There are many different types of decors you can apply to give your home a distinctive look and feel. One of the most enduring and appealing is rustic decor which is sometimes also referred to as country decor.
This type of home decoration is warm, inviting, colorful and comforting to the senses. It is characterized by old fashioned designs and materials and is suitable for cabins, cottages, mountain retreats and surprisingly even homes in the suburbs and city apartments in urban housing. Rustic decorating is not so much a matter of place, as a choice of style and materials and a keen eye for detail.
For those who want to create the rustic look for their home, forget the glass and chrome and overstuffed furniture. Wood is the material to use when creating a rustic environment.
Log furniture, slab wood coffee tables and stands, these are types of furniture that sets rustic decor apart from any other type of decorating. Pine, cedar, maple and other woods are all perfect choices for furniture.
Each wood has its own characteristics and can add warmth to your own home decor. Mixing and matching different types of wood is perfectly acceptable. For instance you may want to choose cedar log furniture for your sofas, chairs and beds, and then use pine for the table and seating in your dining area.
There are specific pieces of furniture that help to bring life to your rustic decor. Stick chairs that are tied together, rockers, split tree trunk coffee tables, old fashioned bear claw bathtubs and dry sinks all add to the comforting rustic country flavor you are trying to achieve.
Cedar chests and bench type dining room seating also enhance the ambiance of this kind of decor. Wooden lamps or lamps whose bases or shades portray wild life are good choices for any room having this type of decor as are wooden candle sconces and other like adornments. Wagon wheels, deer antler chandeliers and old fashioned coat trees will complete the look nicely.
There are a number of fabrics that will enhance the rustic theme and pair well with country furniture. Woolen fabrics, burlap, and hand sewn quilts will compliment the overall theme and bring it to life.
Look for fabrics that are plaid, have animal designs or flowers for a truly homey country look. Choose fabrics in outdoorsy colors such as moss greens, blues, yellows, reds, rusts and oranges.
Fresh or dried flower arrangements in watering cans or mason jars can add to the old fashioned feel of this decor and make for some truly enchanting accents. Hand embroidered table runners, doilies and tablecloths add charm and keep with the theme you are creating.
Don’t forget, you can also extend your rustic theme to the exterior of your home, cottage, or cabin. Use old wash tubs as flower planters, large logs as porch or yard stands, rough cut benches, an old fashioned log porch swing, and flower boxes.
Place a couple of old style wooden or rattan rockers on the porch or make use of Adirondack chairs as well. Keep in mind that you don’t have to entirely change your decor overnight. Start with one room or a few rustic touches and go slowly buying what you can afford when you can afford it. Most of all have fun and enjoy creating your very own rustic retreat!