Decoration ideas for a more sustainable Christmas

Collection of Christmas ornaments against rustic wood background

Assortment of homemade and rustic Christmas decorations against a brick wallOne of the reasons people love to buy reclaimed wood furniture is how wonderful and natural it looks but the other reason is, of course, the positive environmental impact it has on our planet – ie. reusing wood that would otherwise be destined for landfill. So if you do not have a liking for mass-produced plastic Christmas decorations and want a more sustainable Christmas, as well as having something fun and creative to do as a family – this blog will be of interest to you…

Here we have put just a few ideas together so you can decorate your home with something a little more personal and individual. Some suggestions could also work as a small personal gift for a friend or family member.

Twigs in a vase with hanging Christmas decorations on a blue background

You may have some old decorations and want to reuse them in a new and more modern way instead of just throwing them away.

A homemade wreath on the front door is a perfect seasonal welcome to your home – just a simple wreath made from fir branches, pine cones, dried orange slices and cinnamon sticks. A bit of red ribbon or some holly berries finish it off – hang it on your door and you give your door a bit of Christmas cheer for passersby and for any visitors.

Christmas wreath made with pine leaves, cones & berries hanging on bright pink door

It is lovely to create a welcoming hallway when you come in from the cold – it’s generally a small space so Christmas decorations should be sized so people can easily walk past them on their way in and out of the house. You can make a small twig tree to fit on a narrow console table, add fairy lights and just a few decorations. If you have a hallway storage bench you can add a wall-mounted decoration like a twig tree above it and hang fairy lights around that to give a bit of Christmas cheer as you walk in and take your boots off.

Close up of Christmas tree made from tree branches, wooden stars and string

You can also make a twig tree for the dining room – this is perfect for next to a rustic dining table. If you have a nice large sideboard you can place a wreath on it with one or more candles to create a more festive atmosphere. There is so much in nature that you can use, the kids would love foraging for pinecones, twigs, leaves and the many other things they would find to incorporate into your masterpiece.

Rustic and natural Christmas decorations with wreath and homemade tree made from twigs and leaves against brick wall

We love this simple and effective Christmas display – this is so simple to achieve and would look brilliant on a wood bookcase in the living room or as a centrepiece, arranged on a silver tray or plate, on a rustic coffee table, you could add some more candle holders to turn it into a real feature.

Glass jar filled with pinecones, dried orange slice and fairy lights

Wooden or fabric dining chairs: how to decide

White wooden dining chairs with reclaimed wood dining table

reclaimed wood dining table with white wooden dining chairs

They may come secondary to a dining table, but if you’re looking to spruce up your dining area, investing in new dining chairs is an easy refresh. One of our most frequently asked questions here at Modish Living is what type of seating will best suit my dining table? Should you pair your rustic dining table with fabric dining chairs or stick with matching wooden dining chairs? We take a look at the pros of both fabric and wooden chairs to help you choose the perfect pairing.

Pros of fabric dining chairs

reclaimed wood dining table with grey fabric dining chairs

When it comes to texture for upholstered dining chairs you’re spoilt for choice, stylish recycled wool, charming aniline leather or sumptuous velvet are all great materials for dining chairs. Get creative and play with a variety of patterns to achieve different aesthetics based on your interior style. Take the plunge and opt for an upholstered dining chair in a tropical inspired print, pair with a reclaimed wood dining table, dark interior and plenty of antique trinkets and accessories to live out your true maximalist dream. If you prefer the minimalist look, keep it simple and revisit french countryside cool with muted stripe chairs featuring a rounded backrest which will look beautiful around a reclaimed wood dining table.

