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How to create a traditional rustic home

Wooden coffee table next to grey corner sofa with painting and fireplace

With winter firmly here to stay, we’re dreaming of cosy, homely, rustic interiors. Think natural materials, exposed brick, warming fireplaces, antiques and plenty of soft furnishings, for example. (Now we’re imagining an epic master bedroom suite with dark wood, neutral walls and layers of soft blankets and pillows!) Whether you have a crumbling cottage, farmhouse conversion or a new-build, you can easily add these elements to any room in your home. Depending on the age of your property, go for an older rustic look, or you can even mix modern and traditional decor. Scroll for inspiration!

Living room

Seating area with cowhide

Your living room is an easy place to get creative and play with rustic design. Ramp up the cosy factor with a modern wood stove or traditional fireplace and take colour inspiration from the outdoors. Pick warm tones of greys, greens, yellows and oranges that will create an uplifting, informal space. Choose simple, natural fabrics for your upholstery and rugs, such as cowhide, sheepskin, wool or jute.

Master bedroom

Bed with rustic wooden headboard, fairylights, lamp and cosy blankets

Make the master bedroom a place to retreat to, with a huge bed as the centrepiece – be it a four poster bed, a wooden panelled bed, or an antique-style bed. Add wooden side tables and free-standing cabinets, vintage textiles, house plants and decorative throws and pillows for that earthy, fuss-free feel.


Kitchen island with farmhouse sink, hardwood floors and stainless steel appliances

Farmhouse-style kitchens with rustic decor can work whether you like traditional or contemporary design. For a traditional country-style kitchen, opt for a range cooker, open shelving and a huge wooden table with mismatched chairs. If you prefer a modern approach, you could combine practical, organic materials like a reclaimed wood worktop or enamel antique sink, with refined or utilitarian design – for example, metal bar stools and contemporary tiles. Remember to make a feature of any original architecture details, including stone or brick walls and wooden beams. Our kitchen specialists can help you plan and design a welcoming space that embraces natural elements and complements your home.

Kitchen with wooden flooring, two farmhouse sinks and white cabinets

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Freestanding bath in rustic bathroom with wood floorboards and pampas grass

Want to bring a rustic vibe to your bathroom? Choose organic materials and finishes that fit your design style and home. It could be as simple as introducing wicker storage baskets, indoor plants or a vintage mirror to your space. But if you want a complete bathroom update, consider these design ideas: Roman clay or Limewash walls for that natural aesthetic, and exposed copper piping or traditional brass taps for a lived-in farmhouse feel. We also love reclaimed wood vanity units and antique patterned tiles.

Rustic black sink with copper taps in a bathroom with grey decor

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