The rustic style belongs to the aesthetic canon, which we will probably never get bored of. Just as we do not get bored with the warmth of a home bonfire, cosiness, safety, and memories of a blissful, carefree childhood. Rustic interiors draw in handfuls from the tradition of small mansions, in which nothing was missing. How to introduce this unusual, warm atmosphere in the living room? Here are our tips.

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Rustic interior in the city? Why not!

Even though the rustic style looks the most striking and the most natural in restored mansions and country houses, nothing prevents their atmosphere from entering the apartments even in the heart of big cities. Owing to this treatment, our “flatlet” will become a haven of safety and a place where you can really relax and not forget about what is really the most important in your life.

What are the key elements of this style to use to build such an oasis? First of all, we should remember about using warm colours, authentic or antiqued elements of the decor, handicrafts (lace, knitting works, woven sidewalks), soft, natural textiles (embroidered flax, woollen plaids, etc.).

What should we avoid? Glossy surfaces, plastic, sharp lighting with a cold colour, strong contrasts, glass and metal, bright colours. Rustic interiors give the impression of being “dusted”, owing to which the colours and outlines are softened, and the whole creates an impression as warm and enveloping as favourite lamb’s wool slippers, and as sentimental as sepia photos from an old album.

The warmth of wooden jars

The sun and time “live” in the wooden jars, giving a sense of continuity, certainty, and peace. That is why visible ceiling beams, logs in the fireplace or old furniture made of natural wood, are characteristic determinants of the style. When building rustic interiors, it would be most advantageous to use old wood in an authentic form for flooring as well. However, because such wood is not easily available (and is also very demanding in care), we can try to use ceramic claddings, faithfully reproducing the appearance of old wooden boards.

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Beloved old things, family souvenirs, travel trophies, wicker baskets, grandpa’s liquor, and a floor with the appearance of old, time-worn wooden boards.

While arranging a living room in a given style, you surely cannot forget about the rest of the space. If the kitchenette is connected to the living room, the whole has to be arranged harmoniously. Unity is favoured by the same floor covering – for example, bright ceramic “boards”. Tiles with the appearance of white brick like a chameleon adapt to different styles and depending on the context in which they find themselves, they will co-create both modern and idyllic décor.

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On the floor ceramic tiles with the appearance of old boards, and on the wall white brick – a good way to a consistent rustic space.

Combination of styles with aged wood in the main role 

Currently, interiors are increasingly combining the features of different styles, taking the best of each of them. The rustic style eagerly combines, for example, with a Scandinavian or a palace one. Below we present two such examples.

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Successful marriage of rustic and Scandinavian style – simplicity, naturalness of wood and stone, and plenty of light – this is a way for home space for both work and rest.

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In this contemporary mansion, aged, stylized, and modern elements coexist together

An old stone as good as wood 

To arrange the living room in a rustic style as well as old wood check ceramic tiles imitating worn stone, clinker or old terracotta. These materials also make the interiors familiar and friendly. Remember that by choosing tiles for a rustic living room, avoid both strongly shiny glazing and polished surfaces.

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A clinker with a characteristic colour, combined with decorative tiles and furniture fronts in the kitchenette, these are the elements which at first glance let you identify the style of the room.

How else to introduce rustic style elements to the living room?

The interior climate is built of matter, colours and smells. If you enter a room with a modern fireplace, a large container for wooden logs, then the character of the place will change towards naturalness and cosiness. Tiles and wood are a great way to build such an atmosphere.

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Tiles, wood, and live fire – this is enough to warm up the interior climate.

IN A NUTSHELL

  1. The rustic style is not reserved exclusively for country houses and rich manors.
  2. This style can be successfully introduced into urban housing.
  3. When designing a rustic living room, it is worth putting on the elements of the decor which create a cosy, homely atmosphere: wood (natural and faithfully reproduced, preferably with visible imperfections such as knots, discoloration, time damage, and pests), stone, clinker, warm colours, traditional handicraft (lace, embroidery, woven carpets, knitted products, painted paintings, carved frames, clay pots), as well as live fire – from the fireplace or candles.
  4. Avoid plastic, strong contrasts, cold lighting, highly shiny surfaces, bright colours.
  5. The rustic style can be creatively combined with other styles – for instance. Scandinavian or palace.
  6. If we choose a rustic living room, elements of this style should consistently be found in the kitchen, bedrooms, and bathrooms, as well as around the house or on the balcony.

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Katarzyna Ciesielska-Szymczak
Marketingowiec i PR-owiec, z pasji i z wykształcenia. Miłośniczka treści – tych słownych, ale również wizualnych. Wiedza produktowa pomaga jej w codziennej współpracy z architektami i pisaniu świetnych artykułów.