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.