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The ‘New’ Rustic

Thursday 8th September 2016
Rustic is a style that has gained a great deal of momentum in recent years. Synonymous with the theme are rural scenic scapes, fresh farm fodder and do it yourself décor. This month we’ve dedicated our mood board to a ‘new’ kind of rustic, a synthesis of uber minimal design and country cosy sentiments.
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While still encapsulating the rugged, resilient spirit of rural life, the ‘new’ rustic is stripped down and pared back. Earthy tones, natural materials and the art of re-purposing still come into play, though clean structural lines elevate the informal elegance of the theme. Weathered wood accents, exposed brick and tarnished stone juxtaposed with sleek, modern furnishings strike a balance between intimate luxe and warmth.

Finding a venue that resonates with this contemporary country theme will ensure minimal styling needs to be done on your behalf. If a provincial barn or restored farmhouse don’t echo your personal aesthetic, consider a clean space with large prism windows and lots of natural light, in order to bring the outdoors in. Walls with a lime-wash finish work well by providing a chalky texture and exposed natural architectural elements will add a soft industrious feeling to the space. When styling, start with a primarily black, white and ochre colour scheme and begin to incorporate nodes of reclaimed wood and blemished metallic metals.

Where furnishings are traditionally plush and muted, the ‘new’ rustic embraces a natural edginess by way of structural, mid-century sideboards and sofas. Linen tableware and paper goods should remain a neutral hue, though can be easily enhanced with a little pigmentation. To ensure that the overall styling looks cohesive and not like an amateur craft project, keep clutter and homemade ornaments to an absolute minimum.

Dressing for a modern rustic wedding is all about delicate spaghetti straps, sumptuous silks and modern crochet-inspired lace. Imitating the same no-fuss, relaxed sophistication as the theme itself.

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Thursday 8th September 2016

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