Cre­at­ing a rus­tic, con­tem­po­rary decor

Winnipeg Free Press - Section G - - HOMES - CON­NIE OLIVER

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. the­cot­tagede­, 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.

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