8 ways to achieve a rustic look in your home

Inspired by old farmhouses and woodland adventurers, rustic style is becoming ever more popular in home décor. As comfortable in modern homes as it is in traditional settings, there are both small and large enhancements you can use to add a rustic style to your home. Here’s a mixture of our favourite simple and more complex ways to get your desired style.


1. Exposed beam ceilings

Wood is a key element in achieving a rustic look in your home. It brings a log cabin feeling which is often associated with farmhouse style, and if they’re weathered-looking they give the feeling of authenticity. This is, of course, only applicable based on your home’s structure. Although you can often find faux wood beams which can work just as well, if not better, as you can choose your perfect style accordingly.


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2. Fireplaces

A good fireplace is often the centrepiece when walking into a communal area, even more so in the winter months. If you’re looking to achieve true cosiness with a warm and inviting look, a fireplace makes a world of difference. Real wood works best as it throws out the authentic smell, although you can still achieve your desired look by choosing a rustic styled fireplace suite.


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3. Raw stone

Raw, exposed stone looks incredible when paired with wooden styles. The more natural looking the better. You can incorporate it into the design of your walls, furniture, fireplace and so much more. There are numerous ways to achieve the look, which means you can stick to your budget by finding creative places for a splash of stone effect.


4. Reclaimed furniture

Reclaimed wood is a mainstay within rustic décor, and one of the best (and most cost-effective) ways of adding it into your home is through reclaimed and second-hand furniture. You can upcycle anything that’s damaged, or leave its weathered look to be incorporated into the overall style. And because you’re purchased second-hand, this drives the prices for good quality furniture right down. No more breaking the bank for new pieces!


5. Stacked firewood

If you managed to get your hands on a real wood fireplace as outlined in point 2, then stacked firewood serves both a practical and stylistic purpose. The pattern of stacked wood looks great in one uniform or varying colours.


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6. Accessorise

Quirky knick-knacks and accessories are a quick way to add an instant look and feel into a room. Whether it is pieces of art or woodland-themed props and accessories, strategically placed they can add depth to a room. Although beware – if you’re working with a small room this can make it look clutters and shrink the space.


7. Big blankets and rugs

Big knitted blankets add a beautiful texture to rustic décor. They add cosiness and warmth, not to mention their practicality when the weather’s cold. You can also add faux animal rugs to the floor, which are soft on your feet and really adhere to a woodland-themed home.


8. Distressed wood flooring

For a rustic look, there’s not much that has the same desired effect as distressed wood flooring. Due to its imperfect and weathered-looking nature, it bring an authentic look. You don’t even have to splash out on real wood, as laminate or vinyl flooring could create the same effect for cheaper.


How do you achieve a rustic look in your home?


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5 YouTube Channels I Love Watching

If you know me well enough, you would know how much I love internet TV. I love being able to watch what I want, anytime I feel it. And that is why I LOVE Netflix and YouTube. I am also a big fan of Sky On Demand, ITV Hub and BBC iPlayer.


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I am not the type of person to just sit on a coach all day watching TV. My life is so busy, I can never be sure I would have the time to watch a particular show at a certain time. So these platforms work better for me than regular TV.

I love YouTube so much, I have even played with the idea of having my own YouTube channel. A lot of people have encouraged  me to get one and maybe I would one day. I just don’t think I have the time for that at the moment. My life is really busy for now, and there is no room for more. And I would hate to set up a YouTube channel only to neglect after once the excitement is gone. So for now, I am sticking to do what I do best, which is writing, and leaving the complicated YouTube stuff for “someday”


5 YouTube Channels I Love Watching



I have loved and watched the Black Chat show on YouTube since the first season; and there are 3 seasons on there now. It is a reality talk show with a predominantly black cast. The cast everyday issues and I find them enlightening. They are also very entertaining, which makes it easy to watch. I am eagerly anticipating season 4.



NdaniTV is another fun channel I love watching on YouTube. It is a channel that focuses on African contemporary culture and lifestyle. There are a couple of various mini series on the channel that I really enjoy watching. The channel is jam-packed with African awesomeness, so have a look if you are into things like that.



This is a lifestyle blogger/vlogger I really enjoy watching. SisiYemmieTV is all about her life of as a married mother of 1. She vlogs about her everyday life with her family, events, food, travel and everything. Whenever I am bored and in mood to be nosey, I go on her channel for some good old entertainment.


Patricia Bright

I remember stumbling upon Patricia Bright’s blog some years and I have followed her content ever since. I admired her. She is a very hard-working woman and she is passionate about what she does. I find her YouTube videos quite interesting. I seen quite a few of them and I enjoy watching her life on there.


Tamara Kalinic

When I started blogging over 5 years ago, I found Tamara Kalinic’s blog somehow and I became so addicted to the blog and her YouTube channel. I enjoyed watching her videos a lot and I see find time to scroll her feed every now and again.


What do you like watching on YouTube? Shout it out in the comments section below.







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