If you have always wanted to create a rustic home, it helps to know where to start. You are going to need some inspiration for your home, so it is a good idea to start writing down what you like and what you hope to achieve. Many people are transforming their entire home into a rustic style, as this design style is no longer considered the only option for cabins. Here are some ideas that can help you get started with your transformation to a rustic home.
Everything you use needs to have muted earth tones. Opt for wall paint that is warm and gives off an earthy color. Some people like the idea of adding wood paneling as it gives off a completely earthy appearance. The paneling is nice, but it can age a home quickly. Half paneling a wall is a smart option as you can still change the paint color later. Try to opt for crisp, clean colors for a nice looking space. You can then decorate the space with new furniture to compliment the earth tones.
Once you paint a room, you want to use wood trim or a heavy trim on the walls. The heavier trim helps to give the room a stronger appearance. It helps to give you a nice color to the room if you have chosen a lighter paint color for the walls. The wood needs to look rough and unfinished to give you a truly rustic appeal.
When you purchase furniture for the home, opt for darker colors. This is important as you want it to contrast the white or muted walls. It helps to give your room a “pop” when you walk into it. The furniture needs to be basic, nothing too modern or too uncomfortable. Some people get carried away and purchase wood chairs made from local pine trees and other places. While it looks cool, you won’t like it much during a movie night in the room and a hard chair to sit on. Remember your comfort is important when you are buying furniture for your home. If you purchase wood furniture that is large, remember to pick up some dark billowy cushions for your comfort. They give a nice color scheme to the room and help to create a rustic asymmetry.
A rustic home needs the right lighting. Instead of the overhead lighting, choose large lamps made with distressed metal rods. Of course, the best option is to have a grand fireplace somewhere in the home, but the rest of the rooms need to have large floor lamps to give you a truly unique rustic home. Top off the final touches with beautiful paintings and pictures of the outdoors.