How To Give Your Living Room A Rustic Makeover

When you're looking to give your living room a total makeover, going for the rustic look may be just the thing that gives your home a cozy, homey feeling. Whether you're a Little House on the Prairie fan or simply an enthusiast of natural beauty in a home, you will love the new rustic look for your room.

Go Natural

Use raw, natural materials to give your living room a truly rustic look. If you don't already have a hard wood floor in the room, that's a great place to start. The natural beauty of wooden furniture will also be a nice touch. Try to choose furniture that's as natural as possible for an easier match and overall cohesive look to the room.

Prioritize Windows

Sometimes it's easy to overlook how important windows are to interior design, but they are often one of the primary focal points of a room. Choose natural wood blinds for a rustic living room. The windows need to match the rustic theme in how they look and feel. You may also choose earthy colored curtains, or simply have the wood blinds as a solo form of window dressing. Contact a business, such as Snyders Shades & Shutters, for more ideas about window treatments. 

Choose Accessories Carefully

While the big furniture pieces are crucial to a beautiful room that's also comfortable and functional, the accessories you choose will complete the rustic feeling of the room. You have nearly limitless directions you can go with rustic accessories, but consider adding some of the following ones to your living room.

  • Ceiling Fan with Wooden Panels – While a ceiling fan is a modern touch, it can be perfectly suited for a rustic room as long as the blades are wooden. They may be plain or have intricate detailing.
  • Art That Sets the Tone – The artwork that you choose for any room sets the mood for how you want to think and feel when you are within it. Since the living room is typically the room where you receive guests, it's also important to consider how the art will be perceived by guests. Some artists like Mary Ellen Anderson, Fairuza Balk, and Debbie DeWitt regularly create rustic paintings and other rustic works of art.
  • Old-Fashioned Lamps – You need to choose your lighting fixtures and lamps carefully in order to have them fit the cohesive rustic look of the living room. Lamps with a wooden vase or some vintage lamps with beige or brown shades may be a perfect fit.

Finally, keep in mind that you don't have to do it all at once. You can start making over your room one creative element at a time. For example, you could start by installing wood blinds, which would enhance the beauty of any décor while also getting you started on the rustic look. You can then add more rustic touches as you go along. Who knows? You may end up deciding to decorate your entire home with a rustic theme.