When we speak to another person about rustic interiors it could well happen that we both start from very different viewpoints what that actually means. Rustic might mean something completely different to one person than it does to another. We could be talking about Mediterranean rustic or Scandinavian rustic, farmhouse rustic or industrial rustic, alpine rustic or boho rustic. Everybody will have a different interpretation. However, there are elements that – no matter what your rustic preference looks like – are always a part of this style and that can also be incorporated and added to our existing styles. After all, mixing styles (contemporary and rustic for example) is a great way to make a home more interesting.

So, if you’re looking to give your home a beautifully rustic look, here are some tips on how to achieve that.

Dining Table

Let’s start with the overall feel. Rustic homes tend to feel warm and inviting even if they’re painted completely white as we often find in the Mediterranean or in Scandinavia. The secret lies in using textures. Rustic homes are not always the most colourful ones, so adding lots of different textures is key to adding interest and preventing it from looking bland. If you’re looking to create a rustic home or room from scratch, then think about having your walls roughly plastered, it’s a really beautiful look that will work well with all the different rustic styles. Wooden floorboards are another element that will work in pretty much all setting. Cement walls are an unusual option and textured tiles work beautifully in kitchens and bathrooms.


When it comes to accessories and furniture, wood is the one material that should be present in any rustic home, no getting around that one really. Whether it’s an old farmhouse table, reclaimed scaffolding shelves or original doors, wood is the thing to go for. It is down to personal preference whether the wood should be light or dark, but the things to avoid are any highly polished reproduction or mid-century styles – I’m afraid they’re not really a great fit for the rustic look.

Pearson Designgroup Alpine

You should have some natural elements in the room; plants in terracotta pots, large bouquets of flowers (they don’t need to be super-expensive, think daffodils, tulips, any flowers you can pick on a walk) whether fresh or dried, baskets, heavy fabrics like linen and thick wool blankets.

Linen, Wood, Bricks, Flowers

If you’re looking to truly splash out (and are in the middle of a complete renovation anyway) then investing in a wood burner will mean adding the ultimate rustic touch to your home. A wood burner with a fire burning in it will give you that cosy rustic feel on cold winter nights and still looks great (even without the fire) during the warmer months. Oh, and try to keep some of the bricks exposed around it for extra “rusticness”.

Wood Burner

One last word: rustic interiors are rarely minimalist, so it’s the perfect look for people who like their books, ornaments, and stuff in general.


Image Sources: Damernas Varld / Unique Home Stays / Desire to Inspire / Espacio Living / Leva & Bo


By Carole Poirot on 11.04.16

Guest Contributor

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