Inspired by warm palettes, earthy materials and authentic, homestyle comfort? A rustic interior may be perfect for you.
Characterised by rugged textures, raw materials and heartwarming neutrals, rustic style is a hat-tip to traditional country life – unfussy, unpretentious, wonderfully comforting, and steeped in vintage charm. And as a time-served style, it has proven it can successfully weather the changing seasons. If you’re looking for something that will stand the test of time and cocoon your home in genuine warmth, look no further. Here are some ways you can embrace rustic design in your home interiors.
Let nature be your guide
When it comes to rustic design, take cues from nature. Nature’s inherent material palette is perfect for conjuring a natural, minimalist aesthetic indoors, so it’s best to draw inspiration from outside your window. Wood is a material you should consider putting centre stage, because it exudes a hard-wearing, folksy elegance that can fit into just about any decor scheme. From reclaimed wood tables and tree branch ornaments to wooden panelling and flooring, you’ll find wood straddles sophistication and simplicity beautifully, and gives your home a woodland-esque feel.
Go for an earthy palette
What colours do you associate with the outdoors? Woodland colours like buttercup yellow, duck egg blue, and shades of beige and brown can breathe fireside allure into your home. White can serve as a fabulous backdrop on your walls and ceiling, allowing you to highlight your country palette by way of accents and more intricate decorations. If your Indian soul calls for colour, give your aesthetic a desi twist by introducing fiery bursts of colour. Vermillion, crimson and burnt orange can be standout colours in a rustic setting. Consider incorporating them in your fabric scheme, perhaps in your sofa upholstery, curtains and rugs.
Reclaim, restore, repurpose
The most perfect thing about rustic home design is that it’s not perfect. It’s rugged, irregular and unassuming, and it’s all heart. The best way to inject rusticity into your home is to upcycle old furniture, materials and decor. There’s nothing quite like the patina of old wood, and repurposing vintage items can be a special way to honour your roots and give your home a pastoral look. A little sanding, buffing and painting is all it takes to revive a vintage piece (call in the carpenter if you’re not up to the task). Go on and scour second-hand stores (these exist in most Indian metros) for charming wardrobes, chests and chairs, but be sure to check the quality of wood before making your purchase.
Opt for wooden flooring
What can we say about wood? It’s a keeper for any kind of home, but especially so for one rooted in rustic style. Wooden flooring can infuse instant country vibes into your home, and there are myriad finishes and layouts to choose from – warm oak, polished bamboo, maple, walnut, rosewood, cherry and more. Also, consider the layout and style of your flooring. Chevron, herringbone, parquet squares, and basic panels and planks are styles that can give your space a modern spin. Also, try making your flooring seamless between rooms to create a sense of fluidity.
Highlight existing elements
Nobody said you had to give your home a master overhaul to bring in a rustic interior. Consider the existing features of your home and think of how you can give them a facelift to fit them into your decor. For example, wooden furniture can easily be sanded down and repolished to accentuate their natural grain.
If you are considering rustic interiors for your home, seek comfort in knowing there are no rules. Rustic design is constantly evolving with the seasons, incorporating threads from other design styles. So, if you’re tempted to marry industrial grunge, classic vintage or any other interior design style into your home, don’t hold back. Ultimately, a rustic style should be an authentic reflection of your personality and tastes, and customising your decor is a great first step.