If you want to give your home a charming, rustic look, reminiscent of a country cottage or log cabin, start with your walls. While old-fashioned rocking chairs and tables made of gnarled wood left unfinished can help create a rustic look, such things can get pricey, whereas paint is relatively inexpensive and requires little more than some time and energy on your part.
Faux Textured Walls
Paint can be used to create the illusion of texture on your walls. Choose a shade that brings out the color of wood flooring, such as mustard yellow or dark rose. Then select a similar color to the first, but in a slightly lighter or darker hue. Roll on one color on your walls. After that dries, use a sponge or rag to apply the second color. Simply dip the rag lightly in the paint and "scrub" it on. Don't worry about covering every inch of the walls; the idea is to let the first paint color show through intermittently.
Take inspiration from an old wooden cottage with washed-out colors made from natural dyes. Choose a faded white or faded green, or go for an antique blue and white combination. Create an old, worn-out look by giving your walls a coat of blue paint, letting it dry, then adding a second coat. Before that coat dries, softly scrub your walls in an up and down motion with a gentle cloth dipped lightly in the white color. The resulting appearance is a blue color that time has faded away in places.
Dark, brick reds and other warm earth tones can give your room a rustic feel. If you feel adventurous, use painter's tape to create the appearance of a brick wall. Simply tape off brick-sized squares and apply paint with a sponge. However, avoid fire-engine reds. Dark beiges and browns also create a warm, homey feel. Make sure your walls complement other colors in the room as well as any adjoining rooms. Wall borders and stencils in a rustic motif can also add visual interest.
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