Rustic Modern Design Style
Think about living in a pristine forest of tall trees but placing it only a few miles from a bustling city with all its cultural events, sports events and amenities. That’s what Rustic Modern design style is all about. It’s not about the froufrou of Shabby Chic, or even the overuse of elk, deer or bear accents surrounding an overstuffed leather couch with fringe tassels and plaid. Instead, it’s about finding a retreat in nature where you can have all the amenities of modern convenience and style while honoring nature in all its of simplicity… and glory.
Find a place you find serenity, whether it’s in the woods, nestled in the mountains, or beside your favorite fishing hole. Then the transition from outside in will be that much more seamless.
Wood and Stone
Bring nature inside by preserving that old stone or brick wall, or reusing the old wood in a barn sliding door if you’re remodeling. If you’re building new, then consider adding stone for your fireplace, wood or rustic porcelain tile floors that reflect nature in their coloration, or placing beams in your open beam ceiling. This is probably the most important aspect of the Rustic Modern design style.
Open Floor Plan
Just like the clearing where you could pitch your tent to spend a summer night in the forest, open floor plans really help to create a unified space, whether its the kitchen, dining room or gathering space.
The focal point of any living/family room is the fireplace, so make certain that’s it’s somewhat substantial in size and made of natural materials. Just like a camping experience isn’t complete without a campfire, it will make the entire space seem cozier.
Take in the View!
Another way to bring nature into your home is with big windows. Feature the views: If the backside of your home faces the hillside, but the front has a view of the landscape, be sure to put big windows to take advantage of the view. A modern home is always full of natural light, and the view will lower your blood pressure while bringing that rustic feeling into your home.
Neutral Color Palette
While one could say that nature has amazing colors to share with us, rustic style uses more neutral tones- think sand, the bark and the heartwood (or sapwood) of a newly cut tree, stone, and soil. Part of the reason we often see lighter colored (neutral) walls in a Rustic Modern home is that it’s a needed respite from the darker and heavier tones of the wood and stone we’ve used. You can add color that reflects nature in accessories, placed sparingly and judiciously.
Modern Furniture and Conveniences
Keep your furniture, linens and rugs mostly linear, yet comfortable. Fewer curves and embellishments is generally the goal. Texture is the important element to consider when selecting various pieces of your furniture: leather, solid color fabrics, cow hide, tweeds, linen, wood, non reflective metals all could be a part of this palette.
Your kitchen is probably the biggest user of amenities that will make life practical and comfortable: while you should select wood cabinets that aren’t too dark to feature their wood grain (AND avoid painted cabinets), you want to keep your newest features on your refrigerator, cooktop, and oven so you can comfortably prepare meals for your family and guests.
Although rustic style in its most traditional sense might appear dark and unsophisticated by today’s standards, Rustic Modern has appeared over the recent years that feels grounded yet light, fresh and authentic.
If this design style appeals to you like it does to me, then let’s get started on your home. It’s true that some elements that I’ve described probably can’t be executed in your home, concentrate your efforts on renovating and creating what you can do to compose the Rustic Modern space that will make your heart sing.
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