Fabric dining chairs are also an exciting way to bring some colour to your dining area. Elevate neutral spaces with deep purples for a romantic setting or emerald green coloured dining chairs to add some real depth and drama. Our Lansford Dining Chairs look fantastic when sat around an industrial dining table, the rich tones complement the warmth of the wood table top whilst the velvet seat and gold metal legs bring some glamour to the room. Indulging in velvet dining room chairs is the way to go if you’re wanting to achieve a more formal spaces. The Telford grey velvet dining chair paired with a striking wooden or glass top table is an iconic duo, the contrast of luxurious materials create a modern setting that oozes sophistication.

green velvet dining chairs with gold metal leg

If you want to mix and match dining chairs with a dining bench, you can even add an upholstered dining bench to your upholstered chairs. Looks aside, both a fabric chair or bench are incredibly comfortable, especially if you choose a dining bench with back. More like dining on your own personalised sofa, the level of comfort they offer will keep you and your guests seated way past desserts are served.

Pros of wooden chairs

reclaimed wood dining table with wooden dining chairs

You can never go wrong with a reclaimed wood dining chair. Aside from their strong, solid and durable nature, they are bursting with authentic character and charm. Our best-selling Standford Industrial Reclaimed Wood Dining Chair embraces all of its natural markings and undulations to bring a wholesome, comforting feel to dining areas wanting a homely touch.

wooden dining chair with cross back

If you’re concerned about comfort, there’s no need to compromise as you can elevate your space with soft seat cushions in the style of your choice or choose a wooden chair with an upholstered seat for the best of both worlds. Create the current viral coastal grandmother-style trend with nautical blue check seat cushions sitting on top of a wooden chair with arms for added support. Pair with a chunky wood dining table, modern coastal artwork and fresh blooms to set off the theme. For a more mid-century look, mix and match bright and bold fabric seat cushions around your dining table for a chic, artful look. The eclectic combos create a visually interesting point which is bound to spark a conversation. To really channel that 60’s vibe, arrange the chairs around a round wood dining table to capture the gentle curves of the mid-century design.

Investing in a wooden dining chair gives your dining table a partner for life. As the years go by your dining chairs will not only stand the test of time, but natural wear over the years will add to the authenticity of the design. Reclaimed wood is considerably easy to maintain with a lower risk of damage and stubborn staining. The easy wipe surface is a game-changer for young families with lots of small, sticky and spill-prone mitts at dinner time.

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10 of our best-selling reclaimed wood dining tables

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Reclaimed wood furniture is the ideal choice when it comes to dining tables and a fantastic option for all types of interior schemes and homes. It is not only a great choice for families, but works well as either a statement dining table or an everyday table, making it an incredibly versatile option.

But, don’t take out word for it though. Here, we’ve listed our top 10 most popular reclaimed wood dining tables that would work well in any home and or situation. Starting with……

1. Mayfair Reclaimed Wood Dining Table

If you are looking for a spectacular statement table, then this is a perfect choice. With its stunning reclaimed wood surface and natural grain patterns are a canvas of organic beauty, complemented by a robust metal base with a bold, geometric silhouette. The cross detailing of the polished metal legs on this table makes it a particularly striking option that fits with both a rustic or modern style interiors.

2. Standford Industrial Reclaimed Wood Dining Tables

industrial style dining table in reclaimed wood

The perfect choice for a busy family home, the Standford Industrial Reclaimed Wood Dining table range comes in both extending and fixed top options. This makes it a very versatile industrial style dining table that is perfect for a growing family.

3. The Serenity Reclaimed Wood Dining Table

The Serenity Reclaimed Wood Dining Table is where stories are shared and memories made. Its robust form, crafted from reclaimed wood set upon a distinctive metal base, provides a generous surface for feasts and conversations. The table’s design embodies a calm strength, ensuring it becomes the heart of family gatherings and sophisticated entertaining. It’s not just a dining table—it’s where the serenity of shared meals brings people together.

4. Skyline Reclaimed Wood Dining Table

Whether you have a country cottage or are simply in love with that perfect farmhouse style, this rustic dining table is a great choice to complement any farmhouse-inspired style of décor in your dining room or a larger farmhouse-style kitchen. The subtle grey hue of the lacquered finish adds a modern touch and brings this classic table bang up to date.

5. Worcester Reclaimed Wood Round Dining Table

The distressed whitewash painted legs and natural reclaimed wood top gives the Worcester reclaimed wood extending dining table a real Scandi coastal chic vibe. This is an extendable table that will look perfect in any rustic scandi-styled room. Pair with matching wooden chairs or for a more modern Hamptons style, bring in natural coloured fabric dining chairs.

