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What Is Rustic Design?

by Diana Lucivero, CRS 06/21/2021

Rustic design is frequently mixed with other interior design styles, but is an entire style on its own as well. While it might be easy to point out the rustic parts of other designs, narrowing down what “rustic” truly means can be difficult. Here we will go over the key elements of rustic design so you have a better understanding of the term and how to apply it to your own home decorating.

Here are the important features in rustic design:

Real Wood

Rustic design favors actual wood over artificial alternatives. Wide-planked wooden floors, barn doors and exposed beams are all key elements you’ll find in rustic inspired spaces. Wood pieces that are weathered or slightly distressed are a great choice, as the style celebrates the gritty and imperfect aspect of the material. Going for wood with obvious grain, knots and other unique markings and imperfections will get you on the right track to rustic design.

Handmade

Another key aspect of rustic decor is the focus on handmade and reclaimed pieces. A rustic design interior should have major furnishings that are unique and maybe a little rough around the edges. If you love to DIY, you’ll love exploring this aspect of rustic style. Obviously, not everything has to be handmade, but the more focus you can put on the handmade aspect of your style the better. Using reclaimed materials is a great way to further enhance the aesthetic, especially if you go the DIY route.

Heavy

Rustic style pieces are heavy. Tables and seating will have large, thick legs and broad silhouettes. The furnishings themselves may be literally quite heavy as well, especially if made from solid wood. For fabrics and softer aspects of the style, you can still find a lot of weight. Common materials include wool, dark leather and jute. Go for sturdy fabrics and anything else that evokes a strong yet low-profile feel.

Texture

The more texture you have in a rustic design space, the better. Unfinished wood with knots and grains is essential. You might also want to include other textured pieces like jute rugs or distressed leather. Raw stone and brick make great choices for features like fireplaces and kitchen accents. As long as you avoid anything especially smooth or shiny you’ll be within the realm of rustic style.

Exposed Beams

Wooden beams are an iconic aspect of rustic design. This goes both for interior and exterior aesthetics. Think vaulted ceilings with exposed beams that evoke the same feeling as a barn or lodge. Even if your ceilings are low or flat, decorative beams that give the appearance of being structural are a pure rustic charm. Regardless of the architectural style of your home, if you have any exposed beams you’re already on your way to rustic design.

While these are the basic tenets of the rustic design style, there are no rules. Mixing in contrasting materials like glass, polished metallics and softer textiles will still work in a rustic space. Use these tips as broad guidelines and let your creativity determine how to make this style work for you.

About the Author
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Diana Lucivero, CRS

  

A top-performing agent, Diana's integrity, work ethic, and enthusiasm which are grounded in a corporate sales discipline and hospitality industry background, quickly established her a reputation in the Cape Cod residential real estate market for routinely going above and beyond to exceed her clients’ expectations. Her keen analytical skills have been invaluable in guiding and advising her clients regarding the pricing and marketing of their properties.

She joined Compass after more than three decades in positions with Starwood Hotels and Resorts, Boston College Law School, and major realty firms in Cape Cod and West Palm Beach.

Professionally, Diana is a member of the National Association of Realtors and has earned its Certified Residential Specialist (CRS) designation. She is also a Certified Luxury Estate Advisor (LEA). Diana is a member of the National Association of Realtors®, Massachusetts Association of Realtors®, Cape and Islands Association of Realtors®. 

Diana's passion for the military is evident with her philanthropic efforts supporting The Fisher House, Wreaths Across America and Tunnels to Towers and she takes great joy in volunteering in support of military families throughout the area.

Diana lives in Falmouth with her husband Jim. They have two children, a son who is a West Point Graduate, Officer and Green Beret in the Army and a daughter, a Boston University graduate who is a sports reporter for NBC.

In her free time Diana enjoys tennis, pickle ball, golf, snowboarding, cooking and spending time with family and friends.