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5 inspirational ideas for a rustic themed living room

by LaurettaCWright
Rustic themed living room

These days, many people prefer to create living spaces with a contemporary look. But, did you know that the rustic log cabin look is making a comeback?  And it's not just in homes located in the country! If it's a style you're hankering after for your living room, follow these top inspirational ideas to get the look spot on…

  1. White walls
    The beauty of painting your living room walls white is they offer you a blank canvas. That means you can go for any rustic style, and your walls will still match. There's also the bonus of white walls making smaller rooms appear bigger than they are! To add a bit more depth, consider hanging fabrics (such as rugs) on the wall to add to the cosiness feel.
  1. Bare floorboards
    Do you have carpet in your living room? If so, one of the ways to go down the rustic route is to rip it out. You can then sand it down and stain it for added protection and design. Again, you can always make a focal point of one part of the floor with a rug.
  1. Ceiling beams
    If you're lucky enough to have beams in the ceiling these need showing off – don't hide them away by plasterboard. As with your floorboards, you can sand them down and stain them. They will also help break up the whiteness of the ceiling too.
  1. Oak furniture
    If you want to achieve the rustic look in your living room, forget about a trip to IKEA. Instead, concentrate on adding solid oak furniture. Doing so will make your living room more pleasing to the eye and authentic. There's some great deals to be had online so it doesn't necessarily have to cost you an arm and a leg.
  1. Log burner
    No rustic themed living room is complete without a log burner, but you'll probably need some experts to install it for you. They will also need to check your chimney is in good shape too. Once you've got a log burner, you can amass a collection of high-quality logs to use in the winter months!

 

Infographic by Certainly Wood Kiln Dried Logs

24 comments

Emily Leary 30th December 2017 - 6:15 pm

This is a really lovely look. We still rent at the moment so don’t get much choice about the walls, beams etc, but maybe one day!

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LaurettaCWright 31st December 2017 - 9:15 am

Good point Emily – in fact, an article about what you can do to change a rented room/house might be a great idea – thanks for the inspiration! 🙂

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Tanya 29th December 2017 - 10:35 pm

I’d absolutely love a log burner, they always make everything look that little more cosy and I’m really loving the look of white rooms at the moment

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LaurettaCWright 31st December 2017 - 9:15 am

Yes, you’re right Tanya – white rooms accessorised well can look great – and they’re so easy to change as well!

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Laura H 28th December 2017 - 10:32 pm

I really want a fireplace to read by in the winter! That would be so cosy 🙂

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LaurettaCWright 29th December 2017 - 11:31 pm

I could do with a fireplace too about now! It’s freezing weather at the mo!

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Sarah Bailey 28th December 2017 - 4:24 pm

Now I would absolutely love a log burner in my front room, it used to have a fire but it’s been all ripped out and and electric one covers the hole that’s left and if we didn’t rent I think I would probably try and turn it back.

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LaurettaCWright 28th December 2017 - 6:14 pm

I like the idea of a log burner too – in every room!

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kirsty 28th December 2017 - 2:15 pm

I love the sound of a log burner, it feels so cosy and warm. Oak furniture it amazing to have as well and always looks lovely for the rustic look

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LaurettaCWright 28th December 2017 - 6:16 pm

Thanks Kirsty – you’re not wrong there!

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Kristina Maggiora 28th December 2017 - 9:52 am

I would love a log burner in my house!! 🙂 I would make it feel so cosy x

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LaurettaCWright 7th January 2018 - 11:38 pm

I’ve heard they are quite expensive though Kristina, so if you were looking at them – I’d consider shopping around to get the best value.

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Elizabeth 28th December 2017 - 7:06 am

I do love a rustic home. We have bare floorboards in our living room with a Persian rug thrown over the top. Love it. 🙂
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LaurettaCWright 28th December 2017 - 7:50 am

Ooh your place sounds lovely – with a very relaxed vibe…

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Yeah Lifestyle 27th December 2017 - 8:36 pm

These are fabulous ideas, our favourite would have to be the oak furniture with white walls.

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LaurettaCWright 28th December 2017 - 7:55 am

Nice choice! It’s a great contrast isn’t it?

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Hannah 27th December 2017 - 6:55 pm

Id love a living room like this as it feels all nice and cozy

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LaurettaCWright 28th December 2017 - 7:57 am

It certainly has a winter feel about it – I can imagine cosying up with a book and a cuppa and feeling toasty!

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Vicky 27th December 2017 - 6:49 pm

I can’t wait for when kids are no longer at home so I can redecorate. Bare floorboards is the only thing we’ve ticked off this list hahaha

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LaurettaCWright 28th December 2017 - 8:00 am

Good idea to wait! In the meantime, leather sofas and satin paint are usually good if you’re a family! Easy to get marks off!

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Charli 27th December 2017 - 5:41 pm

Love the idea of hanging rugs on white walls to add a bit of texture. I think it would make my shabby old cottage far too dark though.

C x

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LaurettaCWright 28th December 2017 - 7:58 am

You’re right Charli – darker colours on walls will make your rooms feel smaller… you could always go for textured wallpaper even though this is a bit more expensive…

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Mia Adela 24th May 2017 - 3:43 am

I love the ideas, and believe that it is a blend of charmant and cozy. Lovely! Thanks for sharing the “Competitor Wood Analysis”. Such a great table to look onto.

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LaurettaCWright 28th December 2017 - 7:57 am

Thanks Mia!

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