6. Skyline Reclaimed Wood Extending Round Dining Table

Sometimes, only a statement rustic dining table will do, and the Skyline Reclaimed Wood Extending Round Dining Table is the ultimate statement piece. The reclaimed wood top and sturdy base provide a durable, stylish surface for any occasion, this unique reclaimed table is full of character, personality and one-of-a-kind style.

7. Soho Extending Reclaimed Wood Dining Table

The Soho Extending Reclaimed Wood Dining Table is a wonderful mix of old and new. By marrying a character-rich reclaimed dining table wood top with simple modern lines and contrasting tones, this wooden extendable dining table is a rustic classic that will never lose its style.

8. Standford Industrial Round Dining Table

reclaimed wood small round dining table

A dining table doesn’t need to be huge to make a statement and the Standford Industrial Reclaimed Wood Bar Table is our best-selling small bar dining table for smaller dining rooms or kitchens. It’s ideal for small spaces where you want to use every inch to its advantage and its wonderful reclaimed wood characteristics give each table its own genuine uniqueness.

9. Derby Reclaimed Wood Extending Dining Table

Reclaimed wood dining table with matching wooden bench and grey faux leather dining chairs

If you are looking for a contemporary reclaimed wood table with Nordic influences, the Derby, with its reclaimed top and black painted legs, is a great choice that will add a really modern touch to your dining room. The pale finish to the wood is a great example of how reclaimed wood furniture can be chic and modern as well as classic rustic.

10. Chelwood Reclaimed Wood Dining Table

reclaimed wood dining table with brown faux leather dining chairs

Last, but by no means the least, on our best-selling reclaimed wood table list is the Chelwood Reclaimed Wood Dining Table. This is a great everyday table at an affordable price that will sit perfectly at home as a part of any interior design scheme, from minimalist Scandi to modern rustic. Add brown faux leather dining chairs and a matching wooden dining bench to finish this classic look.

With all these options open to you, you’re sure to find a table that works just as you want it to, while making your dining room look its best. See our full collection of reclaimed wood dining tables and pick your favourite or visit our blog for more interior ideas and inspiration.

5 questions and answers about reclaimed dining tables

reclaimed wood dining table top with grey fabric dining chairs

industrial dining table in reclaimed wood and black steel legs

The popularity of reclaimed wood furniture, and in particular the reclaimed wood dining table is on the increase. If you are considering purchasing a reclaimed dining table, then you may have some questions. Let’s take a look at the answers to 5 of the most commonly asked questions about reclaimed wood furniture, to save you time deciding on what to go for.

1. What does reclaimed wood mean?

To put it simply, reclaimed wood is the term that is used to refer to wood that has previously been used for another purpose and has been repurposed and given a new lease of life in another guise. The wood may have been used as part of a structure like a building, ship or railway sleepers. As such, the wood will have some of the original markings that are associated with age, such as nail holes that add to its uniqueness and character.

close up of round reclaimed wood dining table

2. Is a reclaimed wood dining table safe?

The reclaimed wood items that can be purchased from reputable furniture shops are safe for use, for example, pieces such as a reclaimed stool or reclaimed dining table. It is very important to purchase reclaimed wood items from a trusted source who will have put all of the appropriate measures in place to ensure the quality and history of the wood used in the reclaimed furniture that they offer. The type of reclaimed wood that is not safe to use is if there is evidence of fire damage.

industrial dining table in reclaimed wood with matching wooden dining bench

3. Is reclaimed wood sustainable?

Recycling is beneficial for the environment which means that when we use reclaimed wood new life is being given to an existing source of wood rather than requiring the harvesting and replanting, of new trees. The alternative for reclaimed wood is landfill or burning it, neither of which are good for the environment. It is a much more sustainable source of wood, particularly when it comes to more expensive older woods and those that take longer to come to maturity.

