Rustic decorating is all the rage these days for good reason. This humble, simple decorating style is easy, affordable and charming. In this article, we will share some smart and simple DIY rustic home decor ideas that will help you get that “cabin-in-the-woods” feel quickly, easily and affordably. Read on to learn more.
Begin by setting the stage with rich, natural, earthy tones. A coat of paint or stain will give you just the right backdrop for rustic decorating. For walls, look for tones in light shades of brown and green. Accent with country blue, gold and red.
2. Add Flooring
If you are changing out your flooring, look for pine planking or floor covering that resembles pine planking. If you are not able to make a complete change, you can cover existing flooring with a large braided rug. Alternately, use carpeting in a neutral shade and accent it with hand woven rugs and/or faux fur rugs.
Creative chandeliers and light fixtures made with natural objects or faux objects that resemble them add a whimsical touch. For example, antler chandeliers are interesting, woodsy and a bit kitschy. You can purchase ready made faux antler chandeliers, or if you are a handy hunter create your own!
Hand made furniture is a lovely touch in a rustic décor. If you are a fair carpenter, you can create simple end tables, coffee tables and shelves. With this kind of decorating, you needn’t be a perfectionist. A few blemishes and imperfections actually add to the ambiance.
Another affordable alternative for rustic wooden furnishing is whitewashed, gently used pine pieces. A collection of mismatched, older natural wood furnishings can be nicely coordinated and made into a set by simply whitewashing and perhaps adding a bit of stenciled woodland decoration.
For seating, twig furnishing is a natural, as are big, plump, comfy sofas, chairs and love seats. Look for woodsy themed upholstery or reupholster older items to fit your woodland cabin theme.
Choosing accessories for a rustic home can be lots of fun because you can select items from a wide variety of sources. Handmade items from craft shows fit in naturally. Look for quilts, candles and candle holders, paintings, wooden plaques and carvings, wall hangings and more.
It’s easy to find woodland themed linens for your kitchen, bedroom and bath at many popular stores. Mix and match brand new rustic themed table linens, bedding and bathroom accessories with antique and collectible items for a unique, eclectic, intriguing look.
Pick up natural souvenirs on walks in the woods. Pine cones, interestingly shaped branches and the like make nice displays on the hearth or porch. Be sure to check for natural hitchhikers before bringing your treasures indoors.
When you go on vacation, be sure to visit local craft and souvenir shops for pieces that will blend beautifully with your own creative DIY rustic home decor ideas. Collecting rustic decorating items is an enjoyable pastime that lets you create a richly textured, interesting, charming home environment.