by: Claire Andreas for InteriorCrowd
December 16, 2015
December 16, 2015
Creating a space in your home that is both versatile and inviting can be a difficult task. While much of modern design is super-functional, it can lack the warmth that more traditional styles provide.
Rustic elegance decor brings the outdoors in to make your home feel like a cozy cabin in the woods. Combined with modern or feminine elements, the room can be whatever kind of organic retreat you design it to be; nature-inspired textures and materials like wood, stone, and distressed leather, and earthy hues of brown, green, and ecru can create a woodland sanctuary, even if you’re in the middle of a city. Contrast the raw edges of rough-hewn beams with the clean lines of a marble slab kitchen counter and oversized stainless steel oven hood in a kitchen or smooth walls and feminine chandelier in a bedroom and you’ve got a balance between the unrefined and a clean, modern design.
Unlike more modern or traditional styles, there aren’t really any rules for rustic elegance. The ratio of “rustic” to “elegant” designs that go in the room are entirely up to you as the designer. You can also entirely forego “elegant” for “modern”. Pieces can be expensive, contemporary designs, or farm-inspired found items from your local flea market – the combination is what makes the room entirely your own.
Because rustic elegance decor is such an amalgamation of anything you want it to be, it can be hard to know where to start looking for inspiration. Restoration Hardware is an awesome place to begin looking to get ideas, or to purchase larger furnishings that will be the room’s main focus. The 19th Century English Farmhouse Kitchen Table in Distressed Salvaged White has a raw, unfinished look – paired with the Madeline Fabric Side Chairs (also from Restoration Hardware) you can create a set that looks like an old, elegant farmhouse dining arrangement.
An exposed chandelier is chic and modern but draws the raw and undeveloped style of the unfinished wooden table upwards. Add a few industrial stainless steel accents with some silverware and a bar cart for modern simplicity and a contrast to the more primitive wood items.
Whether it’s in a studio in a large city or an actual barn in the forest, our designers can help you find furniture you love to create your perfect rustic space. Get started now!
Claire is the Content Manager at InteriorCrowd. While she was studying Film and Media at Queen's University, she worked as the Photo and Media intern at Dwell Magazine and fell in love with San Francisco's design community. After graduating, she returned home to the Bay Area and joined the team at InteriorCrowd.