Nowadays, technology dominates almost every aspect of our daily lives. We sit in front of computer screens in offices all day and use the internet to shop, watch films and listen to music. There’s no doubt that technology brings many advantages. But it also means that many people are now suffering from a case of information overload. Some people feel that at the end of the day, they want to retreat into their homes and escape the beeping of mobiles and the flashing of computer screens. So, when it comes to home decor, many are opting to go back to basics, by focusing on creating rustic and traditional living spaces.
Our homes are our havens and should be the one place where we can escape from the pressures of daily life. But social media means that we’re connected to the rest of the world on a constant basis. Of course, we have the option to switch off our phones and hide the laptop away. But this isn’t always as easy as it sounds. It’s difficult to resist the urge to check our email or send a quick tweet when our phones are our constant companions. But by creating a more traditional living space, you are creating an environment that’s purpose built for relaxation and nothing more.
Wood-burning stoves went out of fashion for a little while, but they are currently enjoying a resurgence in popularity. There’s nothing that quite compares with coming home at the end of the day, and curling up in front of a real log fire. The flickering of the flames can have a somewhat hypnotic effect, which will help you to switch off after a hard day at work.
Many people are also opting for wood burners because of the heat that they produce. Radiators are great for warming the house up, but the heat they create is a dry heat. So, if you suffer from asthma or a skin condition such as psoriasis, this can aggravate the problem. But ultimately, I think their popularity is simply because a real fire can instantly create a cosy atmosphere and relaxing ambience.
In the past, before the advent of radio and television, it can be difficult to imagine what people did all day. Well, knitting and embroidery were just a couple of things that people did to pass the time. Now, you may not think that knitting a throw for your living space sounds particularly fun. But the fact is that the rhythmic motion of knitting is one of the most relaxing things you can do. It will keep your fingers busy, and help you to let go of the stresses and strains of the day. Plus, you can create some unique and stylish throws that will help to give your living space a traditional homely look and relaxed ambience.
Traditional Gas & Candlelight
Gas lamps are easy enough to get your hands on. You can find them online or at car boot sales, and they make a nice alternative to traditional lighting. Then during the summer, when you don’t need to light a fire, you can place candles in the stove and use that as the room’s focal point instead.
Distressed furniture has been on trend in the world of interior design for some time now, and that fact doesn’t look likely to be changing anytime soon. What’s handy about this trend is that you don’t have to fork out on new furniture. You can just update and make the best of what you already have. Old tables can be strategically sanded and scuffed to help to give them that rustic and distressed look. Equally, you can strip wooden furniture, and then use wax and steel wool to create a worn and character-filled look.
Natural Fabrics & Traditional Materials
If your budget allows, and you really want to go for it with the rustic look, it’s worth looking into getting some timber windows fitted. If you live in an old property, wooden frames will look so much more in keeping than a contemporary plastic design. If you also wanted to add just a touch of luxury to your living space, a sheepskin rug placed over your armchair or sofa will add some texture and create a feeling of opulence.
No rustic living space would be complete without a wicker basket or two. You can use one to keep firewood in, and the other to keep your knitting materials. This will help to add colour, interest and texture to the room. The idea is to create an atmosphere that will make you want to curl up with a bowl of veggie soup, or a hearty casserole, and just enjoy the peace and quiet.
Large Rustic Bookshelf
It’s time to throw away your Kindles and get back to basics because no traditional living space would be complete without a large rustic bookshelf. Just imagine being curled up on the sofa in front of a roaring fire, losing yourself in a good book. What could possibly be more relaxing than that?
Trinkets & Curiosities
To personalise your space, it’s important to add your own trinkets and keepsakes. This could be anything from a favourite ornament right through to a family photograph. If you don’t have anything that you think will fit, ask older family members if they have any interesting trinkets that they wouldn’t mind parting with. As with any type of interior design, it’s always essential that you put your own stamp on it to avoid winding up with a living space that looks the same as everyone else’s. Filling your room with a few keepsakes and curiosities also makes for great conversation starters when entertaining house guests.
Once you’ve finished giving your home a rustic makeover, you’ll find that you no longer keep reaching for your mobile phone. It’s about creating a space that’s free from the relentless pace of modern life and constant onslaught of digital distractions. So, that when you do go out into the world, you’re relaxed, refreshed and ready to deal with whatever it has to throw at you.