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How do I create a rustic style home?

Alissa Ugolini—homify UK Alissa Ugolini—homify UK
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The rustic decorating trend is one of the most popular in decorating circles today. A fusion of vintage and eclectic, the rustic style is warm, inviting and above all, charming. A transient style, falling somewhere between country and retro, for a home to be deemed rustic, it must encompass the following qualities:

- Raw textures: Wood, stone and Hessian 

- Natural textiles: Linen, cotton and wool

- A glimpse at the past: Cathedral ceilings, exposed rafters and rough wall renders

- Muted colour scheme: Pastels, skin colour and earthy tones, beige, cream and white

Today on homify, we are going to look at each room in the house, with the help of our UK experts, and show you how to decorate your home in the coveted rustic style. Take a look…

The kitchen

Beautifully photographed by Nick Guttridge, this kitchen by Jamie Falla Architecture displays many of the traits mentioned in the introduction. We can see exposed stone and rafters, scaled back with a modern touch of stark white paint and grey concrete bench tops. The vintage cabinetry, which look a little worn down, further exemplifies this style, complementing the other wooden surfaces. This rustic style kitchen is part of a barn extension, and shows how natural finishes such as concrete, lime render and salvaged timber can come together to create a space that is vibrant, welcoming and of course, rustic. We can see very small touches of modernity here; the lights and kitchen taps have been subtly placed so as not to stand out.

The dining room

A crackling fire is an essential element in the rustic style; it is something we often see in old barns, chalets and country homes. In an obvious rejection to modern heating systems, an open fireplace immediately brings any room into past eras. In this cosy dining room setting put together by Saving Graces Interior, an eclectic mix of patterned rugs, intricate lighting and sturdy wooden furniture come together to create a warm and welcoming space. A large table is essential; it denotes evenings spent over tasty oven roasted food, red wine and deep and intelligent conversations. The pastel mint walls further the rustic style, keeping all tones muted and safe. 

The sitting room

Nestled into a stable cottage, this wonderful sitting room shows off the beautiful existing shell of the home, as well as oozing with rustic charm. We understand not everyone is fortunate enough to have a cottage or barn to work with, but if the rustic style is your absolute favourite, you can easily add elements such as these to any space. You can employ salvaged bits of timber to line the walls, scaling back modern elements and replacing them with natural stones and woods. If your home is brick, why not remove the plasterboard, and have a brick wall as a feature? In terms of soft furnishings, Adam Coupe has showed off the expertise of the homeowners, who have opted for a vintage shape, upholstered in a soft mint green velvet.

The bathroom

If you aren't able to salvage antique bathroom pieces, many manufacturers these days replicate the country and rustic styles from past eras. Elizabeth Bee Interiors shows that new fittings and fixtures can still look antiquated and vintage. Here, we see limestone tiles, an exposed legged basin, old-style taps, mirror and even toilet. Each detail, from the light fittings to the blinds, resembles a Bed & Breakfast in a country retreat. Located on a farm in Sussex, it is the perfect rustic style bathroom for even the most modern of homes. 

The bedroom

A Country Cottage:  Bedroom by My Bespoke Room Ltd
My Bespoke Room Ltd

A Country Cottage

My Bespoke Room Ltd

To create the perfect rustic style bedroom, as evidenced by My Bespoke Room, a curvaceous white steel framed bed has been tied in with plush material textures, soft pastel colours and delicate floral wallpaper. As mentioned in the previous image, even this room has a Bed & Breakfast feel to it. Also located inside a country cottage, the authenticity of the home has been maintained through the careful choice of interior furnishings. If stained wood isn't your preferred choice, you can veer closer to the shabby chic style, and opt for white painted dressers, wardrobes and bedside tables, as pictured. Don't forget—curtains are essential. Forming a delicate aura, which ethereally disperses the light, is essential for creating the prefect rustic bedroom mood.

Vintage furnishings

Audrie chest of drawers:  Bedroom by Loaf

Audrie chest of drawers


Loaf are a brand synonymous with retro and vintage inspired furniture, and have many examples of rustic and country style furniture that would suit any home following these themes. This wooden dresser is handmade, and carved from sustainable oak. Oozing with a chic provincial theme, this dresser comes from their French inspired collection. Here, sanded and roughly painted timber is an essential furniture element, and pairs wonderfully white delicate pastel colour palettes and nature textures such as Hessian wicker. Decorated with vintage vases, jars and books, this is a great piece for any bedroom, hallway or even living room. 

Let nature inside

A Country Cottage:  Bedroom by My Bespoke Room Ltd
My Bespoke Room Ltd

A Country Cottage

My Bespoke Room Ltd

Since earthy tones are prevalent in a rustic theme, it comes as no surprise that floral decorations would feature not only in soft furnishings and wallpaper, but also freshly picked and displayed in a pretty vase. Also by My Bespoke Room, this scene with intricately carved white mirror and Hessian box is a wonderful finishing touch to a rustic, shabby chic or country style bedroom suite. If you love flowers, don't have access to a garden, or perhaps think it is too costly to change stems every week, you can always opt for faux-flowers. You'd be surprised how real they look these days!

What do you think of the rustic style? Would you decorate with it in your home?
Whitton Drive:  Terrace house by GK Architects Ltd

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