What are the differences between rustic and farmhouse?

Hoxton Oak dining table and dining chairs in dining room with dresser

There are similarities between the rustic interior style and the farmhouse style. Add to this the differing opinions of designers, and you can be confused as to which style you are attempting to create in your home – is the rustic look or the farmhouse style?

The Rustic Style

Both the rustic and farmhouse style feature a lot of wood. It makes sense because wood is a natural material, in plentiful supply to those living the rustic or farmhouse lifestyle many years ago.
However, if you want to achieve the rustic look, these are the elements you need to ensure are part and parcel of your design;
• Rustic furniture tends to be ‘rougher’, retaining a more natural finish, almost half-finished if you like.
• Both styles enjoy the grain of the wood, its pitting and marks but the rustic style celebrates these with an increased volume.
• Key furniture such as a rustic table or rustic styled bed frame would be made from ‘knotty’ woods such as pine, alder and hickory
• Wood is left very much in its natural state but can also be ‘distressed’, ensuring that as a piece, it continue to tell its story. As a result, many bed frames, tables and the like are made from reclaimed wood such as a reclaimed wood rustic dining table.

• Joints in rustic styled pieces tend to be chunkier, but still finished to a high standard.
• The wood used is also chunkier, with thicker cuts used to crate bespoke rustic style pieces.
Colours tends to be strong and earthy – chocolate brown and rusty orange for example, with minimal contracts. Simple yet elegant, natural yet comfortable, there is a rough-diamond finesses to the rustic style.
Accessories reflect this too. Choose pieces created by local artisan crafters, with pottery and locally woven textiles perfect for finishing the scheme. Or, if you want something from further afield, the look and field of Indian artefacts and textiles can fit well in a rustic styled home.

The Farmhouse Look
The farmhouse look is equally as appealing and if there is one obvious difference, it is the subtle rounding and polishing of the finish of farmhouse furniture.
Both styles have a homely appeal, and feature solid wood furniture, where comfort and practicality are just as important as style and function.

The wood used in farmhouse dining tables and other furniture tends to have a ‘flower grain’, that is accentuated when stained.
There is a traditional appeal to the farmhouse look, with many farmhouse rooms featuring painted furniture. The designs tend to be more complex, with detail.
Although still solid in appeal, form and aesthetic, there is a delicacy to farmhouse furniture that is not present in rustic pieces, such as the finesse of the detail found in Hoxton Oak farmhouse table, available to view in our studio.

For colours, choose light, pretty tones such as light blue, neutral beige, or opt for the drama of cherry red with the appeal of sunrise yellow.
Accessories are stylish and functional, taking the best of not only local artisans, but national and global crafts too. Adding a hint of French style and interior design works well with the farmhouse style and appeal; the details found in French furniture work well in any room in the home, but especially in a farmhouse styled dining room.
This is our take on the differences between Rustic and Farmhouse styles, what do you think are the difference between these styles? We would love to hear from you!

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