Think rustic, and you might imagine a wooden ski lodge or historic, half-timbered home. Rustic design doesn’t have to involve chunky, dark timber, thick lines or even a roaring fire. Re-use old furniture, rummage around the antiques and avoid the over-polished look. Keeping weathered wood, hand-stitched fabrics and a cosy frame in mind, rustic designs create a feeling of warmth and love, evoking the phrase ‘the home is where the heart is'.
Create your own rustic interior staples. Celebrate a high-trussed ceiling by adding faux-stone wallpaper and dark wooden flooring. Throw in industrial pendant lights, a winding pipe extractor fan and bold steel fridge, keeping an element of surprise with Victorian chairs and a gramophone. A large wall feature, like this room’s star, works with Moroccan-style tiling panels for an eclectic interior.
Design your lounge in the rustic farmhouse style. Using a base colour palette of white paint and wood, construct a crockery cabinet with intricate edges. Upholster your couch in gingham, scattering patterns across your lounge in chair upholstery, cushions, rugs and throws. To introduce a travelled look, accessorize with ethnic fixtures in a large serving platter, African-style vases and a distressed wooden stool.
Situate your lounge in imaginary Indonesia. Upon a light wooden floor, set a simple grey rug, white L-couch and tree log coffee tables, creating a feeling of calm framed by tall banana palms. Shroud the windows behind with muted beige curtains, offering a place to sit in a Victorian dining chair. Bring in your feature at the very last moment, with large wicker pendant lights that truly light up the scene.
Achieve the rustic look with a Mediterranean twist. Place a bevy of different ferns behind a mushroom L-couch, a greyed tree trunk before it. Make it cosy with a plush grey rug in a similar hue and a smattering of brown cushions. Polish off the setting with flowers in a coconut and two glass vases. See our Mediterranean rustic chic-style article for more interiors in this style.
Celebrate the caged look. Lay a fluffy woollen rug beside a white couch, making the snug look luxurious. Hang a rattan swing chair from your ceiling, another rattan chair beside it, matching their bars with an antique-looking coffee table. Dot ferns across the room in clay pots and vases, mirroring them in a monochrome canvas. Polish off the look with two cage chandeliers above Florentine-style cushions.