“Rustic” is so often accompanied by the word “charm” so that the two words have become inseparable. With the addition of a couple more words like “comforting” or “relaxing” and you will have summed up the appeal of this decorating form.
Even if you have never done home decorating, getting the rustic decorating style in your home is easy and fun to do. Rustic in the old days used to conjure up “unsteady and mean cheap,” but believe me, this kind of thinking is now gone. Rustic decor is now on the verge of being sophisticated and trendy.
The great outdoors might seem an alternate world away from the city but bringing it home shouldn’t be difficult. Nor is it necessary to sacrifice modern sensibilities in the acquisition of a little charm. Develop a plan and do your research. Start by choosing your colors, furniture and accessories wisely. These are the key parts of decorating if you want to pull off the natural and cozy look of the rustic lodge style in your home. Some people mistakenly believe that rustic home décor means that there are wildlife or farm animals plastered all over it. It is not. If you want your décor to revolve around items that don’t depict animals, you can find lots of items that can fit your desire for a rustic lodge home décor.
Rustic decorating is all about connecting with the outdoors. A memory of a deep woods fishing lodge, summer vacation at a mountain retreat or just a love of the outdoors, there’s something comfortable and cozy about a rustic theme. Wood furniture, warm colors, items inspired by nature, as well as Native American prints and pottery are just a few of the things that can add that warm, rustic touch without any animals coming into play. If you do want furnishings and accessories that portray wildlife or farm animals, you will certainly have plenty of décor items from which to choose. Hardwood floors are perfect for the rustic look, but you want to add some area rugs for comfort and softness as well as to reduce the “echo” effect.
Dating from a time in history when it was “the best we could do with what we had”, rustic has been around “forever”. Maintaining a minor but consistent following, rustic decor should continue to hold its place on the decorating scene -without marked peaks or valleys- far into the future. You should use earthy and natural colors for your palette. You can add a unique touch with photos, artwork and knick-knacks in addition to your sofa and chairs. You may want to end up with a natural and rustic style by using natural log furniture. Picking your furniture and accessories with care will help hone your own Rustic decorating design style. Your decorating accessories should focus on pieces from nature or pieces that have an outdoorsy feel like old fishing items, baskets and snowshoes. Window treatments for this decorating style should be plain and natural – nothing frilly or formal. You might think about using wood blinds, plain sheers or a simple valance or a stained glass window panel.
When decorating, you should also consider the lighting. Lighting is as important as choosing the accessories for the house. The lighting should give an earthy look that will enhance the beauty of the room. Living rooms usually have table lamps for lighting and you want to use ones that are earthy with natural themes to accentuate the rustic room design. A rustic home with sufficient ceiling space opens the door to the world of chandelier lighting. Choosing the right chandelier light is another matter and depends on your lodge theme or rustic motif. There are magnificent chandelier collections available that will solve that dilemma quickly. If you are looking for rustic charm with a little more sophistication, try metal chandeliers shaped like elements of nature. Chandeliers with pinecone shaped light holders or chandeliers designed to look as if leafs are hanging from the lights make attractive choices. Deciding upon the right style, size and design of chandelier lighting for a room is a critical decorating decision, as one would prefer to install a hanging chandelier only once. There are very large and varied chandelier collections of rustic lodge chandelier, unique stained glass chandelier as well as very elegant chandelier designs.