Adding a Rustic Feel to Your Home Decor

15 March 2019

For the longest time, technology and modern appliances have been dominating our homes both when it comes to its functionality and its style. There’s an appeal to minimalistic and monochromatic home designs since they are neat and bring out the features of your home architecture.

However, they are also lacking something only a rustic home décor can provide – a sense of warmth and familiarity. There’s a way to have the best of both worlds, by making sure your home remains modern and adding a few rustic details that will stand out throughout it.


Color palette

The strongest impression people get about your room comes from its color palette and the overall feel that it creates. It’s possible to accomplish a rustic feel with your color palette and to still use nothing but modern and environmentally friendly materials if that’s all that you have at your disposal.

Earth tones and soothing colors are what you are looking for and this can be accomplished with more than just furniture. The palette should be noticeable in your decorations and, most importantly, in the largest decorating pieces you have – the carpets and curtains.

Reused and recycled

Recycle and reused pieces of furniture add a sense of history and a personal touch to your home. Even when the furniture is fixed up and made presentable for both use and sale, it still feels like furniture that comes with its own backstory and it changes the room completely.

This kind of furniture has an added benefit: that it’s environmentally friendly. This is the case both because it’s reused and because it’s often bought locally, which means that there’s much less of a carbon footprint in bringing it to your home.

Windows and lighting

Many feel that there’s a tension between making their homes look rustic and warm and keeping them bright and well lit. The two are not opposites and both can be accomplished with attention to detail. For instance, many Australians are making their homes appear more rustic by adding wooden shutters from Melbourne and keeping their property naturally lit at the same time.

Artificial light could also be used to make a home more rustic and cozy. The key is to spread out the light sources across the room and to choose fixtures that will provide you a dim and pleasant ambiance.

Exposed brick

Exposed brick makes your home more lush and rich regardless of the furniture it works against. It’s usually best to contrast it with dark colors and leather furniture and decoration. It’s not necessary for all the walls since it’s expensive and requires a lot of work. A stronger effect may be accomplished if only one of your walls stands out in this manner.

This is also a good place to consider the environmental aspects of construction. Reusing bricks that you find locally may be the best way to go both in terms of price and environmental impact.

Rugs and textures

A rug covers most of your room so it and the curtains mean the most when it comes to creating the ambiance of the room. It helps a lot of it the rug is made of natural fibers, but some worry that that might limit your options in terms of design and color. This doesn’t have to be the case; a natural rug doesn’t have to be boring if you give it a modern twist.

The twist may come from the design of the rug or from its shape and placement in the room. It’s what gives you a chance to experiment and show off your creativity.

Details matter

This is true for any design, but it’s especially the case when it comes to setting up a rustic aesthetic for your home. A small detail that’s carefully chosen will stand out in a room and create an atmosphere more effectively than a large piece of furniture would.

Many choose to use handmade furniture, retro art or install antlers as decoration. All of these are great options if they are used in moderation.

Rustic home design can be both comfortable and visually exciting. It’s usually about small details that you combine with modern and fashionable furniture and decoration.


Derek Lotts writes about décor, gardening, recycling and everything related to home improvement. He thinks all these fall under self-improvement. He believes in the power of sharing ideas and communicating via the internet to achieve betterment. He blogs regularly at Smoothdecorator.