How to Style: Rustic Design


Rustic interior design represents ruggedness and letting natural beauty shine. Rustic style encompases an organic, warm and inviting feel made up of natural raw materials. Weathered, raw wood is one of the most common materials used to create a rustic style. This can be incorporated into your space in the form of rustic furniture, ceiling beams and wood trims around different areas of the home. The main element of designing a rustic home is to create a space that is warm, inviting, and as natural as possible. Characteristics of rustic style include muted earthy colours, a pop of greenery and raw rugged materials such as metals, reclaimed wood and focal points like exposed beams or brick


Emphasise the natural- One of the main characteristics of a rustic home is the use of organic, natural materials in their natural state. This means lots of wood and stone (both in furniture and on ceilings/walls), and fabrics like burlap and canvas. Interior is natural and simple with an earthy feel. Raw materials are also common, so instead of adding a sleek, glossy burl wood, you'll utilise more reclaimed, unfinished woods and stone.


Handmade - In keeping with the natural theme, rustic furniture is usually handmade. It's generally simple in shape and design, letting the materials speak for themselves. Furniture is often heavy and oversized, and is designed to feel cosy, warm and comfortable.


Natural colour palette -  The colour palette is predominantly neutral. There is some room for bold colours if they are kept to earthy tones. Greens, browns, oranges and greys are popular in rustic design, it also favours warmth, so it doesn't feel too cold and stark.