Spend any amount of time on Pinterest searching for interior design inspirations, and you’ll probably be overwhelmed with “rustic” styles. “Rustic” has become something of a cliché when it comes to interior design, with the word evoking images of items that are overly worn past the point of being charming.
However, a certain type of “rustic” furniture and décor can be quite elegant, whether it’s in a gorgeous log cabin home surrounded by other rustic décor or a more traditional home in a city neighborhood.
Some of the most common elements associated with this rustic style of furnishing include:
- Hardwood floors: These are usually wide plank board floors, but wood of any kind will work if you’re going for a rustic appearance.
- Exposed beams: Many cabins have tall ceilings with exposed beams. Even if that isn’t possible in your home, there are lightweight faux beams that are commonly used in interior design that give the sense of a homey cabin environment.
- Patina: Patina is a type of aged appearance common in “rustic” interior design. However, not everyone likes this appearance—to some, it is more tacky than classy. So you certainly can forgo the patina if you wish to do so.
- Wide staircases: Staircases in these types of homes often feature decorative balusters and newels, often made with natural trees and branches. The staircases are generally wide.
- Walls: The walls can be stucco, wide plank, stone or even paint in warmer, earthier types of color tones.
- Fireplaces: Large stone fireplaces are common in “rustic” homes, and they often feature large beam mantles, which can either be carved, smooth or distressed wood or large-cut native stone. If you do not have the space for a large fireplace, you could consider a smaller domed or fluted fireplace with a stucco finish.
- Fixtures: Chandeliers in decorative metals, iron, antler or crystal often hang from ceiling beams in these types of homes.
Leather fits in perfectly
Leather furniture can be the perfect complement to a rustic style of interior design. Think about it—it comes in a wide variety of earthy colors, can have a finish that appears distressed or can age and distress naturally by itself. It is extremely comfortable, which is a must for a rustic home, and comes in a variety of styles and textures.
An elegant rustic design works best when it’s planned around the furniture—you want to avoid minimalism and crowding in a rustic environment. The whole idea of a rustic feel is to celebrate and reflect the open spaces of nature, yet also provide you with warmth, beauty and coziness that natural spaces can often hold. Not surprisingly, leather furniture often fits the bill!
If you’re interested in getting some recommendations for your home’s rustic design and décor, we encourage you to contact our team at Total Leather Care. We specialize in a variety of services, including leather refinishing in San Diego, CA, and are happy to answer any questions you have about your leather furniture and decoration options.
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