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Rugged Charm: Easy Ways to Make Your Home More Rustic in Style

Maybe you’ve always wanted to live in a log cabin. Maybe you have an exposed brick wall that would look great with country-style furniture and accessories. Whatever your reasons for going rustic with your home design, here are just a few ways to embrace the look.



Burlap is a popular material in homes that want to be fun and folksy. It can be used in everything from curtains to lamp shades, so it will effortlessly add a down-home charm to your interior design. You can even create DIY home accessories out of burlap if you’re the crafty sort. Think about things like tablecloths, jar covers, basket covers and decorative hanging banners.


Wooden Features

Wood is probably the single most rustic material that you can add to your home, so don’t be afraid to think outside of the box when incorporating it into your interior design. For example, you’ve probably already considered things like wooden shutters and wooden stools, but a wooden frame around your wall shelves will also look nice and rural. You can even “age” or “distress” wood in a way that makes it seem older.



“Clavo” is the Spanish word for “nail,” and it perfectly describes the rustic nails that bring to mind colonial architecture in an old-fashioned Spanish neighborhood. Whether you’re using them on outdoor sheds or indoor fireplace grates, decorative clavos found at places like The Rustic Express will make everything look more homespun. They’re an easy way to get rugged without overhauling your entire home design.



Wicker baskets can hold towels and toiletries in the bathroom. Wicker coasters will protect your coffee table in the den. Wicker chairs can be arranged on the patio. Not only is it a versatile material in home design, but it’s also an inexpensive one, so you won’t have to worry about counting pennies while picking out wicker accessories for your home.


Hanging Lights

Nothing will ruin an old-fashioned aesthetic faster than blazing florescent lights from the 21st century. Get a little more rugged with your home lighting by hanging them from the ceiling the same way that your ancestors would. For example, you can tuck your bulbs into lanterns or pendant lights to off-set their modernity, or you can cover them with wicker or burlap to hide them completely.

Take yourself back to simpler times with a rustic home design. While there are many different ways to experiment with this aesthetic, these five ideas should be enough to get you started.

Dixie Somers

This article was written by Dixie Somers, a freelance writer who loves writing for business, finance, women's interests, or home and family. Dixie lives in Arizona with her husband and three beautiful daughters who are the inspiration for her writing.