The rustic style has an old-school vintage charm that can feel a little antiquated to someone who has contemporary sensibilities. However, this stylish theme can be integrated in a way that many homeowners appreciate even today. You’ll be delighted to learn that there are ways to contemporise this style. Let’s look at ways you can modernize the rustic theme:
1. Embellishing a plain backdrop
There’s a lot of texture that goes in the overall production value of a rustic style space. This could either be quaint or visually overwhelming according to modern standards. So, here’s what you can do: instead of doing a full texture-overhaul, simply go for a plain backdrop with foreground texture – just like the cat-walk accent wall featured in this image.
2. Modern patterns
Modernised patterns can have a contemporary impact on the perception of a rustic theme. These patterns are usually very clear-cut and are typically articulated with CNC laser cutting. If you’re searching for inspiration, just take a look at the gorgeous partition wall in this image. Its upper half is clearly modern while the lower half exudes a vintage rustic charm.
3. Furniture in the middle
The rustic look of the past came across as old-fashioned partially because of the usually old wooden furniture. These days modern-rustic pieces heavily dominate the market. From single slab live edge tables to gorgeously stained wooden chairs, there are a myriad of unique furniture choices you can choose to blend the modern and rustic aesthetic.
4. Modern surfaces
An interesting way to modernise the contemporary look is by introducing sleek – especially matted – finishes in the middle of all the wooden textures and accents. You can take inspiration from the open kitchen featured in this image. The use of matte charcoal-hued laminates on the cabinets really sets off the natural finish of the wood, and artfully modernizes the rustic ambiance.
5. Modern lighting
Nothing can make a rustic ambiance stand out more than a dim gold lighting. That’s exactly what you have to emulate in your modern-rustic venture. But since you cannot modify the light temperature, you can go ahead and use contemporary light fixtures that suit the theme to make up for it.