4. Can you repair a reclaimed wood dining table?

When it comes to repairing a reclaimed dining table, there is little difference between these types of repairs and those that you would make to a table made of new wood. Some damage can be repaired, and some cannot, it will depend entirely on the problem. However, the nature of reclaimed wood does lend itself very well to repair work, as this can often be made to look like a part of the original product itself and will therefore be less obvious. A rustic dining table crafted from reclaimed wood, for example, will already feature nail holes, knots and splits, so a minor dent or scratch will simply and easily blend in with the existing unique imperfections.

cleaning top of a rustic dining table with a yellow cloth

5. Is a reclaimed wood dining table more expensive?

At first impression, a reclaimed wood table may be more expensive than a table made of newer wood. However, there are a couple of factors that you may want to take into consideration. This type of product is usually hand-finished, which can make it more expensive than a more mass-produced new wood table. Further to this, aged wood, the type used for reclaimed furniture, is incredibly strong. The older it is the stronger it will be. Therefore, if you look after it carefully it will last you a lifetime which will actually make it a great investment in the long term.

Bring character, warmth and style to your dining space with our collection of wooden dining tables or for more information about reclaimed wood, take a look at our inspiring blog collection.

How to care for your reclaimed wood dining furniture

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reclaimed wood dining table with matching wooden dining bench

Reclaimed wood furniture has been growing in popularity for some years now, not only because it boasts authentic character, but because it is an easy, and stylish, eco choice. Reclaimed furniture is wood that is reused – generally from old beams found in buildings and barns that are being demolished, old railway sleepers, floorboards, scaffold boards, and even old boat timbers. It is an planet-friendly way to give old timbers a new lease of life and stories to tell, rather than the alternative, which is either burning or rendering it to landfill.

The rustic furniture pieces created from reclaimed wood are not designed to look new – rather they should proudly show tone variations, knots and holes from where the nails have been hand removed, all of which give the furniture tonnes of genuinely unique character and history that you can only achieve with new timber. It is homely, warm and comforting, yet stylish and current at the same time. With the right care a reclaimed dining table, sideboard or chest of drawers will be a part of your home for many years to come.

How do you care for reclaimed wood?

Reclaimed wood is a natural product that will react to its environment, therefore, when you first welcome a piece into your home it will take some time to “settle in”. During this time it is a good idea to wax it regularly using a lint-free cloth – say once a month for the first three months – especially on surfaces that will be frequently used. After this time, you can give it just a thin layer of wax around four times a year to keep it looking its absolute best.

close up of reclaimed wood dining table and brown faux leather dining chairs

A reclaimed wood dining table is very forgiving, making it the ideal choice for a busy family home, especially if you have young children. Small scratches and dents can be easily blended by simply using clear wax and because a rustic table already has natural splits and nail holes, any small new scratches will be indecipherable. There are many waxes on the market and some rustic wood dining tables will have a slight tint to the wax. If this is the case, take a quick photo on your phone and ask your local hardware store for advice on colour and the best type of products to use.

Some tables are finished with oil, again this is something you can easily find in hardware stores and apply as necessary to protect your wood dining table and keep it looking as good as new.

Daily care and maintenance

As you would with any type of wood furniture, we recommend using placemats and coasters to avoid heat and water ring marks. You should also pop something underneath a piece of paper if you are writing to avoid marking the table through the paper – if you have chosen an especially rustic finish, this will be essential to provide a smoother writing surface. When it comes to spillages, don’t panic! Excess water should be wiped up as soon as possible, but as long as you don’t leave puddles of water, your stylish dining table will be just fine. We do not recommend using wood polishes as they contain silicone that build-up over time – a dry lint-free cloth is fine or a damp cloth with a little mild detergent on a regularly waxed table is all you need to do!

reclaimed wood dining table with polished silver crossed legs and glass top

Reclaimed wood tables, such as the stunning Luxe Kensington Reclaimed Wood Dining Table above, can be incredibly heavy so when you move your furniture please don’t drag it, as this will weaken the joints. It is always best for a couple of you, or more if your table is particularly solid and heavy, to lift the table and gently set it down in its new position. In addition, if possible, avoid putting your dining furniture in direct sunlight or near a heat source.

