Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Doing modern rustic designs

As the trend to use reclaimed materials for furniture and accessories continues, a new decorating style known as modern rustic has emerged.

To create modern rustic designs, homeowners can use exposed beams, stone cladding and large windows to have a panoramic view of the outdoors.

This style of decorating combines the warmth and charm that comes with rustic elements with modern amenities.

If you’re looking for the same character, comfort and style, here’s how to pair modern designs with homemade rustic furniture:

Making use of reclaimed furnishings

More and more people realize that using reclaimed materials is not necessarily just about slapping together a couple of wooden pallets to make a piece of rustic furniture. It is no longer just a trend, it’s a lifestyle.

Reclaimed materials cover a wider scope than this, and can include repurposing old furniture, giving dated furniture a new look, as well as being on the lookout for salvage timber that can be used in new ways. 

A lot of homeowners associate reclaimed furniture with bulky, unattractive pieces that have been slapped together with a few nails. However, to make the best looking furniture possible, it is in your best interests to take the time to make pieces that are crafted with love and attention to detail.

The key to successfully blending modern designs with rustic elements is finding a way to bring the outdoors inside.

If you’re not a fan of wood pallet furniture, rather shop around for second-hand furniture that has the potential to be modernized with detailing, natural fabrics like animal prints, paint or a bit of modification. You could also keep my eye out for salvaged materials such as Oregon pine flooring, teak beams, saligna or other hardwoods from fencing and decks.

Think of different ways you can incorporate reclaimed materials like raw wood and stone into your decor scheme so that you enhance your home’s look. 

Modern rustic décor ideas

The key to successfully blending modern designs with rustic elements is finding a way to bring the outdoors inside. To do this, homeowners can use exposed beams, stone cladding and large windows to have a panoramic view of the outdoors. 

In a modern house, reclaimed materials should complement a space and add a new dimension to it. In some settings, materials can be left in their raw state, or wood may need to be stained or painted.  

If you enjoy mixing it up, then don't be afraid to combine modern and rustic in your own unique way.

For instance, you could clad a modern bathtub in reclaimed wood planks painted white. This will complement the streamlined look associated with modern design while the use of painted wood will give it a grounded feeling. 

You could also try this with a modern bedroom. Use a rustic headboard made from wood planks to give it that cozy, country look. 

A secondhand vintage cabinet can be transformed into a bathroom vanity that brings a dash of eclectic glamour to a modern bathroom. Simply have it restore if needed, and have the hardware replaced with era appropriate handles. 

Sometimes less is best. Rather than overwhelm a white kitchen with reclaimed wood accessories, look at how you can incorporate a few wood touches here and there. Reclaimed wood planks can be mounted on one side of a kitchen island to tie in with rustic kitchen stools and bamboo blinds. 

If you enjoy mixing it up, then don't be afraid to combine modern and rustic in your own unique way. For example, you could mount a reclaimed wood table top on a chrome steel base, add some mirrors and a reflective pendant lamp above the table to create a cozy and stylish dining area. 


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