The rustic style has been around for centuries, and it's easy to see why this type of design appeals to so many people. With its natural materials, earthy colors, and rustic furniture pieces, rusticity evokes the simple pleasures in life that seem to have gotten lost in today's fast-paced world. If you're planning on renovating your home or even just looking for ways to spruce up your current space with rustic touches, then read on.

Wood Furniture :

The natural appearance of furniture made from wood is rustic through and through. Wood is a popular choice for rustic furniture because it's easy to work with, readily available, and gives off a natural vibe that complements rusticity perfectly. Also, the more distressed and weathered the surface appears, the more it fits in with the theme. Types of wood that work well with the rustic theme include:

·       Oak

·       Walnut

·       Elm


Prestige Arm Chair

dining set made by Heartland Heritage, one of our Amish furniture suppliers.



Check out our store's Amish collection, where each piece is handmade made from solid wood all the way through. You can't get more rustic than handmade.

Natural Fabrics:


Textiles are essential to rustic decor, as they can be used for everything from upholstering rustic furniture pieces and draping over windows to staining the walls. Natural fabrics (such as cotton, linen, or seagrass) work well with rusticity because of their earthy hues that evoke a sense of warmth. Our store has many customization options for the color and fabric of your choosing, so you can perfectly nail that rustic look and feel. Leathers in warm brown shades like mahogany and chestnut also fit right into rustic decor schemes.  

A stack of cozy throws from the Jacinta collection made from cotton/chenille with a handwoven fringe.

Earth Tones:

The rustic color palette consists of earthy hues that reflect nature's tranquil beauty. When decorating with rusticity in mind, it's best to stick with muted colors like earthen yellows and greens or deep browns for walls and upholstery pieces.

Larkinhurst Sofa

The weathered leather of this Larkinhurst sofa captures the rustic look.


Natural lighting is rusticity personified, so make sure your rustic decor scheme makes ample use of it. For instance, rustic home designs often have very few overhead lights and instead rely more on table lamps or floor lamps placed strategically around the room.

Briana Lantern

Briana Lantern by Signature Design by Ashley.

Rugged Look:

Rustic decor isn't rustic without a few rough edges and weathered surfaces, so consider adding in rustic elements such as distressed wood furniture or raw metal accessories to give your home that rugged look.



This side table you can order from us is a stump. There's nothing more rugged than that.


Rustic decor evokes a feeling of warmth and simplicity that is a reminder to slow down and enjoy the simpler things in life. As a call-back to the natural, decorating a rustic home connects us back to our roots, and is a great choice when designing your home.

Check out our selection of furniture at The Furniture Mall at our Topeka, Olathe, and Austin locations. 




Written by Emily Holleran