One of the newest trends in home décor is the seemingly contradictory idea that rustic interior design can be contemporary. Although people often associate rustic design with farmhouse and log cabin plans and contemporary design with modern metal and glass construction, it is wrong to believe that rustic and contemporary design elements cannot be complementary. On the contrary, combining the two types of design elements can be a very creative way to decorate. Rustic touches go well with sleek, contemporary decor. The term “rustic” is not so much about an outdoor lifestyle as trying to bring the elements of nature into your home using a palette of warm and relaxing earth tones and incorporating natural materials.
Combining country and contemporary home plans can mean combining rustic materials like slate floors, exposed ceiling beams, and kitchens with contemporary stainless steel appliances, laminated plastic cabinets, glass shelving, and butcher countertops. The end result is a contemporary kitchen that is useful and has a cozy, rustic feel. Contemporary design is all about smooth surfaces like glass and stainless steel, and the use of bold colors. Rustic décor is all about bringing an open-air feel to the interior, using earth tones, natural stone or wood surfaces, and wrought iron. Combining elements of both styles can produce an attractive and comfortable home that blends the best of old and new under one roof.
Country house plans generally have wooden floors and furniture, and use designer materials such as leather and suede; pewter and other metals with patina; wooden floors and wooden furniture made of branches and twigs; wrought iron and rusty metals; natural fabrics such as cotton, linen, hemp, wool and animal skins; rocks and stones; and outdoor garden items. Southwestern-style architecture reflects Native American, Spanish Colonial, and Mexican influences with earthy colors and rough surfaces, wrought iron, vibrant textiles, handcrafted items, terra cotta, and painted stoneware. Hand-painted clay ceramic tiles are popular accents on walls, floors, and countertops. Southwestern color schemes include desert greens, clay reds, and pops of yellow, orange, and turquoise. English country-style architecture is enhanced by subdued color schemes that showcase vintage textiles, practical accessories, and simple furnishings. Country color scheme highlights muted, time-worn hues; while the contemporary approach to rural design lends itself to a richer and more colorful palette. Furnishings can include plainly designed antiques and flea market finds. The fabrics used are often white or cream in color with checkered, striped, plaid, or floral themes. Farmhouse-style homes are vibrant and colorful, with fabrics and tableware in bright yellows, reds, blues, and golds, along with floral or simple patterns. The furniture is usually made of wood and with simple decorative carvings. Dried flowers and other rustic floral elements provide homey accents. By choosing a decorating scheme that represents your own personal sense of style, you can create a unique and comfortable home environment.