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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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28 responses

  1. Love these tips! I wish we could do some exposed beams here. Maybe in our next home! I’m glad we were able to use our fireplace a few times this past winter 🙂 It’s probably the most we’ve used it now that I think about it!

  2. I absolutely love wood beam ceilings but having wood laid about is a great way to create that rustic environment too. Great ideas that can really make an impact.

  3. I would like some rustic touches. I saw a show on HDTV where the beams were not even real but they looked the part!! Of course they were considerably cheaper too!

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