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How do I create a rustic look?

Alissa Ugolini—homify UK Alissa Ugolini—homify UK
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A rustic home is synonymous with rurality, charm and simplicity. You often think of rustic homes to be situated in places like the mountains, characterized by the use of wood, stone, and raw materials used in the construction of buildings or furniture. This doesn't have to be the case though: you can recreate your favourite style anywhere you like, with a few simple touches; even in the city. The only difficulty with city homes is creating a rustic look for the garden or outside area, but it can be combated! Today we want to give you some advice on how to make your own home look like a warm and welcoming one, in rustic style.  

Wood in the kitchen

A rustic kitchen is one that’s desired by many and can be easily achieved in a room remodelling. Key to that redesign is wood, floorboards, counter tops, cupboards, butchers blocks, the list goes on. The more authentic that wood, i.e. not processed, the more authentic your desired rustic look will look, too. Use stains, finishes and varnishes, of course but be careful not to overuse them, as it can detract from said authenticity. 

Rustic wooden floors

 Walls & flooring by V.I.P.Floors

Arte Coronal Oak Antik


Wood on the floor is especially important when trying to make the place rustic. An effect like this drift-wood esque flooring would suit and mountainous cabin to a T. For more advice on kitchen flooring, take a look at this article here.

Deck the walls!

If you have  bit of space on your walls, try to enrich them something avant-garde and quirky. You could even try painting a mural on one, to liven the place up a bit. In addition, an open fire is paramount to creating a very charming and inviting scene and mirror that homely comfort feel that you need, when it come to rustic. 

Rustic accessories

Rustic means primitive, and can refer to ancient customs. Accessories like wine barrels, baskets and bellows were once practical items that can now be used in your very own rustic basement, kitchen or living room. Even an old rusted clock face, like this one, would look great!  

Rustic stone

Leaving a rough wall, with stones in plain view, is a great way to create a rustic ambience and for more advice on using stone walls, take a look at this article about stone walls for inside.  

Whitton Drive:  Terrace house by GK Architects Ltd

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