Autumn Decorating Preview 4 - Rustic Chic Style

Adele Shotton-Pugh | Updated

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.
When choosing new textiles for the colder months, you will love those for the rustic chic home. Colours are evident but they won't be too bold or demanding, neither will patterns. If you choose patterns, look for a combination of white and one or two other muted colours such as a grey and blue or light brown and green; remember too the underlying theme of nature and Eco-awareness. Layering is also important with different textures giving a stronger sense of warmth and homeliness - look for natural cheap bed linen and add layers with duvet cover sets, woollen throws and bed runners.

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