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Modern Meets Rustic

Rustic touches can soften your home while expressing your individual tastes. Recognising quality design can influence how you decorate your home.  Experiment with old and new furniture, it is all about the quality and design not fashion and trends.

Flooring is a key element in creating a home.  Choosing tiles for kitchen, bathroom and floors can be a difficult process, as knowing you will live with this decision for many years can be a daunting prospect.  Should you play safe and stay with neutral colours or be bold,  a risk taker, and inject colour into the design? For many years the neutrals have been the popular choice but the trend in 2017 is seeing colour tiles re-emerge as trend setters.

Terracotta tiles are making a welcome comeback with the wonderful warmth of orange tones, muted saffron and cinnamon for the ultimate rustic charm.  These tiles are ideal for high traffic areas but always check with your supplier as some tiles require a sealant. Terracotta tiles are all about the raw materials. The beautiful muted colours in terracotta can be enhanced by combining with soft tone walls and woodwork painted in a darker palette of greys.

Patterned floor tiles have become the new trend and are available in many colours; use them sparingly and blend with wood effect tiles or wooden floors. Pick tones to match your kitchen cupboards for a seamless effect, shades of blue are used to dramatic effect in a narrow kitchen.

Washed or distressed wood effect tiles will work in any space giving the appearance of wood with the practicality of tile.  Don’t confine them to floors, extend them up feature walls for added drama. This contemporary space is softened with faded pink detailing combined with wood effect tiles. Distressed wood patterns will blend with antique or contemporay furnishings and accessories.

For an interesting twist, combine concrete and pattern tiles with industrial style lighting and fittings. The muted tones of the tiles soften the concrete while remaining cutting edge design.

To add a rustic feel in a contemporary dining space, source a reconditioned table and pair with modern chairs or source antique industrial stools for your modern counter.

Antique, mid-century and retro furniture will add a dramatic edge to any contemporary home.  Keep a watchful eye in auction rooms and used furniture stores for such gems. Many of today’s top furniture  designers  have been influenced by designs of these periods. 

Some auction rooms find it difficult to sell larger pieces of antique furniture such as large armoires and cabinets. Look to at how these can be adapted to be used as fantastic storage units at little cost. Let your imagination run riot when choosing a colour.  The SIGNATURE Range from Dulux offers a fantastic choice for such projects.


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