It seems like, the more time people spend in shiny, glitzy, brightly lit office buildings in the big city, the more they seek the comfort of the quiet countryside. This tends to lead, eventually, to wanting to decorate your home in a more rustic, old-fashioned, country decor in order to feel more relaxed and comfortable at home.
The great thing about DIY rustic decor is that there are really no rules and you can find thousands of items to use at second-hand shops, flea markets, and garage sales very inexpensively. Not only that, but, how ever you choose to cover your walls, floors and shelves will be unique and impossible to replicate. Here are some great tips to help get you started in making over your own house with rustic decor.
The basic idea of rustic decor is that it is a conglomeration of various items that either tell some kind of story or are somewhat related, that you’ve found or collected and then put on display. You may decide to go with old farm items like a few old tools, old plates, some rooster plaques, boards from old apple crates, and then some photos of barns, plowhorses, and antique tractors. This group of collectibles has a particular theme that would be possible to fulfill by visiting some antique shops, flea markets, or second-hand stores. Then the photos can be found and reproduced from those found online, converted to black and white, then put in rustic looking frames.
Don’t forget how easy it is to convert some types of things into useful products with just a little work on your part. You can, for instance, take an old kerosene lantern and install a lamp kit in order to turn it into an electric lamp for your end table. You can do the same thing with lots of old items and you can actually search for “DIY homemade rustic lamps” and you’ll find that there are millions of ideas that other people have had with images too. There are lamps made from old mason jars, wagon wheels, whiskey kegs, driftwood, and even a canoe. You’ll get tons of great ideas there.
Pinterest is a website where people can upload either their own photos or borrow other people’s photos and post them on their own page. Everyone can then search and see your photos or anyone else’s grouped by keyword search. There are absolutely millions of images on Pinterest that you can use to help start your search for DIY rustic decor ideas. Finding old barns, sheds, or garages that are going to be torn down is also a great place to find usable decorations. Especially if they have any old writing, painting, or advertising on them. Once they are hung on your wall, they’ll become a center of conversation for years to come.
Don’t overlook old cooking utensils that you might find at a garage sale either. There are lots of people that have kitchens full of quaint old pans, plates, knives, bowls, and even coffee grinders that have long been replaced by modern utensils.
If you’ve been hit by the rustic decor bug, you’re not alone. It’s a great way to decorate your home and it’s fun looking for new pieces that fit your theme. Almost everything is inexpensive compared to buying new products in the store and you can make some of your own by using conversion kits like the table lamp kit or hanging lamp kits as well.