There may be many reasons why rustic home décor has surged in popularity in recent years. Some point to the pandemic as a catalyst, suggesting hybrid work schedules encourage the soothing effects of natural, authentic materials in today’s work-from-home world.
The editors of Houzz seem to agree, singling out rustic-style kitchens and living rooms among their top home design trends of 2023.
Many of us have an informal understanding of rustic. Perhaps it conjures images of rough-hewn wood and other natural elements informing a comforting, unpretentious look. Call it the triumph of the authentic, as nature is invited to calm the spirit with familiar, time-honored materials.
Rustic home décor is distinguished by several elements, which can also enhance farmhouse, Tuscan or coastal home styling: