Rustic Styles of Living Room Decor
By Sam Feeder
, last updated August 16, 2011
Rustic style usually entails a theme that harks back to old settlement or Wild West times. Materials were limited, people used things they found on the land and rooms were generally cozy and tight, so that everyone could gather together and stay warm in the winter.
While this interior decorating is usually most popular among ranch house owners or people who really do live out on the range, you can technically do it in any living room if you have the right colors and items to stock in the room.
Before even decorating the living room with furniture or other items, make sure the walls are painted with darker, more earthy tones, to reflect wood and mud walls that would have been present in the rustic environment you are trying to subtly reflect. Dark greens, warm and dark browns are pretty much the primary colors you should try and paint the walls, though sometimes a muddy yellow that reflects colors that are popular in Pueblo homes will work as well. This will act as a base for the rest of the room, especially when you move all the rest of your rustic furniture inside of it.
As rustic living rooms of yore relied on the land, there were often many items made from items to decorate the room itself. These range from animal heads on the walls to animal skins on the floor, their fur making a unique type of rug under you and your guest's feet. If this is a bit too graphic for you and the style of your living room, then just get some leather furniture in the room, like a couch or armchair, as these warm browns from the leather will continue this earthy theme in the room. Photos and painting so animals on the walls are also good to reflect this rustic animal theme, as are taxidermy animals, if you want something like that in the living room.
Antique Wooden Tables and Lamps
The smaller pieces of furniture in a living room should also reflect the rustic time period you are going for. So go to flea markets or antique stores alike and look for old wooden side tables or wagon wheel coffee tables that were made in that actual time period or are made from materials that existed in that time period. This will help to piece the room together between the color and larger pieces of furniture. Also look for rustic lighting fixtures and lamps. As lights didn't formally exist in the Wild West or pioneer times, you should just look for old fashioned, worn looking industrial lamps that can be used with modern electricity.
Rustic living rooms basically must have wooden floors to truly pull of this look, as a truly rustic living room would never have had carpet covering everything. So consider pulling up the carpet and just having wood in the living room, for a more authentic look. It will also be easier to clean in the future.