Are you ready for a revival? Good. So are we.
Today we’re continuing in our design education (for those of you keeping count, this is the 7th installation) and we hope that you’ll find a few rooms that you love and some new ideas to help you spice up your décor. (If you need a recap, click here). Also, remember to take our online quiz to see which style suits you best. Chances are, it’s a combination of a few different styles. Good thing we’re here to help.
You can take kid out of the country but you can’t take the country out of the kid… or is your theme “you can take the kid out of the city, but you can’t take the city out of the kid?” Either way you play it, you are one of the unique individuals who loves a mix of modern and country.
At first glance, Rustic Revival looks like it shares similar style elements with both the French Eclectic and Nantucket styles. The good thing about styles overlapping a bit is that you have more freedom in your choices for furnishings and it’s perfectly fine to mix and match similar styles.
For Rustic Revival, the clean lines of the modern softened by rustic and vintage elements are the perfect mix in your mind.
And can we blame you? You’ve taken the best aspects of two popular designs and mixed them in a manner that appeals to young and old alike.
A subtle background of white or light colors provides a nice canvas for all the wonderful flea market, eBay, Craigslist, or garage sale finds as well as the classic modern pieces that you love.
The material palette for urban country runs the gamut because of the two extremes being mixed. On the countryside you see a lot of wood, woven rope, canvas and linen, rustic metals and wrought iron, cowhide and vintage leather.
On the more modern side, you see acrylic, satin and polished nickel and chrome, glass, faux fur, refined leather, fiberglass and sleek woods. It’s the mixing of these elements that makes the style work so well.
Seagrass and other natural woven materials are often used for floor coverings.
Concrete and natural wood floors are very popular, and work really well together.
When it comes to color, think light, casual and airy.
White, pale gray or beige, khaki and sage; all of these colors make nice, subtle backdrops for Rustic Revival style.
Think of the colors of natural linen, concrete, and if you’d like to go dark, use the dark brownish-black of iron or the deep burnt orange of rust.
The key is to keep the spaces feeling open (go modern!) and yet warm (yay for rustic!), and by going light on the walls and major pieces and more color on the accents and accessories you can achieve this mix really well.