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Rustic Decorating Ideas

Posted on: April 23, 2009

Rustic decorating is trendy, chic, comfortable, and affordable. Woods should be rough hewn or unfinished in appearance. Chairs and sofas are oversized and casual. Colors should reflect the colors found in nature.

Your grays should remind you of stone, greens should be those found in grass, moss, or leaves, and your reds, oranges and golds should reflect autumn. Walls and floors should be neutral, but not white. Wood paneling should be textured—not smooth.

A fireplace should have a large opening, a stone hearth and a wooden mantle—perhaps cedar. A braided rug in front of the fireplace, and any additional woodwork could be bleached or just varnished, with no high sheen.

Furniture of cedar, birch, knotty pine, wicker, or painted slab will be easy to maintain. Don’t bother to match pieces…to be rustic you need to mix it up a bit. Your cushions, pillow and upholstery need to be of rough, highly textured, wools, woven burlaps, or plain cottons. You’ll want so plaids, wood scenes, and animal prints for sofas, chairs, table cloths, napkins, and window treatments.

You can use a long plank table with side benches in your dining room, great room or family-style kitchen. If you have both a kitchen and a dining room, put an old oak table with bent willow chairs in the kitchen. A couple of large rocking chairs in front of the fireplace. Don’t forget the bear rug! Or that tree-trunk coffee table in front of that pole log sofa! Arrange your seating in close groupings to encourage conversation.

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