When you are looking for the right way to shake up your space, it’s all about creating that feeling that you want to come home to. A rustic style doesn’t appear to go out of fashion, even though it’s representative of yesteryear. In fact, this idea of a little bit of “rough around the edges” is very appealing, especially as winter is fast approaching. So if you’re trying to make your home feel more rustic, but you don’t have the capacity to renovate your property from top to bottom, what are your options?
Pick A Rustic Centerpiece
Charity shops are a goldmine for rustic centrepieces. While you may not be able to nab yourself a sideboard for a bargain price, you may still see classic coffee tables or even some upcycled furniture that you can use as a focal point for your living room. Creating that feeling of yesteryear has never been so easy thanks to charity shops, and while everything is so cheap, you need to rein yourself in, because overloading your home space with old looking antiques, tea sets, and the like, can look unbelievably tacky.
Change The Colours
A very simple way to create a more rustic looking living space is to forgo the whites, creams and blues for browns, reds, and more tanned colours. While painting the walls can automatically transform a space, don’t underestimate what you have beneath your feet, and renovating your entire floor area can be costly, so it might be time to go for carpet. Carpet is completely out of vogue right now; wool carpet adds that rustic hue to an environment.
Upcycling is incredibly popular now, but it can be expensive depending on where you look. Instead, why don’t you try your hand at making a few DIY focal points? You could create your own plank wall, with a few hooks and you’ve got a makeshift coat hanger! It is a bit of an overstatement to say that you can turn any old plank of wood into something presentable, this is why upcycling is so popular. It can require a little bit of finesse, but if you have the time and the inclination, any old shoddy bit of material from the 70s can be made into something pretty striking.
It’s the little touches that make the space what it is. When looking to employ a rustic sensibility, you could go for focal points, but when your budget is stretched, accessories like lamps, photo frames, and quirky ornaments are called for. A beautiful little cabinet can be turned into a space for photos, candles, or wine glasses that lightens up one corner of a room. Accessories can be cheap, but beware when cheap equates to tacky. Again, with the charity shops, but be sure that what you’re buying adds to the ambience of the room.
As much as we’d like to have that log cabin feel, we have to pick and choose little touches that can incorporate a warm and rustic feeling.