Welcome to the next part of your style diagnostic where I get to talk more in-depth about one of the 12 styles. Rustic lovers maybe laid back folks, but I’m sure they’re interested to know more about their favorite style, wanna know more about HOW TO DO Farmhouse, Coastal, Country and Cottage styles?
If you missed the first part about all 12 styles, you can read them here.
Here’s my take on four styles that stemmed from the Rustic style. Consider them siblings from the same family (they can be traced back to the same roots but aren’t the same thing). Although we don’t live in a farm or own a barn, Rustic style is very livable in the cities because of its classic and comforting style; it just works everywhere.
// MODERN FARMHOUSE //
A mix of wonderful trio; Mid-Century Modern, Rustic and Industrial. The key is creating a comfortable, eclectic and lived-in feel. Keep the majority of the space airy by using light colors (note the light colored curtains), use modern furniture to set the stage, contrast with elements from Industrial style by using metals and dark colors selectively.
// Wood floors, wood surfaces //
// Light tones (white walls, white painted trims) //
// Contrast with metals, black or dark grey //
// Mix and match leather and linen //
// Apron-front sinks, wood countertops //
// Dining table made of sturdy solid wood //
// Outdoor spaces like patio, balcony //
// French doors, barn doors //
// Hooks for towels in bathroom //
// Bathroom with claw-foot tub or wooden chair, woven bath mat //
// Classic lantern lighting //
// Plants, planters with wildflowers //
// COASTAL GLAM //
This is THE glamorous beach house. Here we see a mix of Rustic, Modern Glam and Contemporary. Lots of greenery; a must to create a rustic vibe because it’s all about bringing the nature in. A perfect sisal rug and spacious comfortable seating (that you can even take a nap on!). Brass and velvet keep the glam going and don’t forget the pair of contemporary glass coffee table with sexy chrome legs.
// Glossy white wide-plank flooring //
// White walls accent with pale tones or bright tones (choose only former or latter) //
// Minimal patterns //
// Mix metals like brass and chrome //
// Mix and match velvet and linen //
// Light wood furniture (whitewashed, blond maple, ash) //
// Furniture with clean and sleek lines //
// Wicker, rattan furniture selectively //
// High gloss items selectively, like mirrors //
// Open space and abundant light, bare big windows or (if necessary) white curtains //
// Accessorize appropriately with beachy mementos like sea shells, bottles //
// VINTAGE COUNTRY //
Blending in Traditional, Rustic and Eclectic. Use traditional furniture as key and big pieces such as the ornate table and English roll arm sofa, coffee table with rattan legs, decorative antler head, ceiling wood beams adds rustic vibe while keeping the mix eclectic with two side chairs on black pin legs.
// Wood floors //
// Neutral palette //
// Rough-hewn beams //
// Ornate wood furniture //
// Wingback chairs //
// English roll arm sofas //
// Armoires or dressers for living room, bedroom or kitchen //
// Bare windows with trims //
// Offbeat lighting, decorative displays and artwork //
// White plates for kitchen //
// Oil paintings //
// Vintage books, wildflowers in pitcher //
// COTTAGE CHIC //
Some will call it “shabby chic”. The style is about expressing yourself; it’s fun and feminine (think Rustic + Bohemian). You can choose to lean towards more traditional or contemporary with the furniture. The overall feeling you’re trying to achieve here is casual and personal, so don’t be afraid to put up a gallery wall or showcase your collection with open shelving. Be careful; displaying too many items or having too much patterns can make this style looks like a hoarder grandma lives there. Work within a tight color palette and curate your items.
// Wood floors //
// White walls or classic grooved paneling on walls //
// Surfaces with aged or beautiful patina //
// Tone on tone, pale hues or pastels //
// Fabrics such as floral, stripes //
// Natural textured materials such as burlap //
// Open shelving //
// Painted furniture //
// Sofas with cotton or linen slipcovers with cushions and throws //
// Simple rugs (sisal) //
// Windows with simple, sheer curtains //
// Accessorize with collection such as artworks, glass bottles //
So, did any of these styles speaks to your heart? Like you’re screaming “that’s totally me”, “I can see our home looking like this…”? Honestly, I think all four of them are equally gorgeous (although for myself, I lean towards Mod Farmhouse and Coastal Glam, shh…). As an interior stylist, I don’t box my client into any particular style, I mean…I know my OWN style for my home (it’s a mix of Mid-Century Modern, Contemporary, Minimalist and a bit of Glam…). I am all up for mixing styles and doing weird things. Like crazy and fun ideas? Eh? Sure, as long as there’s some longevity in it. Mixing of styles actually makes your home more livable than sticking to just one style plus it gives you the flexibility to include furniture that isn’t particularly the style of the home but it still works.
If you think you’re interested in doing any of the above for your home or simply needs help designing your space, you might be interested in our E-Design service, read about it here. What would you like to see me talk more in-depth next? (We have 11 more styles to go, ha!) It took me two weeks to research and write Get To Know Your Style, but I finished this post in two days (spanned two days but it’s few hours actually). Either I’m getting good at this or I’m better disciplined with managing the blog now, oops. Anyhoo, see you next post.
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