Creating a rustic, contemporary decor
WOW, this is a cool room. The organic elements set beside contemporary pieces create a really dramatic look. The rich yellow wall colour, Sico Paint’s Buckwheat Yellow (6113-54), is Sico’s colour of the year for 2016 and is the star of the show in this room. The colour has both an historic flavour and a contemporary zing that is a wonderful backdrop for the monochromatic furniture and accessories. The rough-hewn wooden pieces are stunning, with their unfinished patina and sculptural quality. Placing them against the slick, contemporary feel of the leather furniture and square coffee table makes for a winning combination. These are two extremes on the design scale that work well together in this case. Primitive accessories mixed in with funky retro pieces are candy for the eye. You might note that while all of the elements are different, they are all fairly monochromatic, which helps this room work. No one item overpowers another, which provides a nice flow to the space. If, for example, the sofa was bright red plaid and the area rug a zebra print, the overall effect might be too jolting to the eye. Not that those items couldn’t work, but it would be more difficult to get it right. The unusual combination of varying monochromatic pieces calls out for a vivid wall colour that truly finishes this esthetically pleasing room. This is a good lesson to follow when mixing and matching unlike items. Keep it all a similar tone and punch it up with a great wall colour. While the live edge sofa table and tree trunk are not items readily found in most furniture stores, there are ways to add rustic elements to your decor that can be just as stunning. One item that has gained tons of popularity lately is a barn door. Often made from weathered barn board, a barn door hangs from a track overtop of a door opening instead of from hinges inside a door frame. These doors add instant warmth and texture to any room. We’re considering adding one to our condo storage closet in the future. You can actually buy the track and hardware and make the door yourself or shop online and purchase one to be made to your specifications. A feature wall of weathered wood is also a great way to infuse a rustic element to your home. A wall such as this can be installed at the head of the bed, over and around a fireplace or in a dining room. Barn board planks can be purchased online as well. I found both the barn door and barn wood planks online at www. thecottagedepot.com, which is out of Grand Marais. Distressed wood flooring is another way to bring in rustic flavour to your home. If you’re in the market for new flooring, consider earthy, hand-scraped wide planks if rustic is the look you’re after. A floor that looks aged will add visual warmth to any room. Accessorizing a rustic contemporary room can be a fun endeavour. Use the modern pieces you might all ready have on hand, such as a hammered metal vase, ceramic bowl and chrome table lamp, and bring in outdoor pieces such as lengths of birch trees, dried twigs in a vase or woven grass mats. Barn-board-style accessories and shelving can also be found in some decor shops and online. Take photos of old barns and ranch fencing vignettes, and have them framed in a barn-board frame. Print them in black and white for a contemporary edge. Winter scenes can be especially beautiful. Anything that has an aged patina can work in your rustic contemporary decor. An old window or door with chipped paint can be hung on the wall as is or made into a coffee table, headboard or mirror. A rickety old, paint-splattered wooden ladder can be used to create a vertical display of books, decoys or what have you. Worn wooden fence boards might make a wonderful picket headboard for the master bedroom. Drill out wells in the ends of short length of birch log and use as tea light holders. Driftwood is another natural find that can make a great decor accessory. Paint it white or leave it natural based on your taste. A rustic contemporary decor is a fun mix of old and new, weathered and sleek, dull and shiny. Opposites do attract. Add some rustic elements to your contemporary home to add visual warmth, texture and natural beauty.
When going for a rustic look, a vivid wall colour can help set the tone.