The recent aesthetic to take the internet by storm is the good old’ cottagecore. And it’s exactly what it sounds like, a return to traditional skills and a romanticized idea of living a simple life. If that’s something that intrigues you, rustic home decor is just what you need. Just because you live in a metropolitan doesn’t mean you can’t relish the unparalleled comfort of farm life.
Here are some easy ways to introduce the charm of rustic decor around your house. Take a look.
Natural Wood Is Your Friend
Natural wood is an essential feature of rustic interiors. Skip the perfectly polished marble and overly modern metals & vinyl and stick to natural wood for countertops, wall paneling, and flooring. Wooden features lend a space warmth better than any man-made materials. Additionally, you can easily salvage wooden panels at low prices. Wood is usually 100% recyclable, making it a sustainable option.
Stick To Neutrals
Sure, nature is filled with the most vibrant, gorgeous colors. But for cottagecore, it’s best to stick to an earthy color palette. Use neutral colors like taupes, browns, greys, and whites. For a pop of color, you could go for something like forest/moss green.
Install A Fireplace
What is a cottage without a fireplace? A fireplace is a must-have feature for your living room. Even if you don’t have a real fireplace, you can add a gritty frame around an electric fireplace to make it blend in with the rest of the home.
Add A Sliding Barn Door
A sliding barn door can add a delightful touch to any room of your home. Not only is it easy to install, but it’s a space-saving solution. You can even replace the swinging door of your closet with a barn door to create more room.
Leave Wooden Beams Bare
The wooden beams holding up your ceiling are a lovely feature that you should leave bare. For extra aesthetic appeal, you can wrap fairy lights around them and recreate the ambiance of sleeping under the stars.
Get A Picnic Style Dining Table
An elegant and super finely manufactured dining table is not the ideal choice. For rustic interiors, imperfections are perfect. Get a picnic style dining table with mismatched chairs for a dramatic effect. A rustic home shouldn’t be difficult to maintain! For a great selection, check out the products from A Cottage in the City.
Cowhide Or Sheepskin Rugs & Blankets
Continuing with the natural theme, get faux cowhide or sheepskin rugs for the floors and blankets for the living room couch. These simple additions will make your interiors feel a lot homier.
Pick Natural Fabrics
From curtains to furniture upholstery, pick natural and earthy-toned fabrics like Cotton, Chenille, Canvas, Wool, Burlap, and Linen.
Industrial Lighting Fixtures
For the ultimate hillside cottage, a candle chandelier would be the ideal choice. While it is stunning, a candle chandelier isn’t practical for a home in the city. But you can achieve a similar effect with industrial lighting fixtures made with brushed metals.
Handmade Art & Decor
When you’re shopping for art or decorative pieces, go for handmade items that complement your cottage aesthetic.
Incorporate Seasonal Decor
Rustic interiors give you plenty of opportunities to incorporate seasonal decor. You can dress up your countertops with colorful blossoms in the summer and hang autumn buntings and wreaths during the holidays.
Make It Textural
A neutral-toned home can start to look one dimensional and even boring. But you can boost your interior’s appeal by introducing a variety of textures in the form of rugs, woven baskets, cushions, blankets, and so on.