Contemporary Rustic Living Space

There are so many trends around at the moment, so many ways to bring colour and texture into your home, it can be confusing to know where to start. I know I’m drawn to all kinds of looks and find it hard to settle on just one when I’m choosing for my own home. Maybe that’s because of all the wonderful designs, pattern and print I see on a daily basis in my day job,  but if you love home interiors in the same way you might have the same problem.

One of the looks I do love, is that of leafy green walls. You may have seen my Wallpaper choice on Wednesday’s post, where again I found a bold, contemporary jungle print that feeds my love. So, today, I’ve been looking at how you can incorporate that pattern into you home, in any room really, with rustic furniture and contemporary accessories. Playing around with this pattern, creating moodboards like this, really helps visualise how you could make this work in your home.

Rustic oak moodboardWallpaper – Palm Jungle Cole and Son || Wall Art – Oliver Bonas || Chair – Swoon Editions || Rug – Cloudberry Living || Basket – Bloomingville at Quince || Pastel Vases – Mia Fleur

All of the oak furniture in the above moodboard is from Quercus Living and their Rustic Oak range. It’s solid, durable, warm and perfect to add some depth to a scheme like this. Whilst you might normally associate furniture like this with the country cottage look, I wanted to show how you can give it a contemporary twist. If you love pieces like this, and want some solid wood oak furniture but also crave some modern trends, this shows how you can mix and combine the two.

This range is beautiful, with pieces suitable for any room in your home, so it’s easy to get this look for the bedroom for example, just change up the pieces and add some bedside tables and chest of drawers. All pieces are unique too because of the subtle grain variations, adding texture to your scheme.

I think the days of sticking to one particular style are moving on, and it’s much more acceptable to put your own spin on decorating your home. Mix up trends and looks, bring them together and see how they work for you. I love how the wicker chair from Swoon Editions, particularly in green, continues the natural theme. The bold flash of pink in the rug stops the look from being to heavy and dull, and this is carried through into the Oliver Bonas wall art and Mia Fleur pastel vases.

You’ll also notice the black thread working its way through the pieces; on the picture frame, the light on the wallpaper and the Bloominville storage basket. Touches like this, again help the cohesion of the look, and prevent the room from feeling too disjointed. Even if all of the pieces seem to be from different looks and trends, a trick like this can help it all feel like it was meant to be together.

Now it’s quite a bold statement, and it won’t be for everyone, but I hope this shows how you can take some traditional, solid pieces like the furniture (which you may already own of course) and give them a contemporary twist. You don’t have to stick to a traditional decor style if you want to bring in a few changes; showcasing your personality in your choices is definitely how to do this. It’s your home after all.

Would you like to add a contemporary twist to your more traditional furniture?

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Jen Stanbrook
Jen Stanbrook

Jen is an interiors writer and blogger and has an insatiable love of home style and decor

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  1. Pamela | Life With Munchers
    March 11, 2016 / 8:38 pm

    We’re doing exactly this just now. We invested in a few solid oak pieces from John Lewis a few years back and I’m located if I’m turfing them out! We’ve instead paired eames chairs with our oak dining table and sold the high backed leather traditional chairs we had. What a difference. It goes well! x

    • Jen Stanbrook
      March 14, 2016 / 2:27 pm

      Great stuff, glad to hear you’re putting a personal spin on your home Pamela! x

  2. Hollie
    March 15, 2016 / 2:32 pm

    Thanks so much, Jen! Have a great week x

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