5 Ways to Create Rustic Charm

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rus·tic
adjective
1. relating to the countryside; rural.
2. constructed or made in a plain and simple fashion, in particular.

It’s no secret that rustic decor is trending right now.  And I, for one, couldn’t be more excited!  I LOVE adding character and natural elements to any room.  But the thing that I love most about the rustic design trend is that it works well with almost any style, from modern to traditional, to chic or farmhouse.  Whatever style your house is, there is always room to create a little rustic charm!  So whether you live in an old fixer-upper or brand new home, here are 5 ideas on how to add beautiful rustic character.  You can add as much or as little rustic elements as you wish!


Add Reclaimed Elements to your Walls, Floor or Ceiling 

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There are 6 surfaces in a room you can use as a base for rustic charm, 4 walls, the floor and the ceiling.  Pick at least 1 of these surfaces to cover in reclaimed elements.  You could do a stone fireplace, a barn wood accent wall, exposed beams on the ceiling, reclaimed wood floors, reclaimed metal on the walls or ceiling, an exposed brick wall.  These elements don’t have to actually be reclaimed, but keep in mind you want them to look like they’ve been there 100 years or more.  When looking for these elements think raw, natural and unfinished (except for flooring) with a lot of imperfections.  This is what creates character.  (I think that’s why I love rustic decor so much…it’s imperfectly perfect!)

Keep It Light

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Sometimes rustic elements can feel a bit dark and “heavy” with chunky stone and thick wood planks.  So, keeping the rest of room light and neutral will balance out the room and let your rustic elements really shine.  Brighten the walls and furniture a light, neutral color. Neutral decor also gives you more flexibility in your accent pieces, as well.  But we’ll get to those later…

Opt for window coverings that don’t block the view and will let natural light in.  Choose long linen drapes or roman or woven shades as opposed to mini-blinds or shutters.  These can be opened easily and allow full sunlight and full view of the great outdoors, even if it’s just a pretty tree in your front yard.  Natural light will really lighten up the room and highlight the rustic elements.

 

Add Natural Accent Pieces

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The rustic style is all about bringing the outdoors in!  So add natural accent pieces such as natural woven area rugs and baskets, reclaimed wood tables, leather or linen furniture, real plants, cowhide, sheepskin, etc.  Natural is beautiful in the rustic world!

 

Keep It Simple 

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The rustic style is also about simplicity, so when decorating your space don’t over think it.  Truly, less is more.  Start with a  blank slate.  Remove everything from the room and slowly start adding the pieces you feel work best in the space, whether they are new or old.  Don’t clutter the space.  Add the functional pieces first and then add a few accent pieces that you love.  Keep the lines clean and simple.

 

Add Vintage Pieces

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For your accent pieces, consider adding vintage pieces.  I’m not saying to make your space look like an antique store, but just a few pieces in a room can go a long way to adding the “charm” in rustic charm.  Vintage can be anything from a mid-century modern accent chair, antique buckets, chippy painted furniture or old family photos.  Vintage can be old or just look old.  If it looks like it  could tell a story from 50 plus years ago, then it’s a good candidate to add charm to your rustic space!  

Blessings ~

Karen

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