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Why not elaborate on your own style and reinvent your personal space in the new year?

Rustic design has taken root in home fashion trends by blending seemingly incompatible components to create warm and charming spaces. Rustic interiors have a compelling connection to the past. Unpretentious roots keep things close to their inherent state formed by an ageless mix of natural hues, distressed finishes, warm textiles and organic patterns. This stylish use of rustic elements in interior spaces complements all kinds of decor and is not limited by rules like other design types. 

Let’s take a deeper look into the rustic design trend. Whether in a cabin, chalet, farmhouse, warehouse or city loft, rustic elements bring out natural beauty and a simplistic spirit. The transformation of homes, especially older homes and buildings, through restoration is often a simple way to create rustic inspired living spaces. Structural elements like steel columns, rough-hewn wood beams, exposed brick and stone, and barn doors have become recognizable features of rustic design. Repurposed objects, weathered materials, and hammered, distressed and tarnished metals used in architecture and decor are interspersed to create a warm and memorable space. Not surprisingly, rustic design is appealing to those who enjoy a scavenger hunt and like to create a look through found objects with worn aesthetics and DIY projects.

Rustic design has many facets and blends with other styles creating a sense of timelessness. It is not governed by rules defined in styles such as traditional or modern. Key features include natural forms, understated fabrics, weathered and unpolished surfaces, and roughened textures and are evocative of the earthiest elements through wood, metal, leather, animal hides and ceramic pieces. A rustic palette is derived from bark, stone and soil. White walls are cheerful and versatile and balance substantial pieces that lean towards the hearty side of decor. Rustic design brings the outdoors in and exposes the knottiness of wood and its grain.  The masculinity of darker wood can be softened with floral stems. A welcoming hearth adds additional warmth to rustic interiors.

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Rustic Modern provides present-day comfort with nostalgic charm. Casual elegance is enhanced through light floors, large windows, preserved architectural features, neutral tones, and contemporary furniture. The space feels fresh and fluid, light and grounded. These occasional round and square tables with a worn black finish from the Bellagio Collection are ideal for creating this look.

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Rustic Traditional emits an understated elegance with a comfortable feel. Symmetry, a muted palette, rich woods, polished floors and woven textiles bring traditional elements into a rustic space with primitive walls, patinated surfaces and cream painted furniture. Fresh flowers, a crystal chandelier, silver candlesticks, gilt-framed paintings and fringed drapery add subtle glamor to a rustic space.

The Boutique Collection from Jessica McClintock Home is full of unique accents and ornate traditional forms. These richly detailed pieces blend materials and finishes like her White Veil to create this traditionally romantic look.


Rustic Industrial is emphasized in buildings with historic pasts that have prominent architectural features like exposed components, finishes and mechanical details, high-gloss, matte or unfinished concrete floors, and brushed metal features like copper, nickel and cast iron. Repurposed industrial elements and hardware, reclaimed timber and railroad ties, Edison-style bulbs and retro lighting, and monochromatic colors enhance the space.

The Tremile Industrial Style Nesting Table with Casters from Signature Design by Ashley will add a rustic appeal to any room. Go back to an earlier era through the industrial design of this occasional table with plumber fixture style metal legs and rivet details in a bronze finish with dark wood.

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Rustic Utilitarian captures the waste-not-want-not principles of the environmentalist movement. The style is simplistic, functional, hearty and substantial. These often reclaimed, revitalized pieces are selected based on longevity and artisanal handicraft.

Inspired by the farm-to-table movement, the Willow Bend Collection by Hooker Furniture brings an eclectic mix of timeless farmhouse classics and modern utility to create a relaxed yet sophisticated look. The rustic appearance of this collection is crafted from poplar and hardwood solids, with swirl oak, oak burl, and knotty pine oak veneer accents. Carved turnings, trestle motifs, and antique-inspired metal accents exude character with modern function.

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Rustic Elegance embraces natural forms with effortless feminine beauty. An earthy warmth and cozy sense of timelessness are emitted through the use of natural light and natural fabric, solid colors and neutral tones. Organic forms, soft edges and roughened textures add to the evocative simplicity of this style.

The casually refined charm of the Auberge Collection by Bernhardt will transform a simple space into a memorable home. Inspired by French cottage style with English and Swedish references, Auberge features pieces that feel like they’re one-of-a-kind. The Vintage White and Weathered Oak finishes provide warm tones that are adorned with select metal pieces and detailing like antique mirrored glass tops and scalloped edges that give pieces a graceful, time-worn look that is sophisticated and unique.

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Rustic Chic offers a transitional twist to any living space by blending rustic elements with other styles. Clean, simple, organic forms are paired with all kinds of fabrics and accessories to convey an eclectic charm. This unique bedroom by 900 Antique by International Furniture Direct creates a charmingly cozy environment in your home. These furniture pieces are expertly crafted from solid wood. An antiqued look is created by distressing and wire brushing in multiple colors and accented by hand forged iron hardware.

Our knowledgeable team at Zak’s Fine Furnishings looks forward to helping you select the next accent or piece of furniture to define your style at home. Stop by the showroom featuring quality brand names you have come to know and trust.


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