While old-school rustic still maintained it raw, organic charm, we’re now moving into the era of hybrid aesthetics. Although the rustic style of the old may have some drastic evolution due to the advent of materials and people’s changing sensibilities, it has now become bigger and better. While it still retains its characteristic comfort, there are definitely new changes to mark the difference. So what’s the new version of rustic? Let’s find out!
1. Transitioning materials
First of all, it is important to note that there is a whole new rustic-style material palate available in the market. While the aesthetics of these materials are the same, they are much more high quality and durable. Wooden laminates and tile stone accents are a few of the examples. You can use such materials in gradation to emulate the new rustic aesthetic in your homes.
2. Live edge furniture
While before, the majority of rustic style furnitures used to feature simple wooden or even rattan style furnishings, today we have ‘live-edge.’ Live-edge furniture is different and unique. It consists of a rough wooden aesthetic that emulates true, authentic nature. It’s perfectly organic, and looks absolutely stunning in a neo-rustic setting.
3. Thinking out of the box
While the rustic style of the past was all about wooden and stone accents with more brown than any other color, the neo-rustic style is a little bit different. Although it does indulge in warm colors and material accents, this new interpretation is much more open to creative interpretation. You can take the interior design in this image as an example – it features warm colors with dull subtexts to keep things trendy and interesting.
4. A bit of shabby chic
The rustic style was never sleek, and that remains true to form with its neo-rustic interpretation. Aside from the live-edge furniture, you can imbue a sense of ‘comfortably frayed around the edges’ with some shabby chic accoutrements like wall finishes, floor materials and more.
5. Contemporary pragmatism
Just because most of the rustic aesthetic implies a time-work visuals, does not mean that you have to go for old-school interior design interpretations. For example, the flexible media wall in this image shows just how you can articulate your modern ideas while still retaining the essence of the style in its new form.