Sunday, June 25, 2017

It's Easy to Combine Rustic and Modern Decor - A Decorating Review You Can Try

Add a Brick Wall to Warm Up a Contemporary Space
It's not an exaggeration to say young people today tend to prefer a cleaner, slick, modern décor theme.

In fact, if you've recently visited renovated or new homes currently for sale, you've probably noticed that Staged homes are geared toward a contemporary look.

What about People who Prefer the Combination of Two Types of Decorating Schemes? Tying a Little Old with a Lot of New?

Let's take a look at the above featured photo as a how-to guideline for combining rustic with modern.

The obvious focal point and the one that adds the rustic aspect to the space is the brick-wall treatment. The exposed brick contributes an old world tradition to an otherwise modern youthful space.

With exposed brick, you're essentially decorating one (or two) walls to add a cozy, warm, inviting feeling to the space.

Contemporary décor, void of softer tones, texture and color, can come across as cold and uninviting. Texture is especially critical when you want to add warmth. With walls and floors being the two largest most impactful parts of a room, put-your-brave-on and go for it - add texture.

But Exposed Brick is Too Hard to Do Right?

Wrong. Most people avoid it because they're not ready to hire a craftsman to install the brick. However, if you're wearing-your-brave, take that leap, do it! The professional install will only add
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value (in most cases) to your home.

But guess what, you can DIY this project. That's right. Yes you can. Faux brick is something you can find and order online, and depending on the type of brick you choose, most go up with a peel and stick backing.

DIY faux brick walls are the easiest and least expensive way to add texture to your space. If you're too nervous to try a large wall, order just enough to do a small feature wall in your home. Once it's up, then decide if it's a look you're interested in pursuing further.

In terms of accents against an exposed brick wall, incorporate furniture with wood and rod iron. Rod iron in particular looks outstanding against exposed brick. Closely check the above photo and you'll see that the chairs have rod-iron legs on them.

Another point of interest in the above photo, is the mix of wood tones. Since the wood flooring, painted walls and kitchen area are completed in light colors within the same family and the exposed brick is in a darker shade in the tan/light brown family, the wood table set works perfectly.

So although you're looking at a space with white/grey/blonde wood floors and a darker wood table, it flows beautifully because the exposed brick wall ties the entire space together.

Give it a try!

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  1. I've always liked the look of brick. It's nice one can now get the look without hiring or being a bricklayer.

  2. We did faux brick in our old kitchen and painted it white and everyone thought it was real brick. Easy and charming. Love the look!

  3. I will have to share this with my kids. They just took over our house and need some decorating help. Like you stated, they are into the modern clean lines, but our house is old, so they will have to learn to "marry" the two styles. This sounds like a great way to do just that. Thanks for your great review Barbara!

    1. Grammie, the mix of the two styles, especially in an older home, can create a unique and outstanding design. Older homes with a cross between old and new are truly some of the nicest properties out there.

  4. An interesting concept I hadn't thought about before. Thanks for your decor suggestion combining a rustic look with modern decor.

    1. Pat, I know what you mean, we all tend to fallback to our more standard decorating choices. I know we're guilty of this too, but not on the next room we re-do - I'm stepping outside the box lol.

  5. This is most likely one of my next projects (real rock veneer wall with a linear gas fireplace). Love the look and really like an eclectic mix of old and new.

    1. That will look outstanding. My neighbor did something similar and my brother has a gorgeous wall like that in the house they just built.

  6. I had absolutely no idea that there was a way to add the look of brick for an accent wall! I have always thought that was just part of the way a house was either built or not. Pretty cool DIY project for sure!

    1. Cynthia, I think a lot of people believe that merely because it looks like it's part of the structure of a building.

  7. Our fireplace looks like your wall in the picture above and we love the look! When we decorated our house, I learned a lot about how texture can make all the difference in the world. This is a great way to use texture and get such a pretty look.

    1. Susan, that must look incredible. A featured stone wall (faux or real) can absolutely change the entire feel and mood of a room, and yep, textures are the way to enhance a space.


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