Opposites Attract – Rustic & Refined Style
Rustic design is not just for your husbands hunting cabin or mountain lodge getaway. As you have heard me say many times about my core style – which is livable luxury – the “livable” part is what leaves room for creativity, personal preferences and tastes and of course, one of my favorite design “secret weapons” – bringing together what would seemingly be opposites into a classic and fabulous look for your home. I will admit, personally (for the purposes of this blog) I lean a bit more towards the “refined” end. I had to laugh at myself when I was creating my Pinterest board for it because almost every single one of the first several pins I posted had beautiful chandeliers to speak to the “refined” element in the room. It is what I was immediately drawn to. And, in knowing that is what I love, I am sure that would resonate with many of my current and potential clients. With that being said, that chandelier was completely enough to make me love the other elements in the room such as wooden or iron elements that might have been too “heavy” for me on the rustic side without the sophistication of an elegant crystal chandelier.
Feeling drawn to this look? There are a few “rules” to consider or at least some guidelines to help you create a balance between these two opposite styles.
1. Paint the walls in white or light neutral tones, which create a clean look.
2. Accent the room with rustic items, including wooden elements, wrought iron or distressed metal.
3. Utilize simple rugs made of natural materials like jute, sea grass, sisal or animal furs.
4. Light the space with large lamps or unique hanging lights.Accessorize with scenic art or nature themed items, bringing outdoor elements into your home. Especially, chandeliers!!
I love writing these blogs because while I might have a great idea or topic that to share, I always learn something new and end each post feeling completely inspired, refreshed and ready to find a client who wants to incorporate some of the ideas! I definitely found that the rustic and refined look is very classically “nordic” with lots of Swedish and Belgium design. Another element of design from this part of the world is simplicity – and I discovered a lot of looks where there was just one element of refinement and one element of rustic – and that was it! And, it was beautiful and enough. The refinement can also sometimes lie in the simplicity of the space.
I also found few “beach” and “southern inspired” rustic and refined looks as well!
Just the piece of coral on the table is really enough to speak to the home being ocean-side inspired…
I am in love with the driftwood mirror!
LOVE the photo wall reflection in the mirror. While photos are not a collection per se, I can definitely see this look in a southern home.
Are there any opposites that you would like to see brought together in design? Let me know! Want to see more amazing pictures of Rustic and Refined design? Check out my Pinterest Board!