As part of my Native American heritage, my soul beats to the natural rhythms of the great outdoors. Yours may too and we can bring that feeling inside. How? By creating a rustic design for your home or office.

Rustic home design is the choice. It may be a simple theme to look at but the decors that come with this style are certainly full of character and beauty.

That’s right; there’s more than one style of rustic decor. Nonetheless, all rustic decor centers on wood tones and pieces that convey an outdoorsy feel. You might want the cowboys-and-cattle of the Old West, the canoe-and-paddles or the Upper Midwest, or the high-mountain forests of upstate New York and New England. The point here is to choose your rustic style carefully and then stick to it because rustic styles don’t mix well. A Michigan kayak would look mighty strange in a living room with a cattle ranch theme.

interior-pine-wood-paneling-interior-remodelingFor starters, wood paneling is one of the best ways to begin a rustic decor. If paneling is out, then paint the walls in warm tones that evoke wood: tans, beige’s, browns or warmer whites such as ivory or cream. Wallpaper, especially in a log-cabin style, also can create the desired background. Whatever the wall covering choice, aim toward a sense of being warmed by the sun in the outdoors.

Move next to accents, which are wood-inspired or outdoor-themed. Instead of using colorful flowers, go for the more untamed look of grapevine wreaths, tree branches, wildflowers or wood shavings.

Fabrics that are true to nature’s beauty will make the design more realistic. Corduroy and denim are ideal for a rustic look. Applying a rustic design will ask for some sacrifice though. That is, getting rid of wall-to-wall carpeting. Wood is the flooring of choice. If you prefer the Western ambiance, then Southwestern-style tiles will look great.

For the floor, wood is definitely in and so are braided area rugs. Enhance the theme with Indian rugs and drapes. Shaw-rustic-flooring-interior-remodeling

Now bring in the animals. No, we’re not talking mounting Bambi and his woodland pals on the walls. Instead, use animal images in fabric and nature-themed artwork for paintings and photos. Audubon bird prints or Ansel Adams reproductions work wonderfully depending on the style.

The final touches in rustic decor focus on vintage accents and collectibles.

In addition to area rugs, one item that is worthy to splurge on are quilts. These decors are must-have items for a rustic design. You can use one as a drape for chairs and sofas or as a wall hanging.

Take your cue in decorating from the things you use in your outdoor activities. Highlight a specific idea, say cattle and ranch lifestyle and use objects that depict it. Mixing and matching is also okay as long as you don’t transform your home into a warehouse-like place. Decorate moderately.

Finally, don’t forget to express your personality in your decors. Call Freedom Builders & Remodelers 815-985-0310 or Contact Us. We are more than willing to help turn your remodeling dreams into reality.

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