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Rustic Decor in an Urban World
The world of the big city can often be a very unforgiving one. Stress is a way of life. Between the hustle and bustle of work and social engagements, not to mention such things as navigating busy streets jam packed with morning traffic or taking care of children, relaxation is rarely an option. And that is on a good day! While the causes of stress may be unavoidable in your life, this does not mean that there is nothing you can do to make your home environment more relaxing. In many cases, the perfect way to turn your stress-filled house (or apartment, whatever the case may be) into a relaxing place to call home is to simply employ a touch of rustic decor. The careful use of rustic decor can take what would normally be a harsh (or even simply a bit too hectic) environment and give it that warmth that makes people feel right at home.
The first thing you will need to do when you set out to redecorate your living space is to pick your battles. For instance, rustic decor may be your idea of an interior designing dream come true, but if you happen to have children, your teen-aged son's bedroom is probably not the best place to express your country style (at least not without his willing cooperation.) You may also want to start out small and work your way outward, particularly if you are not living alone, as this will give the people you live with enough time to get used to the look, rather than having their entire home suddenly taken over by a rustic theme. A bathroom or guest bedroom is the perfect place to begin your work in applying rustic decor. Particularly in the case of a bathroom, you will have a small space to work with which will give you a way to get your feet wet, so to speak, and get in a little practice at rustic design without having to worry about overwhelming yourself at first.
Furthermore, bathrooms and guest rooms are somewhat less important in the grand scheme of things than, say, a living room or master bedroom. This means that if your design does not turn out quite the way you had intended it to, you can take another crack at it without disrupting the lives of others. Rustic decor is all about the little touches. For instance, using natural wood molding rather than painted molding, and using earth-tone colors can go a long way to lending a room a warm feel. Even a few little accessories such as a potted plant here or a small embroidery piece with a simple message of welcome or a simple saying would be an excellent addition to your rustic decor. Anything that adds a natural look and makes the space inviting is sure to work well. Once you have your first room complete, you will have (hopefully) learned a little more about rustic design, and what aspects of rustic style suit you best. You should then be able to take what you have learned and expand to larger rooms! Copyright © Jared Winston, 2006. All Rights Reserved.
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