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Back to basics: Rustic bedroom furniture

Alissa Ugolini—homify UK Alissa Ugolini—homify UK
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The rustic decorating style is natural and inviting, harnessing our love for all things raw and exposed. There is a huge misconception that the rustic style in clunky and outdated, in fact, it has made a huge resurgence in recent years, making its way back into our homes in a way never before imagined. Rustic interiors are hearty and welcoming, reminding us of the charm that the houses of the yesteryear possessed. Many of these rustic style objects were handcrafted by artisans or artists, holding a certain sculptural quality and detail that cannot be recreated by machinery. In terms of textures and colour palette, think about using browns, greys and rich burgundy tones, in essence, harnessing the colours of nature.

Today on homify, we are going to take a look at how best to add rustic bedroom furniture to your prized bedroom space. From tallboys to decorations, rustic bedroom furniture comes in a myriad of different styles and shapes, and hosts a wide variety of functions. If you're planning to decorate in the rustic style, be sure to check out our guide to rustic bedroom furniture to ensure that you are choosing the right elements for your space. Take a look…

1. The ultimate rustic bedroom

La Croisee:  Bedroom by CCD Architects
CCD Architects

La Croisee

CCD Architects

Rustic bedroom furniture can be characterised by the following traits:

- Rough, worn down surfaces

- Wooden, timber tones

- Solid, ornate pieces

- Delicate, yet sturdy

- As though it were created from decades ago

rustic style bedroom must appear lived in and cosy, there is no room for minimalism or banality here. The space must be conducive to relaxation and calm, and most importantly, feel as though the room is inviting you in for a welcoming hug after a long, tiresome day.

2. Rustic study nook

Unique Living Room:  Bedroom by AM Florence
AM Florence

Unique Living Room

AM Florence

For those who like to use every inch of space in their bedroom, you can create a cosy study nook like pictured to enjoy the scenery with a good book or cup of tea in hand. Rustic bedroom furniture needn't only relate to beds or armchairs, it can take the form of a myriad of different objects. We absolutely love the small suitcase which is not only an adorable kitschy detail, but the perfect space to store a few loose odds and ends that have been accumulated over time.

3. Rustic reading corner

You may not have considered this built-in unit for your choice of rustic bedroom furniture, but as you can see, it fits perfectly into the space. Tucked away snugly into the corner and under the bend of the roof line, the raw wooden panels contrast wonderfully against the sleek wall finish. It is, however, complementary to the other decorations, such as the bulls head on the wall and tartan armchair. As you can see from this example, it is possible for rustic bedroom furniture to be practical and functional!

4. Rustic tallboy

Tallboys are both practical and aesthetically pleasing, and when coupled with the right directions, create a wonderful example of rustic bedroom furniture. In this image by Aitken Turnbull Architects, the white whicker chair and pinstripe pulldown blind complete the look, creating a space that is reminiscent of the country homes we spent our summers in. Rustic bedroom furniture isn't necessarily worn down or shabby, it can be in perfect, pristine condition and still complete the cosy rustic look we've come to love.

5. Rustic wardrobe

Loaf bring us this adorable wardrobe that is a perfect example of versatile rustic bedroom furniture. Created for their series of French bedrooms, this elegant wardrobe, which has been left relatively exposed in a pale timber stain, would suit any style and colour scheme. The curvaceous form looks romantic and whimsical, looking as if it were salvaged from grandmothers house.

6. Rustic fireplace

 House No. 7:  Bedroom by Denizen Works
Denizen Works

House No. 7

Denizen Works

No rustic bedroom scene would be complete without the cosiness provided from a fireplace. After all, a fireplace instantly conjures up emotions of a winters day, when we're cuddled up under the covers with a hot cup of tea. A neatly stacked series of wooden logs lets us know this fireplace means business, and is definitely an essential piece of rustic bedroom furniture!

7. Rustic lighting

Pallet Pendant Shade:  Bedroom by Factory Twenty One
Factory Twenty One

Pallet Pendant Shade

Factory Twenty One

Rustic bedroom furniture doesn't necessarily need to be antiquated in appearance, in fact, there is such a thing as modern rustic! We love this lamp from Factory Twenty One as it would fit into any rustic or modern bedroom space. The raw nature of the timber finish versus the bold orange string adds a wonderful contemporary contrast that would look great suspended low above any bed or table.

8. Rustic storage

Rustic bedroom furniture applies to storage, too. This neat shelving system from Uttara and Adwait Furniture is the perfect piece to house books, magazines, pictures and trinkets. The combination of pale and stained wood adds an interesting contrast, and would look great coupled with other pieces from this selection of rustic bedroom furniture.

9. Rustic decorations

To complement your choice of rustic bedroom furniture, it is important to choose decorations to suit. This adorable corner set up houses delicate and kitschy decorations that are tailored to suit the personality of the homeowner. A few collectable items, such as this birdcage and pinecones, are a super easy and budget friendly way to make every corner of your bedroom space rustic!

10. Rustic functionality

Just because something appears old, doesn't mean it lacks functionality. Rustic bedroom furniture, like any other piece, can be practical, too. In this example, we see a stoic four poster bed with complete with a set of stairs. Whether this is used to help a small child climb into bed, or is used as a storage unit or a nightstand, this is a wonderful piece of rustic bedroom furniture that is sure to please even the fussiest of homeowners!

If you liked this ideabook on rustic bedroom furniture, we suggest the following for you to read: 5 ways to perfect a rustic interior

What is your favourite example of rustic bedroom furniture? Let us know in the comments section below.
Whitton Drive:  Terrace house by GK Architects Ltd

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