Here are some buzz terms in interior design over the last few years: modern rustic, the new trad, Scandi rustic, warm Nordic; surely you’ve heard of them. Irish and international interiors and decor magazines abound in pictures of traditional-style woollen furnishings, artisan wood creations and back-to-basics pottery. This style is the epitomy of natural simplicity and casual elegance, combining traditional-style comfort wares and modern living staples.
Come autumn, everyone is looking to cosy up and embrace rustic charm and warmth. But how do you combine those with your modern amenities and contemporary interiors? I love character and personality in a modern home, so here’s a few ideas and products to make the best of this look.
My take on it is warm Nordic and Scandi chic with Irish artisan wood, a little bit of vintage industrial vibe, a hint of Japanese wabi sabi simplicity, and a touch of French rustic. Enjoy and let me know what you think.
Soft furnishings are really important if you are going for this look. Source and layer textiles starting with a background a palette of grey, mink, camel for your larger upholstery items, and stronger, richer colours for your decorative wares, such as cushions and throws.
Metallic touches in warm copper and brass tones, as well as rustic aged iron are durable, timeless and go with everything.
In terms of home decor display pieces and accessories – try a combination of dark decorative pottery, oversized glass containers or vases and some boho-rustic storage.
To create a comfy but calming feel with your furniture, you can’t go wrong with a mix of modern rustic and vintage industrial pieces.
For an inviting, warm kitchen itchen, think perfectly-shaped pottery, natural wood, lovely oven dishes for comfort food and copper kitcheware.
For more inspiration, read The Natural Home | Creative interiors inspired by the beauty of the natural world by Hans Blomquist and THE KINFOLK HOME | INTERIORS FOR SLOW LIVING by author Nathan William.
If you are looking for an even more traditional look, this was one of my favourite articles to write
for IMAGE Interiors & Living: TRAD STYLE.