on stone, leather, and wood. You might be reminded of a lodge or farmhouse. The modern rustic look also adds modern elements to offset the heavy look of rustic interior design. Mixing the two styles improves them both and gives your home a comfortable and a modern look.
Rustic style is heavy on wood and stone. You are going to find wood floors, wood beams, and the walls are often paneled in wood. Heavy wood and leather furniture that looks like it belongs in a lodge are going to fit in well with the rustic style.
You will find stone elements in the fireplace and in exposed stone walls. You can also bring in stone elements through different accessories like stone sculptures and tabletop items. The natural look is going to continue through a rustic home with leather and natural fabrics.
Leather couches have a strong rustic look while cowhide works as a floor covering and it also looks good on chairs. Linen, cotton, and sisal are also found in rustic homes. Steer clear of flowery patterns and patterns that are complicated. You want simple fabrics that are plain or have subtle patterns. Sheepskin pillows and throws provide you with a warm look that is also cozy.
Bring in a modern element by allowing lots of light into the home. Skip the window coverings or use minimal window coverings to maximize the natural light that comes in through the windows. Bare windows will also make the connection between the inside and the outside stronger.
Wood floors and a fireplace add a welcoming feel to the rustic home while the comfortable couches add an inviting place to sit and talk and get warm by the fire. Add a rustic look to the walls by hanging skull and antler wall art or paintings of nature scenes in thick wood frames. If you don’t have wood paneled walls, paint the walls white or another neutral color to offset the heaviness of the wood. White walls are modern and they work well with a rustic interior.
The right accessories are going to be important in a rustic home. Accessories made from natural materials are best. Turned wood candlestick holders and bowls, woven baskets of branches, stone figurines, and interesting bones are going to work well with the rustic look. You want accessories that are strong and bold and really make a statement.
The delicate look doesn’t work in a modern home. Aim for boldness. Avoid bright colors and don’t use shiny metal. This means no stainless steel or chrome.
Larger pieces give you a sense of scale and you can experiment with sectionals and large wood dining tables that make a statement and are going to give your rooms weight. Rustic interior design is natural and easy to live in. Comfort is a priority and so is living with nature.