Do you have old oak furniture in your house? Do you have a lamp made from a deer antler? Do you have a wrought iron wine rack? Do you have a horse blanket draped over the back of your couch? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then you might have rustic décor. However, if these items are just sitting by themselves in a room full of modern chrome and fiberglass furniture, or collecting dust in a corner, then you may just have clutter! So, how do you know if your home can be decorated in that rustic décor style that you want? Rustic décor can be your whole house and lifestyle, or it can enhance an existing home style, with some simple decorating choices.
Some of the characteristics of the exteriors of rustic homes are: a split rail fence, cedar shingles, a vine covered trellis, a gravel driveway, and a pine cone wreath on the door. The terms country, primitive and Tuscan are often equated with rustic. The quintessential cabin in the woods or lakeside cottage should elicit the perfect vision of rustic décor. However, your home can have rustic décor no matter where it is if you add the right furniture, lighting, color and decorations that bring the outdoors in or give you a western or rugged feel. Changing some, or all, of the décor in your home to add comfortable rustic style can be done gradually to suit your taste and budget.
Starting at your entryway or foyer, a whimsical or sentimental wooden sign will welcome you and your friends. Choose earthy shades of paint, in soft golds, browns, or greens for a wooden or metal prairie shelf with coat hooks. An antler light will shed a warm lighthearted glow. Nestle in a small table made out of a milk can topped with glass. And include a large old mirror with a wrought iron or barn wood frame that will reflect the rustic touches.
Focusing on the kitchen, here are a few suggestions to create a rustic décor in this room. Install, or make your own, butcher block countertop. Ceiling hang or wall mount a wrought iron pot rack for your pots and pans. Hang wicker baskets on a wall. Feature a paper towel holder bearing the metal silhouette of a moose. Add an oak kitchen table with benches. Hang small woodsy pictures framed in natural wood. And display a collection of wooden spoons in an earthen crock on the counter. Use a canning jar for fresh cut flowers. All of these items can be found in your price range and in sizes to fit your kitchen.
If you want that rustic feel and appearance at your home, look for earth colors, rugged wood furniture, wrought iron, and pictures of nature. Bring in fresh wild flowers; look for items that make you feel good. Search catalogs and online sites. Rustic décor is natural and comfortable. You may already have some great rustic pieces hiding in the attic or garage!
Yvonne Crooker is the author and can provide more information about rustic style and wrought iron kitchen accessories, including wine racks, pot racks and stools, at Pot Rack Place. Yvonne is a retired school administrator who now devotes her time to her creative talents, including decorating, quilting, and photography.