Home Living Styles – Part 5 – Modern Rustic

Adele Shotton-Pugh | Updated

Many of us live in modern homes but would like a rustic look which is modern, functional and suits modern living styles. Using white is the main base colour for walls is a great idea for smaller rooms, and selecting a more vibrant tone for the feature wall to make a focal point within the room. To create a warm and cosy ambience look for colours within the warm spectrum, this includes terracotta, oranges, reds and yellows.

The fireplace makes logical main focal point and to achieve a rustic look many people use either real or imitation bricks for the chimney breast, and while most people prefer not to return to the days of an open fire due to the mess and the inconvenience, modern gas effect fires set into the chimney breast provide a rustic look with a modern twist.

Flooring is also modernised by use of laminate flooring rather than original stripped floorboards. In this style of home mixing old with new embraces one of this years hottest interior design trends, focusing on returning to days gone by but also incorporating modern technologies. Window dressings which tone with the main accent colour brings a sense of balance and cohesion to the room. Roman blinds in plain natural fabrics adds a rustic look, alternatively modern eyelet lined voile curtains hung from wooden curtain poles also bring the room together beautifully. Soft lighting which highlights the recesses either side of the fireplace also creates a warm and cosy atmosphere.

Wall lights which reflect up to the white ceiling all a good idea as they spread the light across the area, to highlight special objects or to use as reading lamps, free standing lighting also looks in place within the setting. If you have a more open plan style of home it's important to tone and coordinate the rooms with either the same or similar colours, as this will draw the eye naturally from one area to the next.

By adding natural foliage or seed pods provide the little extras which focus on a modern rustic style. One of the greatest advantages with this style of interior is the possibility to have a modern living space which also reminds us of the simpler aspects of rustic living. If you live in a home which has a small lounge and a small dining room rather than knocking down an entire wall making a shaped hole centrally can bring light from one room to the other and provides a flowing and uninterrupted disjointed look.

The those who live in older style semis may well have a hatchway which was in fashion back in the 60s and 70s. By removing the doors are modernising this area is a good way of bringing your home up to date without losing some of the more interesting features.

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