The word ‘rustic’ has its roots in the Latin word rusticus, meaning peasant, a person ploughing the field and living in the countryside.
Used as an adjective, ‘rustic’ refers to the uncouth, the unrefined and the countrylike. The Rustic style is an interior design style which captures the elements of the countryside and brings it to home.
Three Rustic elements
The Rustic style places great emphasis on three main elements: roughness, unaffectedness and earthy tones.
Rough, unprocessed textures are not only sturdy and humble, but also reminiscent of mother nature. Plain organic materials alluding to the purely natural are in themselves a pleasure to the senses even when they are undecorated.
Earthy tones exude a sense of comfort, warmth and peace. It allows you to relax completely and calms the nerves, releasing your accumulated anxiety.
Variations of the Rustic style includes the Modern Rustic and the Scandinavian Rustic.
The aesthetics of a domestic setting not only rely on the usage of material and texture, but also the creativity of the designer, manifested in the matching of furniture, colours and patterns.
Ditch the paint
You might have noticed that in Rustic designs, all the building materials are unpainted and unpolished. In some countries, exposing the ceiling beams’ textures is an essential feature of Rustic interior design. Though difficult to realise in Hong Kong, there are creative ways to get around this and achieve symilar visual effects.
The peaceful earthy palette does not contain one single abrasive colour. The rustic palette includes all browns and greys; if you are keen on wood colours, this style might be for you.
Impression of roughness
Rustic decoration and furniture often give you an strong impression of coarseness. These items include timber in the form of unrefined trunks and twigs. Visually or by touch, they communicate a frankness of nature.
The 2018 interior design trend popularised the use of earthy tones, organic patterns and natural material. This trend is still going strong in mid 2019; the Rustic style is popular both in Japan and China.
Reminiscent of ancient country houses in America, the Rustic style, though simple, might be hard to execute. Rustic elements like old beams, aged flooring, naked natural textures and walls built with tree trunks are not easy to assemble, but it’s totally worth it.