Take even a cursory look at Pinterest or Instagram and it won’t be long before you fall in love with rustic interiors.
We’re talking about antique wood and plantation shutters, rusted metals and exposed brick—there’s just something so cosy and nostalgic about it all.
Believe it or not, you can have the look so many covet on social media for your own home and you don’t have to break the bank.
- It’s All About the Materials
The thing about the ‘rustic look’ is that it’s not about the items you do or don’t buy—it’s all about the materials you use.
Wood is the most obvious example. Your Pinterest is probably already filled with reclaimed timber coffee tables and stools hand-crafted out of tree trunks, but the key here is to go with natural materials.
Wood is a good start, but a room transforms once you begin to accessorise with cork, hemp, and limestone. For metallic features, think tin, copper, and brass.
- Get Thrifty
One of the best things about giving your home a rustic makeover is that you don’t need to spend a lot of money or go out and buy up a bunch of expensive, brand new items.
Part of the charm of that homespun rustic look is that it’s all about found items, handmade heirlooms, and keeping things simple. In other words, thrift stores, flea markets, and garage sales are your best friend.
You can try antique stores, too, but you’d be amazed how many great items you can pick up for cheap by shopping the flea markets on the weekend!
Keep an eye out for the little touches—old photo frames, candle holders, and taps and faucets.
- Look Out the Window
Windows are a bit underrated when it comes to fixing up your home décor, which is unfortunate as the right window furnishings can completely transform a room.
You can take advantage of this transformative power during your rustic renovation by going with plantation shutters. Shutters are affordable and can be made to fit almost any window and best of all, they instantly add a classic pastoral charm to any room.
This is especially true if you’re lucky enough to own a home with bay windows. You can easily create a rustic reading nook by adding a few cushions and installing white plantation shutters.
- Work with What You’ve Got
You don’t actually need to go out and buy up a bunch of new items or make additions to your current home—you may already have everything you need.
Start with the garage. Maybe you have a bunch of old tartan picnic blankets stowed away that would work great as a decorative feature in the living room or maybe there’s an old timber cabinet that just needs 20 minutes with the electric sander?
If your home is older, it’s likely you have brick underneath your plaster walls. If you’re game, exposing your brick walls is a DIY project you can tackle entirely on your own with a weekend of chiseling and some brick sealant to finish!
- Light it Up
Part of the appeal of the rustic look is the nostalgia it seems to conjure for simpler times. Times when families would gather around the fireplace and not the nearest screen.
Indeed, the humble fireplace might be one of the most iconic emblems of the rustic home and adding a wood burner to your home, whether inside or out in the garden, will add an instant old-world feel to your place.
Give your new fireplace an extra touch by stacking some fresh-cut wood to the side, then hit the thrift stores and flea markets to see if you can find an antique iron poker, spade, and tongs.
Dan Field is cofounder at The Shutters Department. He’s passionate about using technology to make the complex simple, and is on a mission to make DIY plantations shutters cheap and easy for everyone.