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10 Ways to Elevate Rustic Decor

Aged materials, touches of nature, warm hues, and more ways to take rustic style to a new level

Jess Chamberlain
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Style Display

Create a shelf still life by artfully mingling books, small-scale framed art, and decorative objects like these vintage candle holders and ceramic pieces. Pro tip: Keep heavier items on lower shelves for visual balance.

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Leather Accents

  • ; from $379; acacia and leather

Nothing says rustic like materials that age. The woven leather seat of this bar stool by Ayush Kasliwal patinas over time.

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Copper Accessories

  • ; $40; powder-coated iron

Metallic colors like copper and gold add warmth and character to your tabletop. (We love the small touches of copper hardware, too.)

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Natural Splendor

Decorate for each season with nature's finest. In winter we love mi eucalyptus and olive branches for a mantel garland. (But anything from your backyard or local florist will do just was well.) Here, we strung pinecones on twine and made a wreath of shed dear antlers.

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Terra Cotta Wares

  • ; from $160

Consider ceramics for more than just the dining room table. These terra cotta clay lamp bases add warmth and rustic style to any room.

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All the Woods

Like varying hues of a color palette, multiple wood grains in the same space can work beautifully together. Here, clean lines of wood-paneled walls and cabinetry serve as backdrop for the live-edge dining table.

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Bathroom Boost

  • ; $128; mahogany

Like live-edge wood cutting boards add character to the kitchen, this live-edge wood bath caddy adds intrigue to the bathroom. This piece is handcrafted in Bali using age-old carving techniques.

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Woven Utility

Storage doesn't need to be behind closed doors when you have beautiful hand-woven baskets to keep necessities out in the open—and within arm's reach.

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Attention to Detail

  • ; $10 each; wood and iron

Even modern homes can take on a rustic look with simple change-outs in hardware. These knobs by fourth-generation maker Aron Fischer pair wood with iron making a pull a work of art.

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Into the Woods

The ultimate in rustic style is a cabin in the woods. We love this makeover in Southern California that turned a rundown 1963 A-frame into a weekend retreat of dreams.

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