Bring textural perfection to your home and let the rustic and weathered shine for a wholesome interior. This trend involves juxtaposing old materials with new, contrasting hard textures with soft, raw and unrefined with pristine. The key is in the mix.
The trick to mastering a weathered, homespun look is to balance out your palette; rustic doesn’t have to mean only raw, rough and weathered. It simply refers to creating finishing touches that provide flashes of worn‐out texture and celebrate the handmade.
For example, a clever combination of reclaimed and industrial pieces, with a mix of vintage and modern accessories will create a look that is reassuring and inviting.
With careful consideration and attention to detail, you will find that mixing key antiquity treasures with contemporary manifests and develops a space that exudes humble energy.
A neutral backdrop has always been a favourite of walls and floors, but the latest finishes and washes are giving the humble bones a brave new look.
Here, go for maximum impact. Think of combining textures of coarse dark wood with flickers of metallic in steel and aluminum. If you opt for feature walls, your floor should err on the side of neutral, and vice versa.
Textural details with varied tones will add depth and drama to a space - so don’t be too subtle. Contrast is key!
Be a curator
Recycling and reusing your furniture in a considered way elevates your indoor space above the ordinary.
For example, a vintage chair with distinctive wear and tear reclined against a bold mid-‐century floor lamp conjures up thoughts of livelier times.
A great feature of weathered furniture is its durability and practicality, so for once it is easy to assimilate classic designer furniture into a family home.
The cornerstone of rustic inspiration the materials you choose. From bold worn‐out upholstery to threadbare cushions that echoes the past; your choice in tapestry will set the mood for how rustic you desire your space to feel.
To soften an unkempt look, interweave sheer fabrics such as linens and voile.
Alternatively, to dishevel clean-‐lined furniture, look to adorning vintage fabrics that proudly show their design credentials with wear-and‐tear.
Layering contrasting materials creates a spirit lifting mix hitting every area of design.
Get the look…
• The key to conquering a rustic interior is to balance out your palette. You should combine elements of old with new, and you should also combine interesting surface textures on walls and floors to ensure you pull off a successful rustic finish.
• Look to textural details that have contrast.
• Accessorise with vintage finds and artwork to add depth and warmth.
• Try mixing materials such as copper and brass and play with metallic elements to enhance contrast.
• Be unpredictable and juxtapose, for example, a worn linen sofa with a natural and warm woolen rug.
• Matt finishes and wholesome, wobbly textures are essential in a rustic home. Perfection and pristine are not required.
• Get creative with the broke, abandoned and unloved and place them at the forefront of your home.
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