Decoding the Rustic

Decoding the Rustic

(why the half finished wood charm is working so well for

today’s modern homes)

Rustic /r?st?k/

adjective

1.     

Of

or relating to the countryside; rural. Having a simplicity and charm that is

considered typical of the countryside.

2.     

Made

in a plain and simple fashion, in particular: made of untrimmed branches or

rough timber; having a rough-hewn or roughened surface or deeply sunk joints.


The idea of rustic brings with itself a unique connection to

our past which is difficult to overlook. With the lightning fast pace at which

we live today, there is an increasing trend to separate the home from the

not-home by bringing in an element of nature and organic living. Rustic décor

serves exactly that purpose.

You might not be ready to put a barn log on the ceiling yet, but there are

several things you can do to give your home that cosy Arcadian look.

The rustic appeals to some because of the homespun, country feeling it gives;

while to others it creates the ideas of open spaces and cabin lodges. How well

either of the effects work depends upon the objects in the room, the lighting

used, and the spaces surrounding them.

Why the rustic trend?

What makes a simple unpolished piece of furniture more

appealing than finely carved mahogany? To be fair, not all rustic furniture

gives the desired look, but when combined well with its surroundings, rustic

works its magic.

The rustic embraces nature, and in nature we feel at

peace. It incorporates wood finishes, floral

designs and organic patterns, which help to bring a bit of the outdoors;

indoor. Within nature, we tend to escape our cubicled worklives and the rush of

the 21st century, which is the perfect retreat you want your home to

be.

Rustic decor is practical in its utility, but apart from that, it also awakens

our appreciation of human genius and resourcefulness. An item of daily use

created with minimalistic ingredients and recyclable materials speaks of how

human intelligence can create and nurture while keeping nature in the loop.

Unlike mass-produced items, rustic decor items are traditionally handmade by

artisans, thereby giving them a distinctive quality such that no two products

look the same. Every item speaks singularly of natural, freeform art.

Rustic is bold and gutsy, while at the same time, warm and inviting. It isn’t

covered and controlled by do’s and don’ts, and reminds us of the effortless

beauty we see in nature. With collaborative designs which blend in across a

variety of architectural structures, the trend of rustic decor as a home set-up

idea is here to stay for a long time.

Defining Elements of a

Modern Rustic Home

It isn’t hard to understand why the rustic look is popular,

if one looks carefully enough. Rustic blends in with ease, and doesn’t require

any high-end finish. It can be paired up with all sorts of accessories,

upholsteries, etc. to give an instant makeover to a room. There is zero need

for uniformity, and mismatch works greatly in rustic which creates a more

unique experience altogether.

Key features that mark the rustic trend include:

?       Seemingly incongruent items blended

in an easy manner — like antiques, country accessories, etc.

?       Mixing the classic with the

contemporary.

?       Rough wooden beams for ceilings,

plank tables, log decor.

?       Featuring a maximum of natural elements,

like dried up flowers, pinecones, etc.

?       Including natural fabrics like jute,

cotton, etc. for furniture, curtains, etc.

?       A subdued yellow light, hanging

ceiling bulbs and lit candles for the added nature’s touch.


Rusticity - Traditional Handmade Modern 25in;">

?       Solid, neutral colours yet warm and

inviting.

?       Repurposed furniture, barn materials,

copper pots and yard-sale items.

The rustic helps us transform the old into the new and modern

and enviably beautiful with great ease, and perhaps that is why rustic decor is

the style doing rounds right now. 

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