Life today might be all about the latest conveniences but there is something about
Bedrooms that are
A second bedroom from Bramble is rustic but has a more refined flair thanks to a lighter color palette and a stately carved, yet distressed headboard. The bed also features side rails and a footboard, which adds to the polish of the decor. A plain neutral wall and a trio of rustic yet modern pendants completes the seven setting.
Here’s a great example from
A bathroom arrangement from Bramble has plenty of rustic inspiration. First, the distressed wooden chandelier and the window wall in front of the vanity provide the dominant feel for the bathroom. The window could be done as a mirror and still achieve the same feel as long as the frame is distressed. The chest style vanity with retro hardware is a perfect counterpoint.
One of the easiest ways to incorporate rustic decor in your home is to do it with lighting. As with furnishings, many options are available from
Upcycling of materials is commonly found in rustic decor and this table lamp, also from Bobo, is a prime example. What was once a whisk attachment for an industrial bakery mixer is now a lampshade, surrounding the vintage style bulb. While many of these bulbs are old-style, the technology inside is still modern and uses an LED filament.
Another example of a rustic metal light fixture is this one by Bramble. A little rusty, a little aged, the pedant features an old-style bulb as well as an interior lining that looks like a vintage wallpaper print. The soft colors and delicate flowers are juxtaposed with the hefty metal exterior, which adds a lot of interest.
Some rustic light fixtures are more ramshackle than others, as does this one. Hammered metal squares are roughly joined into a lampshade that hangs by a rusty-looking chain. Bramble’s design is fitting for a rustic or eclectic space where it can play off of other rustic items, perhaps softened by some delicate decor features.
Another rustic style of metal pendant features a patinated exterior.
These blown glass pendants feature somewhat of a traditional rustic style. The open shape, wire form on top of the glass and retro bulbs make these fixtures very adaptable to different decor styles. While the pulley-type of hanging mechanism is not delicate, these pendants could be incorporated into an eclectic space that has a lighter feel.
Far more refined — but still rustic in its appearance — is this wood-beaded chandelier by Bramble. Devoid of any crystal, the rustic metal arms and
Stools and Chairs
Adding some rustic seating to your decor is another effortless way to play up this style. A mildly rustic stool that features a woven top is good first step. It’s not distressed or overly primitive, making it an easy piece to work in with existing furnishings.
At the other end of the spectrum is
Frayed-edge upholstery has become popular, especially for dining areas where you want to have upholstered chairs but are still aiming for a very casual vibe. These white armchairs from Dovetail feature a textured fabric that looks almost like a slipcover. They are a perfect match for a natural wood table as shown here. Even with the frayed edges, the chairs provide a dose of rustic elegance to the dining room.
More than anything else, furniture can transform your decor into a truly rustic interior. Using multiple small pieces or focusing on a large dominant piece can provide a framework for the room. Classic Home’s rustic bar is a charming piece that would anchor a family room or game area, with its distressed, coffered front panels. This style of furniture immediately gives a room a homey feeling.
This bar from
Distressed finishes are a hallmark of rustic decor and large piece featuring the finish, such as this armoire, are fabulous. A substantial rustic piece anchors the room and provides a focal point. They can also include playful elements such as the lettering on the cabinet doors. Paired with homespun accessories, it is all you need to lend a rustic air to your decor.
Mismatched elements can also make a piece rustic. A tall dresser with an upcycled vibe from VIP Home and Garden features assorted drawers with different types of hardware. The eclectic style brings a casual element to the room and enhances a relaxed mood. It’s perfect for mixing with metal accessories and a bit of greenery.
Heavily distressed finishes combine with very worn accessories like these pots are good for spaces that really want to play up the rustic vibe.
Even outdoor furniture can have a rustic appeal. This set looks like it is made from wood but actually is composed of a heavy resin that has been made to look like wood. It can withstand the summer elements and will blend with the outdoors when placed in a backyard or on a patio.
Smaller furnishings and accessories can be sprinkled throughout the home to inject a little rustic sensibility wherever needed. The wine rack table from
While rustic decor generally maintains a neutral color palette, it does not have to. Distressed finishes come in a variety of colors and some pieces, like these from Horizon Home, incorporate several hues in one item. The mix of colors adds a pop to the space without sacrificing the rustic vibe. Used in a mainly neutral room, this kind of cabinet would immediately become the focal point.
Trunks large and small are terrific additions to a rustic space because they usually have a worn and well-traveled feel that adds to their appeal. Even new reproductions are created to
There’s nothing better than finding a truly authentic, rustic piece to feature in your decor. This trunk from
Combine your decor goals and need for functionality all in one piece with a rustic table. All sorts are available, from basic distressed furnishings to more interesting artistic pieces.
Similarly, this table is made from what looks like ups cycled wood, but also features a shiny metal base that keep the piece from being a bit too rustic for some space. Here, the
A small rustic table like this from Uttermost is perfect for absolutely any space because it adds storage as well as a hidden serving tray. The irregular wood plank arrangement adds to the hand-hewn look and the color is so very natural. The neutral piece would complement a variety of existing decor arrangements.
A small distressed table in a classic shape will work in any space and adds an instant rustic element. Try incorporating some of these — from Light and Living — to accent any room in the home.
Finishings that combine stone and distressed wood are also key elements you can include in a rustic decor setting. This storage table from
Accents and Accessories
The easiest way to inject some rustic charm to a space without investing a lot of money is to use accessories. By incorporating a variety of smaller pieces, it’s possible to change up a room and try out the rustic decor style. New pieces made to look old, vintage treasures, and
Hand-carved candlesticks in a neutral color like these from Jeffan sit atop a global-style table, adding a rustic element to the setting. Paired with natural wood pieces in the room, as they are here, helps tie together pieces that might otherwise be at odds with one another.
Sometimes a set of plain pottery pieces is all you need to add rustic flair to a space. Here, three two-tone vessels sit atop a natural wood dining table from
Old-style clocks are fantastic for dressing up a wall in a rustic space. When choosing an accent clock for a rustic space, look for Roman numerals or ordinary numbers in an old school font. Crackled and distressed finishes, along with hefty clock hands all contribute to a rustic look.
Accessories featuring wood or woodsy elements like tree bark are also perfect for rustic decor and are particularly popular right now. Whether you craft your own or purchase the pieces, use them in a number of spots in a room to inject a natural element and to tie the space together.
All of these examples show what a wide variety of elements rustic decor includes, which makes it easy to add this style to almost any home. From a collection of accessories to large, dominant furniture pieces, there’s a way to inject rustic appeal to your living space at any budget level.