Rustic

If you hear the word ’rustic’ when describing the interior of a house or flat, be prepared to see something ’simple’, ’rural’, or ’rough’. That’s how the word ’rustique’ can be translated from French.

Rustique is an American country style with a European twist. However, a typical rustic hut made of rough hewn logs is very rustic too. First of all, this style means that there will be a lot of real natural materials, like wood, stone or metal, in the interior.

The main rule of rustic — no glamour, no epatage, no plastic, no synthetics, no frills and no acid colours. This style is about rural simplicity, naturalness and eco-friendliness. House in rustic style is all about massive doors, plank floors, wooden and perhaps even a little brutal furniture, chopped ceiling beams, simple dishes, walls with traces of hand-made processing (cracks, scratches and roughness in rustic are appreciated).

Today, rustic is popular both in house and flat interiors and in the decoration of cafés, restaurants, hotels and even offices. The secret of the popularity of this style is its cosiness. A bed with a wooden headboard, simple fabrics, soft colours, natural materials. All these things provide tranquillity and peace for the modern man. That is why rustic furniture is appearing more and more often in the flats of city dwellers who are tired of the information noise. At the same time, modern appliances in such interiors have to be hidden in cupboards or gently integrated with the help of decorating techniques.

The typical colours of a rustic house are brown, sandy, straw and grey. Rustic is considered to be a style that does not tolerate brightness, ornamentation, lots of small details and lots of clutter. This style is more likely to suit someone who appreciates interiors «for the ages» (try moving an oak table quickly), natural materials, muted colours and rural simplicity with a hint of antiquity.

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