You love Rustic design! Here’s everything you need to know about Rustic design and how to achieve this beautiful look.

What is Rustic Design

Your home is casual with a welcoming feeling wrapped in nature. Your love of distressed wood is a hallmark of your home and stands out beautifully in your neutral color palette!

Rustic doesn’t mean you live in a log cabin or even in the countryside. In fact, Rustic can encompass a few styles, including Farmhouse, Gustavian, Tuscan, or even Coastal Chic.

Rustic style is all about texture, texture, and more texture. Natural fabrics like sisal, linen, cotton, canvas, and leather are used in combination. Wood finishes often show their grain and can be a bit beaten up. After all, no one and nothing is perfect, so why pretend?

Rustic elements tend to have a matte finish, so avoid shiny surfaces like lacquer, chrome, or even glass. With the exception of perhaps a vintage crystal chandelier thrown in for juxtaposition, Rustic style relies more upon heavily textured objects.

Photo by Canyon Design BuildLook for family room design inspiration

Rustic Color Palette

Neutral colors are the cornerstone of a Rustic style. The color palette is muted and earthy, like beiges, whites, browns, and grays. It’s a warm color palette that reinforces the feeling if cozy and relaxed.

Characteristics of Rustic

  • Stone and brick
  • Furnishings with a beautiful patina
  • Slipcovers made from vintage linen
  • Animal hide accent rugs
  • Old books on display
  • Heavy, wooden furniture that is simple in design

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  1. For some reason the sign up for sending me rustic designs is not connecting. Any other way I can get the email from you.

    Thanks Kim!

    1. Hi Roseann! Well that took a bit of detective work to figure out what went wrong with the Rustic email. It turns out, my email provider had blocked you for some reason. I just now resent it to you and they’ve assured me that your email is on their “safe” list now. Thank you so much for bringing that to my attention! And thank you for being a subscriber!! :) Kim

  2. Kim,
    Thanks so much for this. I think the quiz nailed my style and I’m happy to have the confirmation.

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