Style Insight: How to Create
a Rustic Home

Thanks to rustic style’s unpretentious roots, organic textures and shapes, and natural warmth, it’s become as popular in the heart of the city as it is out in the woods.

How to...
Amber Moore
June 16, 2017


In a traditional rustic home, exposed wooden beams are a must-have! Your beams should definitely not be polished; you want them to be a rugged as possible to bring nature into your home. The beams create a frame for your room, and if you’re lucky enough to have an open-plan home, they can act as a room divider.


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In a rustic home, wood is often a popular choice for alternative wall décor. You can opt for wooden panels on the wall to emphasise the country edge.

If you love this idea, but would like a simpler way of installing the panels into your home, you can purchase wood panel wallpaper. However, this would mean that there wouldn’t be that rough texture desired for this style, which may detract from the overall effect.

In terms of rustic flooring, the main choice is wide planked wooden flooring, which can fit in well with the panelling on the walls when done well.


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The rustic style encourages the use of nature in the home, and natural light is a big part of this. In order to get maximum natural light in the home, there tends to be an abundance of large windows – this includes sky lights if that’s possible in your home.


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For a rustic focal point in your living room, consider a fireplace using natural elements such as natural stone. If you have a large living room, you then can have the luxury of storing your firewood next to your fireplace, adding to the rustic feel.


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Colour schemes

Rustic style tends to have mostly white walls that create a nice contrast with the natural wood and stone features. Some people instead opt for other neutral colours such as beiges and sandy browns.


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If you’d prefer to include more colour in your rustic home, pastel coloured walls and furniture tend to fit in well with the décor. If you’d prefer more bright colours, brighter accent colours such as yellows and reds can add some excitement to your home in the form of throws and cushions.


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The furniture in a rustic home shouldn’t look shiny and new, you want it to look lived in. This can be achieved by using distressed and reclaimed wooden furniture. You can get this sort of furniture at antique furniture shops, or upcycling a lucky find at a flea market.


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In a rustic home, you want a lot of contrasting textures by placing simple, sleek furniture against rugged pieces. This brings the rustic style into a more contemporary light. Large bookcases are a great example of furniture that works well in a rustic home and tie it back to its country roots.


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In rustic homes, farmhouse-style kitchens are often seen. They bring a nostalgic quality to your home, whilst maintaining the rugged vintage chic you desire in a rustic home. A farmhouse kitchen typically uses a neutral or monochrome colour scheme, with painted wooden cupboards and tiled flooring.


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As previously mentioned, some houses are lucky enough to have an open-plan layout. This is an excellent quality for pretty much every style of home, but works especially well in rustic homes where the beams are running across multiple rooms.

However, having an entirely open-plan home has its downsides too, such as allowing a breeze to run through in the winter when it’s cold or the lack of privacy.

To avoid these issues, you can simply fit room dividers that can open up or close off the space as you desire, such as sliding barn door. Sliding barn doors are the ideal choice as they also fit in with the rustic country theme.


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Art in a rustic home tends to be subdued and simple with neutral colours giving an antique feel, not bright and colourful like modern abstract art. Some rustic homes opt for 3D installations, often made from wood, instead of canvases.


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More contemporary rustic homes can have gallery walls to add an artistic feel to their home. Rustic gallery walls tend to include mismatched frames that are often made of unpainted wood, intertwined with other 3D installations.


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The lighting in contemporary rustic décor is often a mix of down lighters and antique lamp shades. The lamp shades are usually non-shiny metals such as tin, or occasionally a vintage style chandelier is incorporated.


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To accessorise your home with a rustic style, you should try to incorporate more natural materials. This can be done by using wicker baskets for storage which will also help keep your space organised.

If you have a traditional wood burning fireplace, storing your firewood in sight is not only useful practically, it’s also great aesthetically.


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As rustic décor tends to be very neutral and simple, you can get away with choosing more extravagant accessories. Bold patterns on blanket and cushions are a popular choice for adding excitement to your home. Faux animal hides are another accessory that works well, and is often seen in rustic Scandinavian décor.


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A mix of textures and materials works especially well in rustic homes. The contrast of smooth natural stone worktops against rough wood ceilings combined with non-shiny metal pans against shiny tiles creates a visually enticing kitchen, despite it being very neutrally coloured.


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Amber Moore

Amber Moore

Amber is a MSci Biology student at University of Southampton, and is a firm believer that pale pink goes with everything. She lives for Grey's Anatomy, beautiful Scandinavian interiors and cute puppies - or anything fluffy really!