Go rustic and add character to your home

Achieiving the rustic look isn't too difficult, it's all about adding character to your home with materials, features or items that you may already have. You should take time over how you design the room and make sure the final outcome is what you expected to ensure you save money and don't want to change things afterwards.

Minimalist with a feature...

Simplicity is key. Having a limited number of objects in mind for furnishing the room will reduce the amount of clutter and will stop you wanting to buy everything you see. The rustic approach features exposed materials that are robust and have a long lifespan. Having these items as the feature of the room ensures you can use a neutral colour scheme without it looking boring.

Explore what's beneath you – flooring...

People are quick to want to lay flooring in their home without looking at what's beneath the surface. You may be lucky enough to find easy to restore floorboards. The job will take some time and work but it's worth it for the end result. Sanding down the wood will bring it back to it's foundation and then it's a case of using a wax oil to bring out the grain and provide the finish you hope for. If you want to strip back to the original floorboards in your home but aren't sure you're capable of doing so then researching and finding a professional would be sensible.

Floorboards  

Use what you've already got...

Don't be so quick to get rid of old items, they may have another use to help create that rustic feel. You could use even the most basic pieces of wood from old floorboards or skirting to make a coat rack by attaching some brass hooks and applying it to the wall. The reuse of materials can add a story to tell to your home. 

Find natural materials...

Going rustic means you have to pay more attention to the materials you want to use. If you want to add timber to your home then your local woodyard could be the ideal place to look. Offcuts create a quirky and different feel and can be made into something that serves a multi-purpose. Panelling is a popular use of wood in the home and the same goes for beams, both are great for covering up any damages or things you don't like about your walls.

Attention to detail...

This can be the difference between success and failure. The more time you put in to thinking of how you want your designs to look, the better. You'll have a much better chance of success if you do your research and place items carefully when decorating. 

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