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.