Crusty is a fine combination of retro and industrial with a touch of contemporary in the mix. This does not refer to the shabby chic style – that is completely vintage and different. It is designed in sleek, clean lines and modern decoration.
This style has a very distinct look that can look stylishly distressed if you can handle it right. You’ll find this style of interior design in programs like Coke Studio or Nescafe Basement, because it is low-key and casual as well.
So let’s look at 5 ways you can make your crusty interior designs look stylish!
1. Clever placement of lighting
Clever arrangement of lighting is always very important when it comes to designing any kind of interior design. But it is especially needed to make the crusty, crumbling look seem stylish. You’ll also have to carefully choose the correct lighting fixtures. You can use casual pendent lights, track lights or even accent lighting to create a friendly, casual but stylish atmosphere.
2. Exposed brick
When you start looking up exposed brick interior designs on the internet, you’ll find that there are a lot of designs and textures even under this single term. For the crusty look, you’ll have to go for the exposed brick wall texture that is as close to authentic as possible. This can add a low-key industrial aura to your space that can be easily enhanced with clever lighting.
3. Cemented textures
While exposed brick is very industrial chic, there’s another texture you can use to balance out the crusty to make it seem chic; cemented. The raw cemented look may be drab, but it can perfectly complement the organic aura of the exposed brick walls. You can even leech away its drab looks by using accent lighting and brightly colored furniture.
4. A casual atmosphere
Ambiance is an important part of this style. You cannot be very formal or rigid with this particular interior design style, or the overall impact can come off as completely different. Instead, use casual furniture that is scattered strategically all throughout the space. Avoid making clusters in a single area. Also make sure that all of your furniture is has a comfy look and feel.
5. Personalized accessories
To make this style more unique and personal, you should decorate with accessories that are very near and dear to you. Even a Christmas tree in the middle of summer would look very inviting when you use it in the context of this this interior design style.