Rustic Decor

Rustic. It’s the new “old,” and it’s everywhere. From high-end home décor stores to Target and Walmart, the charm and natural beauty of this style has everyone excited. It’s not a style that is only used in older country homes, but in upscale new homes, offices, even wedding motifs! Sometimes rustic is a style that sneaks in, like the plank board-look in a headboard, and sometimes the rustic-ness of a piece is all there is, like with these industrial pipe shelves.

And if you like to try your hand at building or creating, then these popular DIY projects are right up your alley. Regardless of your level of comfort with the “DIY” part of the rustic décor, there is a charming element that can be used and implemented into different styles. Fortunately, it’s the style the Amish have been building for generations, so we feel like the quiet girl who just got voted Homecoming Queen. It’s fantastic. Here are some of our favorite tips on implementing rustic into your home.

The details of design that are found in rustic pieces are those elements that are intentionally put there to make the piece look old, or handmade. Plank surfaces are seemingly the favorite; used as table tops, planters, seating, decorative accessories, the easy of attaching flat pieces of wood is commonly used.  Often seen are materials from old shipping pallets refashioned into something useful. These materials already have that “weathered” aspect, and they come somewhat assembled. Depending on your new purpose, there may be very few additional steps!  

Another one of the most prominent rustic features is the barn door. This element can be used as an actual door, with a full-size sliding door at a room entryway. Or it can be used on a smaller scale for a vanity or nightstand, like this. The “X” from the traditional barn door can be found in so many other elements of rustic pieces, like this entryway piece. Once you recognize and associate specific design features from the rustic, or farmhouse style, you will start seeing them everywhere!

In addition to features like plank surfaces and the barn door, there are some general features that you’ll find common.  Wood surfaces are often hand-sanded, with corners softened. This provides a well-used (or weathered) and hand-crafted look to any piece. In addition to wood, the materials used are one of the stand-out features.  Accessories or design details are often made of tin, wire, or other old materials like pipes, rougher fabrics (like burlap, old cotton sacks, or thick linens), even old jars.

Bottom line, “rustic” no longer means worn out or rusty. It now translates into something that looks like it has a story.  Someone special owned it, used it, or made it. The story gets shared and the piece gets used, and there is an experienced beauty that sits well deep in the soul. That’s rustic. And we get it. What does rustic mean to you?  We’d love to hear your story!

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