Bring in the professionals

If your treasured piece of reclaimed wood furniture gets particularly damaged and you don’t feel confident to mend it yourself then this is when you should get the professionals in. There are plenty of companies that can send a fully qualified furniture technician to your home to carry out a repair quickly and easily. And because reclaimed wood is so forgiving, these experts can do amazing things and treat a whole range of issues. Phew!

close up of small round dining table in reclaimed wood

Peace of mind

No matter how careful and cautious you are with your reclaimed dining table, life’s little accidents are unavoidable. We understand this, so when you buy any of our luxury furniture from us you can also purchase a 5-year protection policy with a convenient one-off payment. This will cover your furniture for accidental stain damage, including food, drinks, ink, make-up and candle wax, as well as accidental scratches, chips and more. It’s better to be safe than sorry, right?

No matter what type of interior scheme you’re coveting, whether that’s a classic farmhouse table or an uber-cool industrial dining table, reclaimed wood is the magic ingredient that will pull your look together. Not only is it the eco-friendly choice, but the timbers are strong, durable and overflowing with character, bringing bundles of style to your dining space.

Do you have a reclaimed wood dining table in your home? Did you choose a wooden dining bench or some faux leather dining chairs to go with it? We’re a nosy bunch and would love to see how you style it. Follow us @modishliving to see how our customers style our furniture and get ideas and inspirations for your own home.

5 tips to make a successful study space at home

girl in yellow t-shirt writing at a desk

Desk with plant, letter and wire frame on wall

When the family is working, studying and revising from home, creating a quiet zone where your children can focus and study without distractions may seem like an impossible task. But, with a few clever interior and decor tips, you can make a creative and conducive study area that will encourage your child to study, read, write and work.

Regardless of the size of the space you have, when it comes to planning a home study space, it pays to remember these five key elements:

  1. Colour

  2. Furniture

  3. Lighting

  4. Organisation

  5. Personalisation


When it comes to colour schemes you want to promote a feeling of calm and peacefulness to aid concentration and this is best achieved with a predominantly neutral scheme in the main study area. That’s not to say it has to be boring and uninspiring. Colour can also ignite creativity, so consider adding pops of colour in your choice of accessories and furniture or even paint an accent wall behind the desk with a favourite colour. For less permanent options, a colourful photograph, print, pin-board or wall-mounted clipboards will also help create interest and colour.

home study area with green feature wall


The right home office desk is essential for the perfect home study area. Whether your child’s study zone is in their bedroom, an unused nook, a corner in the living room or a spot under the stairs, it’s worth investing in a quality desk.

industrial desk with grey leather office chair

A reclaimed wood desk or industrial desk feels grown-up and industrious, encouraging kids to knuckle down. Make sure the desk comes with drawers for keeping pens and stationery close to hand. As well as a dedicated desk, a comfy desk chair is vital to keep your young person motivated. As we well know, there’s nothing more distracting than being uncomfortable, so a modern desk chair is a must.


Lighting is especially important, not just for study, but for the health of their eyes, so if possible, try to create a study space that benefits from plenty of natural light. Make sure their set-up isn’t in direct sunlight though as you don’t want the sun streaming into their eyes or obliterating a screen. For the evening, or areas without much natural light, good task lighting is more effective than a single ceiling light. You want the light to shine directly on the office table or desk without creating obstructive shadows.

white desk with wooden chairs and white chest of drawers


The key to any effective study area is to keep it neat and tidy, especially if you’re sharing the space. Having an organised and clear area is vital, but being ordered doesn’t always come naturally to a child. Help them gain top marks by providing reclaimed wood shelves, drawers or a wood bookcase to ensure visible mess does not creep into the area. Even if the beautiful white drawers end up stuffed full of rubbish, if your child (or you!) can’t see the mess, they are more likely to be able to fully focus on the work in hand.

home study rustic chest of drawers


Adding some personal touches to your child’s study area will encourage them to want to hang around in the space longer. It’s a fine balance though. You don’t want it to distract from their learning, but small additions, such as a favourite toy, object, monogrammed items, photo or personal wall art on or behind their industrial style desk will make it feel like their space. This is especially true if the study area is located in a shared space.

