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How to Create a “Rustic” Look for Your Home

May 2, 2017 by
How to Create a “Rustic” Look for Your Home

When you live in Maine, “rustic living” is more than trend, it’s a way of life. And while there may be an abundance of forest in our state, that doesn’t mean you can’t incorporate a more natural look to your home as well, no matter where you live!

From re-purposing unused wood for larger home renovations, to making your own small handmade crafts, check out our guide to adding rustic flair to your home.

More Wood? Yes, please!

rustichouse3If there’s one thing that defines “rustic” décor, it’s rugged, natural looking wood. And while your access to aesthetically-interesting wood may depend on where you live, you can definitely start small by selecting cabinets, nightstands, chairs, and small storage chests with a rustic style to help accent the overall feel of your home.

Fortunately, one of the good things about rustic décor is that a natural, exposed look lends itself to a lot of home settings, so even a few small pieces can add a depth of character to an otherwise empty space. Don’t be shy – bedrooms, living rooms, even the kitchen can all benefit from the natural look of wood.

rustichouse2If you’re feeling particularly crafty, and want to try building something yourself, you can try using reclaimed wood to create a unique headboard for your bedroom, an exciting coffee table, bookshelf, or wine rack from used pallets.

If you’re able, try using a piece of wood close to your natural surroundings for added sentimentality and personal touch. When you’re able to give a story behind a piece, it makes everything all the more unique and interesting.

For those who are feeling ambitious, try using reclaimed wood to make bunk beds for children, or even sliding barn doors for a rustic entryway. The possibilities are endless!

To help coordinate your living space, incorporate other tan-colored furnishings, color, and décor to help complement the natural exposed look of raw wood for an inviting warm space that everyone can enjoy.

Do It Yourself!

rustichouse33Even if you don’t want to undertake a huge project or renovation for your home, there’s no shortage of small, easy to design DIY projects you can do at home to enhance the look of a room.

Experiment with small pieces of reclaimed wood, or twigs even, by making easy DIY crafts like coasters, picture frames, or decorative cups.

You can even use spare pieces of twine or rope to make small trinkets like candle holders – not everything has to be wood after all. Use your imagination and express yourself!

Do you have any good ideas for rustic DIY design projects? Let us know in the comments below!

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