Elements of Contemporary Rustic Style

Elements of Contemporary Rustic Style

Leah Moss
Jun 3, 2009
A few months ago I was intrigued by the Sproost style quiz, and was pleasantly surprised to find my style to be overwhelmingly "rustic revival." While it's rare (and oftentimes boring, contrived, etc) to come across a home done entirely in one distinct style, it got my wheels turning. What elements make modern rustic style unique? Too often it's lumped together with its girlier cousins: cabbage rose laden "shabby chic" and plaid sofa-ed "country charm," but there seems to be more to it than slip-covered comfort and walls of knotty pine...

The rustic style of yore was characterized by lodge decor— heavy leather furnishings, wood paneled walls, and taxidermy in abundance. While we see certainly find elements of the by-gone cabin decor sprinkled through modern woodland schemes, the following traits seem to be the most dominant attributes of the rustic revival.

1 Natural, unprinted fabrics: linen, burlap, canvas, animal skins

2 Raw woods with limited varnishes and paints

3 Simple rugs made of natural materials such as jute, sea grass, sisal, or animal furs.
4 A balance of whites and light neutrals on the walls, window coverings, and upholstery to brighten a room full of wood.

5 Understated seating options (often in neutrals) with limited embellishments

What would you add?

(Images: 1: Sophie Robinson, 2: House Beautiful, 3: Tobi Tobin via desire to inspire, 4: Paul Massey, 5,7: Morten Holtum, 6: Jake Curtis, 8: James Merrell)

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