Adding A Modern Spin To A Rustic Home

April 10, 2017

A rustic home is one with an unmistakable traditional look — whether it is that building you have spotted on a designer home TV program, a home you have viewed at your local estate agent, or seen on the slopes in the finest ski resorts. While the rustic style is what makes these homes so well loved, you might still want to bring a modern feel to the interior, because there is only so much wall-to-wall cladding that you can tolerate. There are, however, many ways of blending together both the new and the old in the latest trend called modern rustic.

Furniture: Modern rustic celebrates craftsmanship and unique, handmade pieces combined with the new. For your bedroom have a look at the Divan Beds Centre, which stocks both traditional and modern divan beds. You might like to finish the look with a vintage style chest of drawers and wardrobes.

In the lounge, select comfortable yet modern looking leather sofas to effortlessly marry the two styles together. Bold wooden dining room tables and chairs or a large coffee table are a great way to complement the look.

Natural finishes: Worktops and surfaces can be used to show off a rustic or modern look. Not all your surfaces have to be wooden, so consider stone, man-made composite, and laminate. Natural stone and wood, with its varied colors and markings, look stunning in any home, but these types of surfaces can become scratched or stained easily, thus it may require extra maintenance.

Panelling in a bathroom or hallway proves that timber can work in any area. Always ask a professional for recommendations on suitable wood types and finishing treatments, especially if you are adding panelling to a bathroom.

Many homes can have gorgeous parquet, marble, granite, or limestone flooring hidden underneath carpets. Expose these beautiful flooring options to help you add to the overall rustic and natural feel to your home. If you want to achieve a rustic Scandinavian style soaped finish instead of varnish then embrace the beauty of aged wood by leaving bare floorboards exposed.

Soft furnishings and finishing touches: When it comes to soft furnishings, natural fabrics such as wool and cotton, will help to create a relaxed feel in your living space. Modern rustic tends to mean handcrafted furnishings, upcycling ethics, and utilitarian materials, including concrete and zinc. Natural woods used in furniture or ornaments can be combined with heavy linens and leathers, such as in curtains or cushions. In the bedroom, layer linen sheets and plump pillows in soft, washed-out colors to create a relaxing haven.

Out and proud: If you have not realized already, one key feature in a rustic home is wood, but in a modern rustic home chopped wood for a fireplace should be displayed in giant wicker baskets or even integrated into a wall. It is not just your wood that should be showcased in your home. Keep your crockery and glassware out on display and show off any ornaments clearly on shelving around your home.

These ideas are just some of the ways you could create a beautiful home with a modern rustic look, experiment, and let us know what works for you!

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Andi Perullo de Ledesma

I am Andi Perullo de Ledesma, a Chinese Medicine Doctor and Travel Photojournalist in Charlotte, NC. I am also wife to Lucas and mother to Joaquín. Follow us as we explore life and the world one beautiful adventure at a time.

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