Decorating Inspiration: 10 Rustic Design Details

Decorating Inspiration: 10 Rustic Design Details

Adrienne Breaux
Dec 31, 2015

Does colder, winter-y weather make you dream of curling up under big blankets in front of a fire in your very own cozy cabin in the woods? Well if you don't have the time, money or energy to seek out a cabin (and aren't lucky enough to already live in one), you can still add a few bought or DIY design details to your home to give a little bit more of a rustic feel. And the best part of these details is that most of them will work in just about any style of home — even if you don't live in a log cabin!

1. Rustic art

Whatever landscape you wished you could see while peering out of a cabin window, you can recreate on a wall with a photography print you buy or DIY. Especially if you combine it with some of the details below, you'll have a rustic-feeling cozy corner in no time.

2. A rough edge shelf

If you know how to DIY floating or hanging shelves (perhaps even shelves with nice leather strap supports), go for it! Using wood with a rough, natural edge would instantly add a little rustic to a room. But if you don't want to drill in your walls, get creative like the photo above to add a rough edge piece of lumber to a spot in the home. In a modern space, it will warm the room up and in an already bohemian or rustic designed space it'll fit right in.

3. Stacks of firewood

Even if you don't have a fireplace, a few strategically placed stacks of firewood (that you can cut down yourself or buy at the store) can add to a feel of cozy and become a design element when displayed.

4. An array of rustic and woodland-themed accessories

Take a vignette over with a few accessories and elements that feel particularly rough around the corners or give off that mood. Even just chunks of rough found wood could be incorporated into tabletop displays to add to the feel. Mix in some warm lighting with candles to complete the cozy look.

5. Antlers as curtain tiebacks

Simple touches can be added to your curtains with these tiebacks.

(Image credit: Ana White)

6. DIY a rustic bench

Perfect in an entryway, living room, end of the bed or any other place you can think to put it, this DIY rustic bench would go great with plenty of home styles and be a perfect place for stacks of books, warm throws or textured baskets. And this DIY version only costs $15 to make.

7. Baskets and ladders/stools

Speaking of baskets, there's something so earthy and textured about baskets and other woven elements that they add to a rustic feel. You can use them particularly successfully in bathrooms, kitchens and entryways for storing stuff, but they look great anywhere. And ladders and stools give another opportunity to bring more warm wood into your rooms.

8. Big chunky throw blankets

It's not wood or rough, but having a few good-looking and thick woven blankets will bring a nice texture to your space and make it feel cozy, like the inside of a cabin might feel.

9. Roughed up furniture

Farmhouse tables, with roughed up wood tops and simple shapes, are a great edition to a kitchen or dining room to add a rustic feel. But it doesn't have to be something as big as a dining could find an old coffee table or side table and distress it yourself to give it a rustic look.

10. A charming rustic DIY centerpiece

A small detail, for sure, but a charming one. And the perfect sort of thing to add to home in time for holiday entertaining!

Re-edited from a post originally published on 12.7.14-NT

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