Rustic decor encompasses several different styles such as western, country, primitive and cottage. These decorating methods are rooted in a period of American history when people "made do," creating comfortable and personalised homes using their own creativity and whatever they had on hand. Rustic design features natural elements and materials with a dash of whimsy. If you want to add a rustic look to your surroundings, start with curtains---they can instantly change the look of a room.
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For rustic curtains and drapes choose fabrics and colours that complement the rustic style. With heavier drapery fabrics warm, earthy colours like red, green and gold are complementary choices; Americana prints featuring red, white and blue also work well with this decor Plaids, checks and stripes are all appropriate, as are solid-colour panels. Cafe curtains work well in rustic kitchens, particularly if they are made of a gingham check or a country print featuring fruits or farm animals. Sheer curtains or lace panels (white or ivory) are also suitable for the country look. Whatever draperies you choose, opt for a plain cut---nothing too frilly.
Blinds or Shutters
Wooden blinds or shutters look outstanding in a rustic room. If you have wooden walls, furniture or window trims, choose a wood tone that matches what's already in the room. Hang shutters to cover the bottom half of the window only, or let them overlap the glass from top to bottom. You can leave the wood natural or paint it to complement the rest of the decor---pine green, brick red or slate blue are all suitable colours. You can buy Venetian blinds with wooden slats, hang roll-up bamboo matchstick shades or choose woven shades that combine narrow wooden laths with fabric strips that match your colours.
Accessories are what really bring the rustic look to life and windows are no exception. Use a narrow branch in place of a curtain rod, or hang antlers from the top corners of the window and swag a length of fabric between the horns. Hang stained-glass panels or crystals in the windows to colour the sunlight and bounce rainbows on the walls. Use lace table runners hung sideways as a window topper and tie curtains back with twists of raffia or calico ribbon bows. Put a cluster of terra cotta pots filled with red geraniums on the windowsill then sit back and enjoy the view.
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