The rustic trend has been big for a really long time now, and while it’s not going anywhere anytime soon, it’s beginning to even out a bit—and it’s evolving, too. The new rustic is a lot more refined, but in a really subtle way. This is good news for homeowners who went all-in when the rustic trend first hit the scene and aren’t ready to renovate an entire room. But updating that room is another story, and a fairly simple one at that. To keep your look current, consider these three easy updates:
The easiest—and most affordable—way to elevate the look of a rustic room is to focus on modern accents and accessories. Look for clean lines and sophisticated metals and materials. Swap out those old jugs and aged wine bottles for hand-blown glass bowls and bottles, and replace those rusted metal accessories with decorative accents in a matte black, oil-rubbed bronze, or sleek silver.
Fabric choices in a room set the mood—and the tone. So instead of heavy linens like ticking, burlap, and wool, opt for silks, cottons, and cashmeres instead. Fine fabrics soften the look of a space and give it a refined, more elegant look. You’ll get an instant upgrade when you invest in new pillows, throws, and drapes.
The new rustic look has an overall flat finish instead of a rough one. Quick•Step’s Envique™ Lineage Oak flooring is the perfect example of middle ground rustic. There’s plenty of texture and natural knotting, but the overall finish is smooth and livable. This translates to furnishings, too. If you love the look of your worn wooden table, plane down the finish so it’s flat. It will maintain its character but be much more touchable and refined.
Erinn Valencich is known for her unique style has designed homes for numerous celebrities around the globe. In addition to her interior design business, she has introduced her own line of furniture and blogs at Erinn V Style. She has hosted a number of specials for HGTV and appeared as a contestant on NBC’s American Dream Builders. Erin’s designs have been featured in leading design publications, including Élle Décor, Town & Country, House Beautiful and Better Homes and Garden