Modern design homes may showcase smooth and polished surfaces, monochromatic spaces and all the latest fashion when it comes to furniture and minimalist decorative items. However, when you overdo it, modern décor can seem cold and artificial, which many homeowners want to avoid. This is why, in order to add their own unique and personal touch to their living space, many of them introduce certain natural elements and hints of rustic design here and there. This allows them to create somewhat of an eclectic and a bit warmer décor style in their home. Here are some ideas for you to turn your own home into a modern rustic one as well.
Rustic kitchen upgrades
When it comes to kitchens, they’re the perfect place to start with upgrades. First of all, there’s a difference between the role of the kitchen in a home in the past and nowadays, which is reflected in its design. While once the kitchen was simply a place where food was prepared and only the cooks would spend time in, today it’s a common area, a focal point of most homes, and a place where families spend their time together. So, a modern kitchen will feature plenty of technology, sensors and smart designs, with white and other lighter colors now making way for darker cabinet colors, and with quartz countertops being the first choice of most homeowners. A nice way to make it a bit more rustic and natural is to choose a warm and welcoming hazelnut for your cabinets, or replace your quartz countertops with butcher block ones. Add a few vintage-looking canisters or hang some decorative plates on the kitchen walls and you’ll create that farmhouse charm you were aiming for.
Dine like a farmer
No matter how slick and modern your dining room set is, if your ceiling has exposed wooden beams or if you’ve put some vintage decorative dishes on a rustic wooden shelf on one of the walls, the room will get a wonderful country-style feel to it. On the other hand, if your walls are painted in one of the contemporary hues, such as misty blue, coral or various shades of gray, with huge windows for a modern look, you’ll make a great impact by choosing a large country-style wooden table with matching old-fashioned chairs, or functional barn doors, which are an ideal combination of rustic and modern that can fit into any space. Another way to mix and match these two décor styles is through lighting fixtures. Current fashion dictates matte finishes and minimalist lighting fixtures, as well as pendant lights in different shapes and colors, which you can hang above that rustic table, or you can go the other way about it and hang a rustic ring light with unfinished metal details. Finally, if you opt for natural wood for your flooring, it will be just a big enough splash of rustic for any amount of modern-style décor.
Bring the outdoors into your living room
A white color palette with contemporary graphic art and see-through furnishing is what you can expect from a modern living room. This minimalism with its clean and organized, and sometimes even sterile space can benefit a lot from some more natural elements. For instance, if you have large windows with a view of the city, you might lack the golden yellows and greens of trees and fields, which is something you can introduce through art on the walls. Similarly, a straight-line sofa will look much cozier and alluring if you place several embroidered cushions and throws on top of it, or if you choose furniture covers in prints and patterns which mimic the exact type of outdoor spaces you like, whether it’s a red, orange and yellow sunset, or the greens, blues and grays of a rainy day over a green meadow. Another great way to achieve a similar effect is by investing in a nice traditional rug for your living room floor. Whether you choose it in wool or another natural material, a rustic area rug will make your living room instantly more inviting and will soften any sharpness of contemporary-design furniture. Just make sure that the color you get your rug in complements the rest of the room and that you like it enough to make it a part of your living room design.
Your home is your safe haven, your go-to place when you need to hide from all the stress and madness of everyday life. This is why you should add a dash of nature and just a tinge of rustic style to make it a serene and relaxing place you need it to be. With these tips, it should be a piece of cake.
Lilly Miller is a Sydney-based graphic designer, passionate writer and proud auntie. Loves everything about home decor, art history and baking. Shares home with two loving dogs and a gecko named Rodney.
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