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Sometimes when people think about transforming the interior design of their home, they think about large, sweeping changes like furniture, paint, and flooring. However, some home design challenges are all about making small, calculated decisions. For example, a simple white orchid might make your entryway look more distinguished, and a nice area rug might help your sofa to stand out. My blog is dedicated to interior design, so that you can make decisions that work well for your lifestyle. Check out these tips for ways to make your home truly unique. You never know, it might help you to make your home more welcoming.


Making Small Interior Design Changes

Four Keys To Creating A Rustic Casual Living Room

Katherine Gray

While a formal living room with traditional wing back chairs, a Victorian sofa, and Queen Anne tables may look elegant and sophisticated, for many people, it just doesn't exude that welcoming feeling they want out of their space. It feels cold and austere to them, rather than warm and inviting. They prefer a room that feels as comfortable as slipping into their favorite pair of well-worn blue jeans. Here are four rustic casual interior design ideas to help you create a room that is as pretty as it is relaxing.

Colors and Textures Set The Mood

Think about the great outdoors. Do you envision the beach, or do you think of the woods? Or maybe a gorgeous sunset came to mind. The colors of nature, whether it is the shades of blue from the water and sky, the greens and browns of trees and plants, or even the orange and purple of the evening sky, should guide you as you think about the color palette you want to go with.

Texture plays a huge role in creating a rustic casual space. Think about all of the different natural materials you can choose from. A fieldstone or brick fireplace, hardwood flooring, bright and vibrant colorful hand painted tiles, and wrought iron accents are all important design elements. Natural granite and stone also lend a rustic feel to the space. Wood, whether it is in the form of ceiling beams or built-in bookcases and nooks, is prominent in a rustic casual room.

The Walls Tell The Story

Your walls, and what you put on them, work to bring it together. A rustic casual interior design isn't likely to be hung with wallpaper. Stucco or rough-plastered walls adds both texture and a sense of unrefined honesty to the room. Simple wooden plank paneling or half-logs are another option.

When you think about what to adorn your walls with, choose pieces that bring the outdoors in and celebrate nature. Pictures of bucolic pastures and animals, vintage tin advertising pieces, and botanical prints are a good place to start.

Furniture You Can Relate To

With a rustic casual style, the furniture you choose will define which direction you want to go. It can be very rustic, with log cabin-style furniture made from whole logs and upholstered with rich fabrics in a southwest design. Or maybe you prefer a room that feels a bit more refined and a comfortable leather couch is more what you have in mind.

Accessories Pull The Room Together

Scatter natural, large cowhide rugs throughout the room. Smaller cowhide rugs can also be used as a coffee table runner or placed on the back of the couch to serve as both an upholstery protector and a design element. Wrought iron candle holders, lanterns, and lamps with parchment cast a cozy glow. Add personal touches by showcasing a few of your favorite things.

Any great living room takes time to achieve the overall look you are going for, but if you follow these basics, you will eventually have the rustic casual design you envisioned.