Rustic interiors invoke a sense of nostalgia, happiness and warmth. Rustic style furniture pieces are also gaining the reputation of being ‘green’ or eco-friendly, because they are made from natural materials.
If you wish to give your space a rustic look and feel, you could go all out and include dining sets, coffee tables, consoles, mirrors, dressers and bedroom pieces which have been aesthetically designed, keeping the concept in mind.
You could also opt for the middle path by adding rustic elements to an otherwise modern/sophisticated space. This can be done by including a couple of statement pieces, or using faux wood panels and beams on your ceilings. Another popular option is having a faux/real brick/textured wall which is sure to grab attention and earn you compliments.
If you can’t make major changes to your interior decor, you could try sprucing up your space with a few hand-crafted wooden centerpieces, wall-hangings, hand-woven straw baskets, wooden bowls, etc. If you have a rustic-themed restaurant, you should focus on the lighting as well. Warm, golden light really enhances the look and feel of the place.
The kind of wood used to make these pieces, and the finishing that is given to them is very important. Hard pine wood or mahogany wood are popular choices for creating rustic furniture/decorative items. Texture, essentially is the basic element of ‘rustic furniture’.
New furniture, which has been designed to look well-worn focuses a lot on the different marks and knots of the wood, and tries to preserve them as much as possible. Hand-finishing also ensures that the pieces look unique and have the feel and character that will differentiate them from mass-manufactured modern pieces.
Rustic furniture has a certain charm and authenticity. Original unique pieces are incomparable to anything else available in the market. Not only does it look great, but it is highly functional as well. It isn’t extremely fragile like some antique pieces, and isn’t as fussy and high maintenance as expensive leather furniture, or pieces made of delicate materials.
If you have kids and pets, rustic furniture could be the best furniture for your home. The scratches, marks, impressions and occasional stains that the furniture may acquire over the years will just add more character to the pieces! With other expensive/delicate furniture you have to constantly goad kids to not eat/drink while sitting on it, and basically tip-toe around your own house, but sturdy, rustic furniture will rid you of all these problems.