White desk with white chair and surf board in corner of room

Complete your study space with our home office collection of rustic and reclaimed wood furniture or for more styling tips, take a look at our Ideas and Inspiration and follow us @modishliving.

Best of British – get patriotic with Mayfair Reclaimed

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Hip hip-hooray to an extra long royal weekend! With the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee fast approaching and as Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II gets ready to mark her 70-year reign, it’s certainly a moment to feel proud to be British. Whether you’re celebrating this joyous occasion by hosting afternoon tea or throwing a patriotic picnic, before you break out the bunting why not take a look at our beautiful and British made reclaimed wood furniture. Handmade by highly skilled craftsmen here in Britain, by buying Reclaimed you’ll be supporting our very own craftspeople, whilst investing back into our economy.

We don’t often like to pick favourites, but read on to see which pieces from our Reclaimed Wood collection really do take the crown.

Mayfair Industrial Reclaimed Wood Dining Table

If you’re looking for a dining table that’s bursting with natural features but also has that refined ‘London look’, look no further. Our Mayfair Reclaimed Wood Dining Table is perfect for city loft-style lovers wanting to add a little character and charm back into their space. The combination of solid black steel legs, which add an unfinished industrial edge, and the rugged wood top full of comfort and warmth, this dining table really something special. If you have an awkward shaped space or a smaller dining area, don’t fear, you’ll be happy to know all of our Beam range is made to order, so we can customise your furniture to fit your needs.

Eastwood Rustic Oak Dining Table

The design of this classic and rustic reclaimed wood dining table features a thick, chunky wood top and sturdy legs to last for years of good times and memories. 

Winchester Reclaimed Wood Bed

The solid wood bed frame boasts a contemporary cool look which is great for adding a little style to traditional bedrooms. Looks aside, the design incorporates handy and essential storage with a handy underneath drawer to keep things neat and tidy. Truly fit for a king, or queen, the Buckingham bed will reign in your home for years to come.

Winchester Reclaimed Wood Large Chest of Drawers

Complete your cosy bedroom and clear the clutter with a matching chest of drawers crafted in reclaimed wood. We love how visible all the knots and markings are in the wood, giving the rustic chest of drawers a natural and authentic look. 

3 best colours for a chic rustic living room

3 best colours for a chic rustic living room

rustic living room with brown couch, wooden floor and rustic tv stand

If you thought the idea of rustic style was something that really only belonged in a quaint chocolate-box cottage, then you might be surprised. When executed properly, with the right rustic furniture, colours and, of course, accessories, the rustic style can be applied to any type of living room. It can work in homes ranging from the more traditional to a contemporary apartment building. But how do you make it work for you? And what colours should you pair with it?

What is rustic style?

The modern rustic look is one that offers a somewhat soothing quality to your home. It is a look that is built around the use of raw edges, natural materials, such as reclaimed wood furniture and stone, along with soft colours.

The key to creating this type of style is informal elegance and in the modern home that can also mean open floor plans, preserved natural architectural details and plenty of light. It’s also important to get the colour right to keep the rustic look fresh and modern. With this in mind let’s take a look at three palettes that complement a contemporary rustic living room.

1. Neutral

white living room with modern rustic furniture and white rug

A neutral (think off-white, beige, light grey or magnolia) colour scheme can give you a fantastic backdrop against which your key pieces of rustic furniture can take centre stage and create the perfect rustic living room. For example, a cosy brown leather sofa beside a rustic coffee table – these are great pieces of furniture to build your rustic decor around. Whilst a neutral palette is a fantastic colour for your walls and floors, without the right touches it risks looking cold and lack the rustic charm you are striving for. The extra touches that you can add by way of accessories offer the perfect opportunity to add a bit of warmth that will help bring the rustic look together. Muted tones, such as grey and dusky pinks will ensure you don’t stray too far from your neutral pallet, but will add some much needed warmth; think rugs, cushions with textures and even artwork.

