When considering a rustic theme in your design, look no further for inspiration than lovely crisp autumnal days; gentle blue skies, piles of crunchy orange and yellow leaves just waiting to be kicked about and shiny brown conkers. Think of that childhood tree house, perched in the silver birth tree with the natural wood colours of old pallets, worn ropes with swing seats.
Achieving the look
The key is to work from a cooler start palette such as old worn wood, or a blue tinged slate. If carpets are preferred, natural fibres in browns to greys lend themselves to the look, offering a blank canvass to the rich earthy tones.
Gradually introduce shades of natural orange, amber, burnt reds, and browns to warm up the room. Soft furnishings such as cushions, rugs and alternative window coverings can be used very effectively. Dried seed heads, willow and grasses continue the neutral look and these can be interspersed with seasonal flowers that fall within the colour spectrum. Poppies, lilies and even sunflowers co-ordinate well. Avoid drifting into the pink and red palette, keeping within the autumnal concept.
If your talents lie in that area, traditional handmade peg rugs can be used to bring together all the colours, by utilising curtaining leftovers, scrap materials mixed with fleece and wool to soften the overall look.
Chunky wooden or recycled pallet furniture will give a natural feel, and can be a very practical option, with the option to update with a coat of paint at a later date. A limed or distressed look can be very effective and will keep the rustic theme.
The overall view is to be one of the outside working its way inside, giving an organic, natural feel to a room, without slipping into a cutsie log cabin or Swiss chalet look.