Anatomy of a Room: Rustic

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Welcome to a new series, Anatomy of a Room, where we show you one room that gets it really, really right and then break down exactly why it works and how to copy the look for yourself.

Today, let's look at a rustic living room which manages to be light and bright yet cozy and comfortable at the same time. Which elements help it achieve this perfect balance? Read on.

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1. A planked, cathedral ceiling makes the space feel open and airy with a sense of grandeur. The light color spotlights the beautiful, natural knots in the timber.

2. Rough, imperfect beams frame the living space, making it feel sheltered and snug without being confining. The beams' rich color contrasts with the lighter walls for added interest.

3. Lots of streaming light makes the honey-colored floors and light walls really glow.

4. Notice the symmetry of the room — the beams, the lamps, the furniture, the windows all have a sense of balance and the wood stove anchors that repetition as the central focal point.

5. A large, rustic wooden console table mirrors the "heaviness" of the ceiling beams to ground the room.

6. Glass lamps are visually light — they contrast with the bulkier elements in the space, embellish the decor and are utilitarian without adding any discernible weight.

If you revel in the rustic look, steal a hint or two from this perfectly proportioned room.


(Image: Kieren and Stephanie DiTullio's upstate New York home via Lonny)

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