Unlike other design types, rustic is more of a descriptive style of décor or design than it is an age-identifier. –
Rustic style can involve (but certainly isn’t limited to) wooden ceiling beams, metal pots and pans, wooden furniture, earth tones, and outdoorsy décor such as woven rugs, faux animal throws, and accessories made from natural materials. –
Rustic design is often an overall feeling more than it is specifics of a piece or a space. An
Another way to look at rustic design and décor is through a contemporary lens, which currently involves a modern (mid-century) slant. While the rawness of these wood pieces hint at rustic style, the forms themselves are clean and precise, which leans toward the contemporary side of things. One thing to keep in mind about rustic style, though, is that “it brings a sense of practicality and purpose that is beautiful in and of itself” –
Another segment of the pie that is “rustic style” involves being “of, pertaining to, or living in the country; rural”. This doesn’t mean you have to cover everything in burlap and paint your walls with dairy cow spots. Simple, tasteful details – like a chunky, slightly raw wooden vanity – provide a lovely country flair while maintaining style.
Another example of country rustic décor involves furniture items or accessories that are based on the trunks of trees. Talk about rugged rusticity. Even though the functional surfaces are fully smooth and finished, the “bones” of rustic style are left intact. You don’t have to go crazy with this concept to achieve a rustic style, though – one or two pieces just might be enough to make the statement you’re after.
Uncouth, Rude, or Boorish Rustic.
One of the definitions of “rustic” involves a sense of rudeness –
For example, wicker patio furniture around a branch-holding glass-topped table has all the rude appearances of rustic décor…in the best of ways. It’s unexpected, it’s raw, and I suppose it could be considered uncouth because of its unconventionality, but this sort of rustic décor is delightfully open, honest, and to-the-point.
Simple, Artless Rustic
Rustic style embraces the concept of straightforward simplicity. This can be achieved in a variety of ways, not the least of which is the incorporation of warmly tinted glass. The softer light that emanates from warmer glass light fixtures, such as these pendants, exudes simplicity and a homey feeling.
While rustic has come to be mostly associated with a sort of clunky and antiquated style, that can be a misconception. Rustic design is more about “free-form shapes, natural materials, and the art of repurposing” than it is about how many slivers you might get from touching an object.
This dining table, with its natural edging form, is a beautiful example of how rustic décor can also be quite sophisticated and fresh.
In working with wood, many skilled craftsmen are able to achieve a rustic-looking piece simply because it is created so beautifully out of wood using time-honored techniques. The pieces themselves may be modern or contemporary, but the vibe they give off is rustic. For example, wooden stump-slice tables that are put together with the historical, and highly effective and beautiful, butterfly spline.