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What Is Rustic Style?

At its core, rustic style is all about honoring beautiful basics.

From family treasures passed down through generations to warm and homey modern finds, the details in rustic design ensure you're comfortable and content from the moment you step indoors.

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How to Identify This Style 

Most people tend to visualize this style best when they imagine a cabin in the woods. What would you see in this cabin? Common details might include leather chairs, dark-stained wood, beams, stonework and plenty of natural fibers.
Of course, rustic style is not limited to the cabin.

You'll find homes in both urban and rural settings decorated in rustic design, all of them displaying, in some way or another, those trademark rustic features.

Here are the common details of rustic style:

Wooden furniture, typically chunkier and weathered with unfinished edges

rustic style - bedroom Wooden floors, either original or reclaimed
rustic style brown Leather or soft textured sofas and armchairs

Fabrics like wool, cotton and linen

rustic style - dining room chairs
rustic style - decor foliage Indoor plants and decorative foliage
rustic style - color schemes Color schemes that "keep it natural" – think brown, taupe, deep red, dark yellow, grey, white and black
rustic style - accent decor Lighter shades of red, blue, green and yellow in accent decor
rustic style - area rug Plenty of animal hide rugs or patterned area rugs
rustic style - striped prints Blankets and throws with geometric or striped prints

Stonework or stone veneer

Match Your Walls to the Design

Can you have rustic style without addressing your walls? Not really. It would look a bit silly to have a gorgeous rustic living room paired with '70s-style floral wallpaper. With that said, there's no one way to dress up your walls. Some rustic rooms could have dark wall paneling, while others might have cream-colored walls with contrasting baseboards and trim. Others still might have painted paneling, reclaimed wood walls or even a stone feature wall.

Bring Outside Inside

What does the natural world look like outside your windows? If you're in a wooded area, incorporate woodsy decor such as branches, logs or flowers into your rustic design.
And what if you're more urban and are more likely to see an apartment building or a trolley line than a lush park or wooded trail? Even in an urban landscape you'll find hints of natural beauty perfect for the rustic style. Start by taking inspiration from neighborhood window box planters or small urban gardens.
Rustic in the city could also mean artisan-made. Visit a local artisan shop selling handmade pottery or woven blankets, or find a used bookstore with rare or vintage hardcover books.

Styling your home in the rustic style will give you a welcoming retreat that pays perfect homage to all things natural and down to earth.

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