Rustic home decor and accessories are a really popular way to add a natural or vintage touch to your decorating scheme. Even contemporary and modern homes can use rustic decor pieces to enliven and sometimes soften the feeling of a space. The texture, rough-hewn look and well-worn feel of rustic pieces add dimension to the room.
You don’t need to go full-on vintage or country to add rustic decor to your home. One of the easiest ways to add rustic decor is to use small accessories, either alone or in groupings. A collection of smaller pieces or a single statement accessory that has rustic characteristics can be a great addition. Wood pieces are a go-to item when you want to add homey touches to your decor. Whether you choose a rougher piece or one that is a bit more refined, it can be a focal point or a complementary decor piece. Planters are also an easy way to add wood as well as greenery to the room.
Vintage accessories, used in combination with other rustic pieces are a great way to inject a homespun feature into a room’s decor. Something old — or at least something that looks old — adds charm and character.
Accent furnishings that feature reclaimed wood, vintage hardware and distressed finishes are often used to bring rustic decor into a space. Today’s artisans and designers are increasingly working with repurposed materials to create pieces that have a rustic feel but are totally modern.
Eclectic pieces like this coffee table by Davis Crates are a prime example of repurposed pieces that are modern, yet rustic additions to home decor. David Pilcer moved to California in 2010 and continued his business collecting, restoring and repurposing vintage wine crates.
Seating is another way to add rustic elements to your home. Whether it’s a repurposed bar stool or a chair upholstered in hair-on hide, seating is an excellent choice. In addition, you can move seating throughout the home, adding a rustic touch wherever you want it.
Distressed paint is a really popular way to introduce a rustic item into a decorating scheme. Any piece can be made rustic with a properly beat up finish, even pieces that have more formal lines. Whether it’s truly an old item, or a new piece made to appear rustic, the distressed look can work in any style of home decor.
If distressed finishes are not your style, it’s still possible to add a rustic touch with the right lighting fixture. Natural wood, aged metals and repurposed pieces take center stage when they are used in creative light fixtures. Modern and contemporary spaces in particular can use metal lighting that has an aged patina to bring in a rustic element.
Galvanized metal is a fantastic decor element that immediately provides a rustic dimension to a room. It’s a particular favorite, but be cautious as it is best used in small doses. Choose either some accessories, a lighting fixture or piece of occasional furniture, not all three.
This kitchen dry storage organizer from VIP Home and Garden is a classic rustic piece, but more importantly, it also is accented with a collection of accessories that also lend a rustic feel. The old-fashioned clock, vintage style salt and pepper shakers, paper towel holder with chicken wire and plump pig statue are all typical of the accessories you would find in a rustic setting.
Rope-accented accessories are extremely popular and these are good examples of the simple and rustic style. From using rope to hang simple wall pieces to covered vases, bottles and containers. Rope is an easy material to take advantage of in putting some rustic pieces into play.
To really make a big rustic statement, go for a large piece of furniture that is distressed, natural or live edge. Choosing such a dominant piece sets the tone for the room, no matter what type of accessories and accompaniments you add: Play it up or play it down, add a touch or modern or pair it with your other favorite furnishings.
A little whimsy is always good and a bit of barnyard fun is great for a rustic touch. A low-cost and easy way to try this out is to add a pillow or cushion that features a fun animal. Park Hill pairs its wicker arm chair with a great vintage print of a cow on a natural fabric pillow.
Whether you love rustic decor for the ambiance it creates or for the ease of putting together a decorating scheme, it’s an affordable style that can work in many existing spaces.