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The Rustic Charm

Old and unpolished is the new buzz in the world of interior design. Rustic, tracing its roots in the 18 th to 19 th century England is characterized by raw, unassuming and roughly finished furnishings is becoming the new brand new.

Everyone is apparently digging the rustic country charm and we can’t help but jump into the bandwagon. Why not? It’s a fresh take on home deco that entails less maintenance and more flexibility. Not to mention that you won’t have to break the bank to get the look. Win, win.

Popularized by the Millennials, whose lifestyle is synonymous to comfort and functionality, this no frill trend can be achieved with almost any space. The key element being an open floor plan, a perfect balance of modern and classic furnishings and natural architectural elements like open ceiling, industrial finish and a few exposed pipes and wires. Yes you heard it right, it breaks all the rules we were made to believe about good home design.

For those who are still a bit clueless how it’s done, here’s are some hacks you can follow to convert your homes into a rustic abode.

Wood

We’re not talking about perfectly polished wood here. Rustic is synonymous to raw. Wood bark, unfinished wooden panels and even tree trunks, literally.

While antiques will give that usual rustic vibe, most furniture are now shifting towards the more unpolished looks.

Stone, Glass and Steel

Outdoor tiles used indoors, yes. Unmounted glass over a salvaged piece of wood? Perfect center table. Exposed still beam? No need to cover them. Hints and pieces of industrial looking pieces we would frequently dispose or hide make interesting architectural spin to the dominantly organic color palette.

The most trivial of things

An old sewing machine from your grandparents? Center piece. Vinyl records collecting dust in your dad’s garage? Mount them on the wall for added hipster vibe. The most random of things can make your space more interesting. Break the monotony of modern gadgets and furnishing by adding a few touches from the previous eras.

While there is no by the book description as to how to achieve the rustic vibe, it pays to make sure that everything is cohesive. After all, you don’t want to turn your home into a massive junk shop. The trick is always moderation. When you feel something is off, hold back. Rustic interior design is a make it your own. Own your space and the rest will easily follow.