I love the rustic look – and I’ve seen great examples of it recently in both old country houses and modern, city apartments. It’s all about stripping things back to the basics – but it can cost a pretty penny. There are, however, some cheaper and easier ways of achieving the look, and it’s a great project to get your teeth stuck into.
In today’s guide, I’m going to go through a few different ideas on how you can achieve a rustic look on a budget. It will take a while, so put aside plenty of time. And, be prepared to use some serious elbow grease! Thinking of redecorating soon? Then why not give it a go?
Take out your plasterboards
If you have any brickwork or walls behind your plasterboard, why not expose it? It can create a striking look – brickwork, especially. It’s just a case of ripping down the plasterboard and exposing the stone underneath. Make sure you treat it with a sealant, though, or you might get a little cold during the winter months. There is a slight risk to watch out for. Builders tend to use their best bricks for outside work. It’s also best to limit your exposed area to one wall or area only.
Take up the carpet
Do you have floorboards underneath the carpet? If so, why not reveal them to the world? Just rip up your carpet and hire a heavy duty sander to get started. Run over every last bit of wood to clean the boards – and be aware that it’s going to get very dusty. Once it’s settled, wash your boards, and use a filler to close up any holes. Don’t forget to take out any nails that might be sticking up. Then it’s a case of staining and protecting your boards. I’ve heard good things about the longevity Osmo Oil from a few different tradespeople. And, according to Paints 4 Trade, it’s good for the environment, too.
Paint your walls
Paint is also an option for anyone who doesn’t fancy taking on a big project of exposing walls and floorboards. If you want the rustic look, though, you’ll need to choose your colours wisely. Greens, browns, and fawn hues are ideal for the main parts of your home. You can add some stronger colours and tones to highlight feature areas, too.
Go big on wood
The more wood you have in your home, the more rustic it’s going to look. Try to get your wooden furniture from fully sustainable sources, though, when buying new. However, the rustic look allows you to mix and match from all different styles and eras. It means you should find plenty of usable, reclaimed pieces that will look great in the home. Try places like Emmaus or the British Heart Foundation furniture shops. They are alway full of bargain pieces, and you can get an awful lot for your money.
OK, so there you have it – any of these ideas can transform your home into a rustic paradise for not much money at all. Any more tips to share? Why not let everyone know about them by leaving your thoughts in the comments section below?