Rustic Design in 2017

  • By Jennifer
  • 26 Jul, 2017

Bring Earthy Elegance Into Your Home

If you love the outdoors, decorating a room in a rustic style can help you capture that casual, earthy spirit. It’s a versatile design style that can remind you of anything from a European hunting lodge to a cozy mountain cabin. It can call to mind a vacation to Montana or a favorite nature photograph. Rustic is authentic, handmade, mismatched, and comfortable. And you don’t have to sacrifice sophistication.
Whether you want to entertain your friends with a casual get-together, or curl up on the couch with a thick blanket and a good book, rustic design can help you create a space that is as relaxing as your favorite outdoor spot.
Here are tips from Susan Prestia, a Kansas-based designer and member of the American Society of Interior Designers, for creating a relaxed, rustic space:

Seek out rugged, weathered furniture:
Look for furniture made from distressed wood, and don’t be afraid to paint it.

Try metal accents:
A metal base with a wooden top instead of glass is just right. Metal accessories such as picture frames are an affordable touch.
Look for a leather sofa:
The softness helps balance the hardness of wood and metal.

Think natural fibers:
Add wool blankets as accents. Hand-woven textiles by up-and-coming artists can be bought for reasonable prices.

Pull in nature:
Stones, fresh flowers, and plants help the space feel alive. Use art, such as photography, to bring in nature. Windows can serve as pictures in the room, if you have a great view.

Think broadly about a color palate: 
You’re not limited to the traditional palate of dark greens and reds. For example, while you might not want to use soft yellow, a strong golden could work beautifully. A neutral palate such as cream or charcoal creates a soothing backdrop.

Aim for natural light:
Use dimmers and unscented candles to add to the mood.

Remember that less is more:
Keep the space uncluttered and tidy. Avoid anything frou-frou.

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Wood

Hardwood floors are undoubtedly beautiful, adding a certain kind of warmth to the room that other types of flooring just can’t match. They are one of the more expensive types of flooring, though, but they are long-lasting and age beautifully, making the cost worthwhile. The downsides of wood, besides cost, is the discomfort of a hard surface underfoot. This is easily fixed with an area rug.

Carpet

Carpet is the number one choice for flooring in bedrooms, but it is less popular in living rooms. Still not an unpopular choice, though, since a carpeted living room offers softness underfoot (a plus if you have babies or children) that only carpeting can provide. A carpeted living room is also a less noisy one, since carpet absorbs sound. There are a few downsides of carpeting to keep in mind, however. Although fairly easy to keep clean (run a vacuum over it once or twice a week), it does have a tendency to stain and will show signs of wear over time. You can expect to have to replace your carpeting at some point.

Tile or Stone

Tile and stone flooring offers an elegant, modern, and sleek look. It can be a sophisticated, one-of-a-kind, and very durable option, but also one of the more costly materials. Other than cost, the downsides of tile and stone flooring is that it is cold, hard, and very noisy. Area rugs can help with this, and some people even chose to have in-floor heating to keep the floor from being too cold on bare feet.

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While hardwood floors are very durable and can withstand a lot of wear and tear, scratches can happen, and when they do, you should know how to remove them as best you can. Below you’ll find some tips on removing scratches from your hardwood floors, because let’s face it, life happens!

Surface Scratches

For this, you’ll need a soft cloth, warm water, hardwood floor cleaner, and a protective coating. Clean the scratched area of floor with the cloth and floor cleaner, as the area needs to be clear of any dirt. Then, rinse the area with another clean cloth with warm water, and allow the area to dry completely. When the area is clean and dry, apply a layer of protective coating and allow the area to dry overnight.

Minor Scratches

For minor scratches, you’ll need a soft cloth, warm water, hardwood floor cleaner, steel wool or a fine grade sandpaper, and a wax wood repair stick. For this purpose, avoid clear waxes. Begin the process by cleaning the section of scratched floor. Then you can start sanding the scratched area with the steel wool, and remember to always go with the grain of the wood. After you’ve buffed the scratched area, apply the wax stick and let it set for 10-15 minutes.This will fill the scratch and allow the area to blend in with the rest of the floor. Use a soft cloth to buff over the area, and finish by cleaning the section of floor.

Deep Scratches

When deep scratches occur, it’s best to call in the professionals. Fixing these scratches entail stripping, repairing, and refinishing the floors.

Additional Tips

Wood fillers of different colors are available for a variety of different colored wood floors. Wood fillers can be used to minor scratches that have penetrated the surface of the wood. Avoid waxing a polyurethane floor. By doing this, you won’t have the opportunity to refinish your floors in the future. If you have a section of flooring that is badly scratched, call in the professionals to strip, repair, and refinish your floors.


If you have scratched up floors that need repairing, call the professional at Valley Floor Coverings. To learn more about how we can help you, please visit our website, or give us a call at (401) 724-8650.
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