These rooms illustrate our favorite ways to add relaxed, rustic summer style. Read on to see how to easily incorporate the look into your space.
Bring the Outside In
Build an indoor tree house with a canopy bed made of branches. Or if a canopy’s not your thing, get a similar rustic feel with a bed frame made of logs. Keep the rest of the space simple with a striped wool blanket, a side table, and an oversize jug lamp.
Tip: Color is key when you use a large dark piece. Hits of white, red, blue, green, and yellow will add a cheerful tone.
Balance the Hard and the Soft
When using a number of wood pieces like these tables, be sure to complement the rough-hewn style with soft-textured items such as a rounded armchair and lots of plump pillows.
Tip: While we love to mix patterns, using multiples of the same print gives a relaxed room a welcome dash of sophistication.
Take a Cue from Camp
Long mess-hall tables work for a reason: They provide a wealth of seating space and are easy to move. Consider substituting a set of dining chairs with a pair of backless benches. Their narrow shape gives you more room to move around the kitchen.
Tip: Mix up your materials. A metal table blends nicely with rich, dark wood seating.
Deck the Hall Sparingly
Pare down to create the look of a rustic summer retreat. In a hall, a striped cotton rug is more seasonal than a heavy wool style, a woven armchair fills in for a more formal seat, and a bird illustration print is propped on the floor in lieu of a dramatic mirror.
Tip: Stick to a warm, limited palette (such as red and yellow) to keep the space serene.
Look to the Past
The surest way to get a lived-in look is to select pieces that you might find in your grandmother’s attic. A beautiful quilt, a wooden trunk, and an antique flag create a comfy guest bedroom.
Tip: The Stars and Stripes displayed over a bed makes a patriotic and dramatic headboard.
Pick Your Moments
If you have a small space, consider just one or two striking accents to obtain the right amount of rustic charm. Here, a hide-covered bench and arrow-accented wallpaper transport a small entry into the wild.
Tip: Balance a graphic backdrop such as this wallpaper with a somewhat muted accent such as a landscape oil painting.