2. Bold and Dark

rustic coffee table in living room with dark blue feature wall and cream fabric sofa

There is something about a smaller living room that works really well with bolder darker colours. Darker greens and deep blues are a great combination with reclaimed wood furniture, helping to create a warm and welcoming space that invites you to relax. The key is to be subtle and not overdo things – less is more when it comes to dark shades and creating the perfect rustic living space. Use a splash of colour to create feature walls or with accessories, such as rugs, throws and cushions, as well as cosy lighting to create a rustic glow at night.

3. Natural colours and textures

rustic living room with modern wood panelling and cream armchair

Our final colour scheme, and one that works particularly well in a rustic living room, brings natural earthy colours together to complement the textures of rustic furniture. Colours that you should consider here include a range of browns and muted tones like sage green. These colours work wonderfully well with brown leather sofas and standalone pieces of furniture like a wooden side table and lamp combination. They also bring a fantastic contemporary contrast against natural exposed brick work and wood panelling – both raw or painted – to create a contemporary rustic look. Continue the natural theme throughout the room to create a cohesive rustic look with some well placed foliage; a plant or a stone vase of grasses would work really well.

Are you considering mixing up your colour scheme to fit around your rustic furniture? If so, what colours are you considering? Leave a comment below and share your ideas.

How can I make my bedroom look rustic?

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rustic bedroom with solid wood bed frame

When done well, there can be something very calming and restful about a rustic bedroom. Whether you live in a modern loft conversion apartment or a period property, the rustic look is easier to achieve than you might think. If you’re unsure as to how to create a room that emulates the rustic style, here are some pointers to get you started on your bedroom makeover.

Add some vintage and reclaimed pieces

When it comes to the rustic look, modern furniture just isn’t going to cut it. Shop around for some vintage pieces and consider adding reclaimed wood furniture. This type of furniture has authentic character and will add immediate charm to your bedroom. Consider the key pieces of bedroom furniture you need, a rustic bed, wooden chest of drawers and maybe even a wooden blanket box. Vintage accessories will also help to tie the rustic look together.

reclaimed solid wood bed frame

Consider your colour palette

Whilst dark and bold colours can work really well for the rustic look, these shades are usually more suited to the other rooms in your home such as the living room or dining room. When it comes to the bedroom, opt for a softer look by using neutral shades, or if you want to bring-in a colour, gentle pastels are a great addition. These shades work really well with the unique character of rustic bedroom furniture. Don’t just limit yourself to your walls with your colour scheme, though. Remember to think about the floor, coving and ceiling as well, for a completely cohesive look.

solid wood bed with pastel pink colours

Layer textures

Never underestimate the importance of textures when completing the look of your room. When they are layered, different textures can help to not only add an element of visual interest to your room but can also provide a cosier feel. Sometimes, opting for lighter colours in a room can make it seem a little cold and flat, but textures are the finishing touch that will bring the rustic look of your bedroom together. Think about using throws, cushions and even rugs to help add this texture, and remember, you don’t need to stick to just one texture. When it comes to layering consider a range of textures – natural fabrics, tactile textures, linen for the sheets rather than cotton – these small touches will make a big difference to the look of your room.

Think panelling

reclaimed wood bedroom furniture collection with dark painted panelled wall

Panelling, whether for a half wall or feature wall, is a great rustic feature that you can be easily added to your bedroom. The key, as with everything here, is not to overdo it. Just one wall of panelling can really alter the look of the room – fix a row of wooden pegs to the panelling and add another dimension to your décor.

Light and bright

One final thing to consider when creating your rustic bedroom look is to keep your room light and bright. A bedroom should be a calm and tranquil space, so don’t clutter it with lots of furniture. A small rustic bedside table, for example, will often work much better than something larger. Lightweight curtains are a great way of giving the room a brighter feel – and offer another texture. Lighting should be gentle rather than harsh, and bedside lamps are a much better way of achieving this than a single bright overhead light.

rustic wooden bed frame with modern hanging pendant lights

Hopefully, the tips above will help you create the rustic bedroom you’re dreaming of. Why not let us know how you’ve transformed your bedroom by bringing in a little rustic charm in the comment box below?

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