Country Home Plans Combine the Rustic and Contemporary

One of the most recent trends in home furnishings is the seemingly contradictory idea that rustic furnishings can be contemporary. Although people usually associate rustic design with farm floors and cottages and contemporary design with modern metal and glass construction, it is not correct to believe that contemporary and rustic design elements cannot be complementary.

On the contrary, combining the two types of design elements can be a very creative way of decorating. The rustic touches work very well side by side with elegant and contemporary decor. The term “rustic” does not refer so much to an outdoor lifestyle as to trying to bring the elements of nature into your home using a palette of warm and relaxing earth tones and incorporating natural materials.

Country Home Plans
Country Home Plans

Combining floors of contemporary and country houses can mean combining rustic materials such as slate floors, exposed beams, and kitchens with contemporary stainless steel appliances, laminated plastic cabinets, glass shelves, and butcher countertops. The end result is a contemporary kitchen that is functional and has a welcoming and rustic atmosphere.

Contemporary design is about smooth surfaces like glass and stainless steel and the use of bright colors. The rustic furnishings are all to give a feeling of open-air inside, using earth tones, natural stones or wooden and wrought iron surfaces. The combination of elements of both styles can produce an attractive and comfortable home that mixes the best of the old and the new under one roof.

The floors of country houses usually have wooden floors and furniture and use design materials such as leather and suede; pewter and other patinated metals; wooden floors and wooden furniture made with branches and branches; wrought iron and rusty metals; natural fabrics such as cotton, linen, hemp, wool and animal skins; rocks and stones; and elements of the outdoor garden. The southwestern-style architecture reflects Native American, Spanish and Mexican colonial influences with earthy colors and rough surfaces, wrought iron, vibrant fabrics, handmade objects, terracotta and painted stoneware. Hand-painted ceramic tiles are popular accents on walls, floors and countertops. Southwestern color combinations include desert greens, clay reds and dashes of yellow, orange and turquoise. The English country style architecture is accentuated by soft color combinations that show vintage fabrics, hand accessories and simple furniture. The combination of colors of the country highlights the worn tones of the time; while the contemporary approach to country design lends itself to a richer and more colorful palette. The decor can include antiques and flea market artifacts with a simple design. The fabrics used are often white or cream in color with checked, striped, checked or floral motifs. The farm-style houses are vibrant and colorful, with bright yellow, red, blue and gold fabrics and dishes, along with floral or simple motifs. The furniture is generally in wood and with simple decorative carvings. Dried flowers and other rustic floral elements give a homey touch. By choosing a furnishing scheme that represents your personal sense of style, you can create a unique and comfortable home environment.


by Alice Lane

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