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With a nod toward Mother Nature, rustic style focuses on natural, rugged beauty. Emphasizing natural elements such as wood and stone, sturdy furnishings and an earth-inspired palette, rustic style is soothing and welcoming. You don’t have to have a cabin or a Craftsman style home to pull off the rustic look successfully. Even without heavy furniture or dark woods, you can give the ambiance of rustic style simply through your wall hues.  

While past incarnations of rustic style tended to lean toward a heavy look, the trend now is a look that is fresh, light and unpretentious. Don’t get hung up on your home’s current style. Choosing colors that reflect an earthy sensibility and charm can bring a rustic element to any home from contemporary to industrial to mid-century modern. If a down-to-earth aesthetic approach appeals to you, consider the following tips for designing a warm, friendly and inviting interior.

Nature’s Palette

While nature spans the rainbow in color options, including gorgeous vibrant hues such as canary yellow and hot pink, the typical rustic style is best implemented by selecting more muted natural tones. For example, a nice complement to rich mud-brown walls would be light, sand-colored blinds and pine green throw pillows — look for soothing colors. Have you ever wanted to live in an Arizona desert ranch home, or bask on the brick patio of a Tuscan villa? You can create that same aesthetic by selecting a palette featuring the colors of sandstone, Italian stucco and sun-baked adobe for your walls and ceiling.

Beautiful, Rich Color

When choosing your new interior paint colors, try to stay in the same saturation and intensity. Less really is more when it comes to pulling off this look. For inspiration for color choices from Sherwin Williams, try combining Majolica Green on an accent wall and Antiquity for the ceiling color. Or, go for a darker feel by matching Homestead brown with a deep pumpkin sofa, or Copen Blue walls with wheat-tinted draperies.

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Valspar offers a wealth of rustic-inspired tones to bring the outdoors inside. Try combining warm and cool colors for a visual pop. For example, Rustic Oak walls pairs naturally with robin’s egg blue furnishings, while Drizzling Mist will provide a soothing backdrop to buttery linens. For the most impact, try Hematite as a backdrop for your outdoorsy painting collection. For more traditional home styles, paint above and below a chair rail with complementary tones, or choose a brighter color to serve as the backdrop punch of color for rooms with a lot of wood and bookcases.

Rely On the Experts for a Rustic Look

If your dream home features a lot of outdoor inspired tones and you love the rustic look, it’s time to refresh your interior paint colors. For expert help selecting your paint hues, turn to the professionals at The Painting Company. You’ll get professional advice for paint selection while saving time and money, and preventing headaches. Call us today for more information about bringing the rustic design style into your home.