As the seasons change, there’s no better time to create your ideal rustic living room to help you get through the coldest of winter months. With so many options out there, here are our top 18 ways to revamp your space into a cosy winter cabin, with minimal effort required.
1. Natural Wooden Flooring
Put down that paintbrush and try staining natural wooden flooring instead, to give your room an authentic vibe. Pinewood flooring panels are a durable, affordable choice that add to the rustic feel of a living space.
2. Winter Colour Palettes
Rustic doesn’t have to mean dark- try neutral palettes of cream and grey to brighten your space, or add hints of sage green for an organic vibe. If you’re looking for a rustic wintry feel, go for deep browns and oranges.
3. Cosy Fireplaces
Nothing can beat an authentic, crackling fireplace to warm up a room both literally and aesthetically. Angle your furniture towards the fireplace and make it the focal point of your living space, instead of instinctively directing everything towards the television set.
4. Natural Fabrics
Natural fabrics such as hessian, linen and hemp are an easy and budget-friendly way to cosy-up your living space with minimal effort. Try textured sofa cushions or placemats for a subtle rustic touch.
5. Fresh Winter Flora
Let nature do the talking with seasonal greenery such as an aloe vera plant or a peace lily, as an easy way to breathe life into your space.
6. Rustic Furnishings
Choose practical furnishings with an added cosy vibe, like leather armchairs to curl up in with a hot chocolate, or coffee tables made from natural wood.
7. Exposed Brickwork
Try leaving the original brickwork of the living room walls exposed to showcase the house’s original beauty and create a rustic feel with minimal effort.
8. Velvet Textures
For a touch of rustic glam add accents of velvet in deep shades of grey or navy to stand out against the natural colour palette of the room. Try a velvet throw or rug to add an extra edge to your living space.
9. Cosy Views
If you’re lucky enough to live in the heart of the countryside, take advantage of your panoramic winter views with large windows and curtains that pin back. Make the most of the small amount of natural light winter offers, without the freezing temperatures.
10. Rustic Carpeting
Decorate the floor of your living space with cosy braided rugs, or try natural fibre carpeting from materials such as sisal for an understated yet chic rustic vibe.
11. Statement Decorations
Don’t be afraid to go bold, and pick a rustic statement piece as a focal point for the space, such as mounted moose antlers or an oversized vintage chandelier.
12. Rustic Framing
Framing mirrors and photographs with natural wood is an easy and sophisticated way to add rustic touches to your home without breaking the bank.
13. Wooden Bookshelves
There’s nothing cosier than being surrounded by all of your favourite books, and there’s no better way to showcase them than fitting your living room with the perfect antique wooden bookcase.
14. Contemporary Touches
Juxtapose rustic design elements with polished contemporary pieces to create a stunning blend of styles in one living space.
15. Landscape Scenery
When choosing art for the walls, try a wintry landscape scene to create a cosy backdrop for your living room, and make you glad to be indoors!
16. Antique Gems
Go bargain hunting and source some signature one-of-a-kind pieces you can display with pride, such as a beautiful antique trunk or walnut cabinetry for an authentic vintage vibe.
17. Exposed Beams
Try exposed natural wooden beams to create rustic country farmhouse vibes. Not only are they easy on the eye, but they accent the height of the ceiling, making the room seem bigger and brighter without increasing the floorplan.
18. Festive Accents
Don’t shy away from seasonal design and embrace the festivities with Christmas decorations inspired by nature- real fir trees make the perfect festive centrepiece for any rustic living room.