Rustic Decorating Ideas
Pottery Barn, a member of the Williams-Sonoma, Inc. portfolio of brands, introduced its stunning Fall Home Decorating 2017 Collection, which has a wonderful collection of rustic decorating ideas, from Artisanal Vintage to Farmhouse Industrial and Relaxed Rustic.
“Our customers are at the core of everything we do, and we exist to inspire and serve them. Last year, we embarked on a journey to dive deeper into understanding what our customers love about us and what we could offer to make their Pottery Barn experience even better,” said Marta Benson, President, Pottery Barn.
In this collection, Pottery Barn introduces seven different aesthetic perspectives for customers to discover and explore in their new Shop by Style Category:
Relaxed Rustic: Relaxed Rustic captures Provencal warmth with weathered woods, warm hues, contrasting tones and natural materials. Transport yourself to the countryside with materials and decor inspired by nature.
Farmhouse Industrial blends rurally based elements, hard-working metals, rustic woods, and playful accents with barnyard whimsy. It starts with fresh whites, distressed finishes, and industrial accents, then layers on classic patterns.
Coastal Design provides a breezy, laid-back vibe with hues of blue, whitewashed woods and beachy accents.
Global Chic transports you around the world with bold patterns, found objects and eclectic styling.
New Traditional: New Traditional gives new life to time-honored designs with tailored upholstery, burnished metals, and pops of color.
Artisinal Vintage is all about finding beauty in imperfections. The collection incorporates vintage-inspired florals, relaxed styling, and romantic touches. It’s inviting, romantic and nostalgic.
Polished: Polished Design is glamorous with tailored seating, luxe details and a healthy dose of shine.
As the first two are relevant to rustic decorating, I will be highlighting the best from each of these design styles.
Designers played with the color and scale of vintage Provençal textiles for this bedding, resulting in a print that’s as warm and welcoming as a sunny French day. The Livingston bedroom furniture has wood knots, texture, and open grain that is enhanced with an expertly applied gray wash, giving it a weathered, yet sleek look that looks classically cool in the bedroom.
Relaxed Rustic Decorating
The Relaxed Rustic Style is all about evoking a sense of coziness and soul and captures Provencal warmth with weathered woods, patinaed leather, contrasting tones and natural materials. The look was inspired by nature and is contrasted with warm golds and cool tones. Over-sized comfy sofas and décor that nods to the countryside all come together to create this cohesive style.
Pottery Barn’s version of Relaxed Rustic Style incorporates a neutral and natural base, then layers on cheerful pillows and faux fur. Bouquets of sunflowers and sprigs of lavender and olive branches are lined up on rustic mantles. Here’s a few of my favorite images from the collection, as well as information on how to achieve this look.
A planked tabletop of dramatic thickness creates a space of warmth for guests and family to gather around. Large baluster posts with cove and ogee details and a stretcher underneath give this table a dynamic design that’s crafted to last. A grey finish imparts a fresh update to this timeless piece.
The Armonk Chandelier’s bold curves and dark bronze tones create a warm, dramatic focal point over a dining table or seating area.
Relaxed Rustic Decorating Ideas
1. Connect to the outdoors with weathered woods and a natural palette
Take a page out of nature’s playbook, and keep your colors earthy and subtle. (Think whites, beiges and rich browns.) Distressed and rough-hewn woods have a certain air of charm and set the stage for the rest of your decor. Look for sustainable sourced reclaimed wood pieces —their unique markings, color variations, and imperfections speak to a storied past.
2. Mix warm golds and cool tones for a striking contrast
Relaxed Rustic doesn’t have to be super brown, though. To steer clear of the lodge-like vibe, create contrast with warm golds and cool tones. Light metals and mirrors add brightness, and pops of sunny yellow also make the look fresh and fun.
3. Lend a carefree note to your decor with natural materials and relaxed styling
Need a little extra personality? Try an array of vases inspired by vintage European pottery, or sunflower plates that make home-cooked meals even more charming. Other natural materials like terra cotta, linen and botanicals fit nicely to this style, too. Remember to keep things relaxed – it’s right there in the name!
Farmhouse Industrial Design
Pottery Barn’s Farmhouse Industrial takes on a cheerful approach to decorating and is all about the details – rustic woods and hard-working metals. You don’t have to live in the country to create that welcoming, lived-in feeling.
The style starts with fresh whites, distressed wood and industrial elements, then layers on classic checks and stripes. The Farmhouse Industrial look is family-friendly, super comfortable, and where rustic meets modern. Design elements such as a barn door on a wrought iron rod work well in this style.
“It’s when woods, whites and metals are happiest together. It’s that pop of red and a hint of barnyard whimsey.” It’s also another one of my favorite looks for the season as the bold pops of red create drama and energy.
Farmhouse Industrial: Rico Media Console
With a reclaimed pine frame, bold red finish and custom iron hardware, the Rico Media Console certainly fits the farmhouse industrial vibe. Each console is distressed by hand, making for a one-of-a-kind piece.
Pottery Barn’s Tips on Farmhouse Industrial Decorating
Getting this look is easy, especially if you already have a flair for either farmhouse or industrial.
1. Start with fresh whites, distressed finishes, and industrial elements
Farmhouse Industrial style lets you play around with different materials by juxtaposing rustic woods with modern metals. Whitewashed wood sets the ultimate backdrop, and imperfect finishes and pops of red play up the farmhouse feel. Then, give it an edge with wrought iron, galvanized metal, and black decor.
2. Layer on classic checks and stripes in vivid reds or blues
No farmhouse style–kitchen is complete without gingham. Mix this pattern in with buffalo check and stripes for a more elevated approach. As for color, reds and blues look great against the whites, blacks and wood.
3. Evoke a sense of nostalgia with playful accents
Pieces inspired by the past really help pull this look off. From bistro-style dinnerware and café glasses to patchwork quilts that feel like family heirlooms, these little additions make a big, cozy impact. Sprinkle in some small sculptural pieces, like animal-shaped salt and pepper shakers, for extra whimsy
Farmhouse Industrial: Johanna Reversible Patchwork Quilt
There’s something so warm and welcoming about red. Bold prints were combined in this cozy patchwork farmhouse style quilt that will last through the seasons.
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