Autumn Decorating Preview 4 - Rustic Chic Style
The rustic chic style has been growing in popularity since the beginning of the year and shows no signs of slowing down just yet; in fact it could see its fame coming to a high point this autumn. With an understanding of what this style is all about, you will see what we mean when we say that it is a perfect look for autumn inspired homes.
One of the key elements is the rustic style of furnitures and finishing touches that have a naturally cosy, warm and lived-in feeling. Together with chic textiles, lighting and a good sense of Eco-awareness - this is rough against smooth, vintage alongside modernity. It can be very confusing to define a style when there are similar names/styles such as shabby chic, country chic, rural chic and so on. It raises the question if this is just a case of many terms for one look and the case will always be argued!
To make it easier for you, here are the defining elements of this style; so if you walk into a room and can tick all the boxes, you are on the right lines!
- There will be use of natural materials in their original state and/or with an aged or weathered appearance - think reclaimed wood, stone and natural textiles such as wool.
- The style does not follow one particular period and the result could be an eclectic one - mixing modern furnitures with vintage pieces.
- It is given a sense of contemporary design with lots of white and good light to keep it looking fresh and chic. I hope that helped to create a vision of what this style is all about; we could add that the up and coming Dutch designers have a really good eye for this look and seem to have led the way forward with their interior design ideas. Although in some respects, it can sound like the interior of a cottage or home out in the country - this look is brilliant when worked into an urban home and I think that is what it is really all about, to bring aspects of rural/natural materials to an urban setting.