Rustic Impressions

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I just returned last month from the World Market furniture show in Las Vegas. It is always inspiring to see the latest and greatest in furniture and decor and be surrounded by all the emerging trends. It sounds glamorous and exciting, but in reality it is daunting, stressful and exhausting.....there is a reason they serve wine at the end of the day. I definitely saw a vast influence of rustic decor that has infiltrated style trends. A great style to consider when renovating or building if this is where your personal taste and style resides. However, if this is not your typical style but you are certainly becoming more and more intrigued by its warm and textured appeal, it is easy to incorporate rustic elements into any decor without being commitment with permanent materials.

When decorating it is important to thinking about what feeling or mood you want to create in your space? It is important to look at the bones of your home and let them provide a little inspiration. The style of your house and the architectural detail definitely is something to consider when determining your style. This is especially important when it comes to the permanent finishes such as cabinetry, flooring, and millwork as it must be consistent with the style of the house and not necessarily the latest trends. It is important to consider this when choosing furniture, however, you can be a little more creative and think outside the box with decor as it is easy to modify in the future as trends change.  If the house is quite contemporary in style, but you want to incorporate some rustic elements into your home, it is easy to do without changing out everything and starting over. Eclectic style is all about marrying different trends together and still having them balance and make sense. A chrome and leather chair looks incredible on a hand-scraped hardwood floor. A rustic wheel cart coffee table, which is all the rage right now, can still be incorporated into any space traditional or contemporary.

Hand-scraped hardwood floor is incredibly popular right now and I don’t think it is just for the aesthetic appeal. I believe that this finish on hardwood has gained instantly popularity due to its functional characteristics, which makes it a trend that will not soon date. After everyone put dark, glossy maple floors in five to ten years ago, they realized how incredibly difficult they were to not only keep clean, but maintain from scratching with daily wear and tear, especially with animals and children. Hand-scraped hardwood shows little dust and dirt and most scratches and dints are hidden or end up looking like they are suppose to be there. A definite winner in my books and they look fantastic in almost any space from traditional to contemporary and transitional to country.

If you’re not willing to dive that deep into the rustic trend with a large piece of furniture, it is still possible just to add some rustic elements. A great rustic wood mirror looks fantastic on metallic wallpaper or a large free form wooden bowl on a glass table or a metallic vase with natural sticks. The rustic trend is about bringing natural elements in doors. It takes inspiration from nature and mixing old with the new. An influence of taking something old and recycling it for a new and modern purpose. Gears and wheels are being seen everywhere and on everything. Metal and wood are the materials of choice this season. Linen or a linen-look fabric has taken over in upholstery, which looks fantastic and is great in a formal dining room or living room, but not the best choice with young kids or pets. If you want this look and have young children, I would suggest keeping it away from the kitchen table or anywhere there is food, and to ensure that you get fabric protection if you are putting it on a sofa or chair.

Antique pewter, copper, bronze and gold are all gorgeous finishes and look fantastic when they are incorporated together. They pair beautifully with greys, caramels and whites and look fabulous with natural wood species such as walnut, and acacia wood. Other elements to consider are nail head details on furniture, cow hide rugs on floors and interlocking mirrors. Don’t be afraid to think outside the box and mix all these natural elements together.

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