Looking to Add Some Flair to Your Rustic Living Room?
Try these tips and tricks from Gayle Dabrowski
Natural accents provide a down to earth atmosphere for your home. The organic look of wood, plants, and materials used in home décor softens the overall look of a room. Many homeowners are choosing to add elements of rustic décor into their homes making this a style that is highly sought after. Consider these rustic décor tips for your living room to change the look of your home:
The Older, the Better
A large part of rustic décor involves the placement of old items even if they aren’t that old at all. You’ll find homeowners who have antiques or things that have seen their fair share of use, but you can also add in items that look old without being old. Consider different techniques of staining and distressing that can make even the newest addition look like it has been there for decades. Choose home accents from flea markets and garage sales that are dented, scuffed, or patinaed to pull together a rustic theme easily.
One of the main parts of rustic décor includes a neutral and muted color scheme. Many rustic living rooms will feature shades of beige and brown that are commonly found in nature. Touches of brighter accent colors can be added but should be used sparingly to not draw too much attention. Some homeowners may view neutral colors as very limited, but there is a wide range of shades that you can utilize to create plenty of interest within a room still.
Add Touches of Wood
The look of wood in a room provides a natural elegance that fits in with almost every decoration style. There are plenty of ways to incorporate wood into your living room depending on your preferences. Consider adding a log side or accent chair that fits into your color scheme. Other options include choosing a stained wood coffee table that provides a touch of rustic charm to the overall look of the room itself. Highlight your room with wood features by utilizing wood shelving, bookcases, and even decorative accents around the room.
Incorporate Natural Materials
Creating a rustic living room should include the use of natural materials that will help pull together the overall theme. Things like rope, leather, stone, and locally-native plants will help add tasteful accents while still working within the rustic theme. Consider wrapping a vase with twine and adding a small houseplant to create a rustic and natural look. Other options include choosing a leather club chair or pillows that can be both comfortable as well as theme appropriate. Build a stone accent wall that will add in a touch of color as well as significant depth to a room.
Another easy way to decorate your living room in a rustic theme is to add in elements of metal into the room. Metal can be a more difficult item for homeowners to embrace but it has a natural tendency to work with log furniture and natural tones. Consider using metal sculptures as accents or even metal wall hangings that reflect nature. Metal can be incorporated into a room in the smallest ways, like hammered nailhead seams or rustic legs for benches and tables. Metal and wood go well together making this material an important part of a truly rustic theme.
Creating a rustic living room is comfortable with these simple tips. Consider creating a rustic themed room in your home this year to incorporate these beautiful natural elements.
Gayle Dabrowski has a passion for all things flora and fauna. She is most proud of her home-made chicken coop and the many cows she keeps on her property. She is National Geographic’s biggest fan and loves learning of all the incredible things that exist in nature.