A favourite trend in interior design is garnering steam once again, a beautiful marriage of the old and new– Urban Rustic. Known by other names such as vintage modern or industrial chic, urban rustic is the masterful interior design philosophy of contrasts: antique and modern, sleek and rugged, edgy and traditional, comfy and austere, hard and soft. And what makes this such a popular look is that it translates into every type of household –may it be bungalow houses, townhouses, apartments and condos.
For the busy bachelor, striving artist or working couple, here’s how to transform your cozy space with a touch of urban rustic charm.
1. There’s not much to it. You just need to remember to keep you decor to a conformed palette of grays (metal) and browns (distressed wood). Color should limited to very few pieces and plants used as decor.
2. While the palette is limited, you create a more interesting space by playing with textures, fabrics and finishes. Think aged metal work, exposed brick, unpainted concrete floors and distressed wood.
3. One key aspect of the urban rustic design is that while there may be different pieces that capture your eye, in no way is it supposed to come off as cluttered. Keep spaces open and clutter free.
4. One unique aspect of urban rustic is that you have the opportunity to repurpose architectural gems and make them the focal piece of the room. For example, an old wood and metal farm door can be repurposed to be your dining table, or a tire set on its side and brandished with a glass top can serve as a mini table. You don’t have to renovate the heck out pre-loved items. Just clean it up and let its age and character shine through.
5. Since urban rustic is about the play of contrasts, to complement the muted palette, light becomes integral in the design. Bring in natural light through big windows (no fussy drapes please) or simple suspension bulbs.