How to Add Rustic Charm to Your Apartment

Bringing Rustic Home

Rustic charm is a decorating catchphrase that brings to mind relaxed, cozy surroundings that make you want to unwind after a long day. It’s a highly desirable look that can be hard to achieve. The trick is to create harmony throughout your space with cohesive elements. But what should those elements look like? Here are a few ideas to get your decorating juices flowing!


Natural Materials

Adding natural materials to your decorating repertoire is a sure way to achieve that rustic look. If you’re lucky, your space may already feature some natural materials, like the exposed beams and open staircases you can find at Muirwood Village. Wood is an easy material to bring into your decorations, but some more intriguing options are burlap, canvas, and stone. These are easy to incorporate into your lighting elements, shelving, and anything that uses fabric, like pillows and window treatments. 


Bring the Outside In

Part of what makes the rustic look charming is that it’s not overly fussy or embellished. That being said, you don’t want an empty room that looks sterile. To add some softness, try a few plants (fake or real). The key to selecting your plants is twofold. First, choose shades of green that are more subtle and soft. Second, choose your plant vessel carefully. It shouldn’t be too bright or intricate. Look for softer palettes and subtle patterns. This is another opportunity to bring in natural materials with a stone vase or burlap wrap at the base of the plant. 


Put the Stress on the Decorations

The only thing in your space that should be distressed is the decorations. A distressed look is super easy to achieve at home or to buy pre-done. If you’re looking to do it yourself, start with any basic piece, like a bookshelf or frame, and sand away some of the paint or lacquer in strategic places. You could also paint over the existing paint with crackle paint. You can go on a treasure hunt at some local antique or thrift shops. There are some one-of-a-kind pieces you can bring home that are naturally distressed and won’t need to be reworked. Again, keep your focus on a muted, relaxing color palette and incorporate natural elements when you can. 


Creative Storage

Part of going rustic is remembering when life was more simplistic and less complicated. A great way to hearken to those days of yore is to use glass canning jars or other glass containers to store some of the items you keep around the house. This is easiest to do in the kitchen or bathroom. In the kitchen, you can use jars for your flour, sugar, and dry pasta. In the bathroom, you can use jars with no lids to store essentials like bars of soap, toothbrushes, q-tips, etc. 


If you want to save time on creating your own rustic charm, consider Muirwood Village, apartments in Reynoldsburg, Ohio. Each floor plan is designed to give you a spacious home to live and create in. When you’re ready to discover our charms for yourself, you can reach us at: (614)-503-4076.

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