Move over wabi-sabi: there’s a new interior design trend in town. Rustic luxury, or modern farmhouse, has been the term on everyone’s lips in 2022.
In fact, it could be seen as a direct progression of the Japanese concept of wabi-sabi – the acceptance of imperfection in nature. Where is imperfection more charming and enchanting than in a quintessentially English farmhouse?
Whether you live in a small city centre apartment or a large property in the middle of nowhere, you can introduce rustic luxury into your home.
Discover the key elements that make up this new interior design trend and how you can apply them to your space.
First and foremost, consider the architecture of your room. If you are lucky enough to have a period property, make the most of the original design features rather than hide them away.
For example, keep old fireplaces and arched doorways, and expose the timber beams in the ceiling. Also, consider your floor – natural wood is the best way to do the look, which you can cut and fit yourself using a mitre saw if you have the technical know-how.
A cheaper and harder-wearing alternative is to use look-alike vinyl flooring in a wood finish, or a tile in a terracotta colour to keep the warmth.
Offset the natural architecture of the room with the trendy modern industrial theme which is characterised by exposed brickwork, brass piping, and a monochrome colour scheme. A gloss black work surface and striking metal taps in the kitchen will juxtapose beautifully against the rest of the room.
When it comes to choosing the colour for your walls and furnishings, keep things neutral. Bright artificial colours like vibrant pink and blue will disrupt the overall look and take the theme in another direction, such as Mediterranean or vintage.
Think light walls and furniture in earth tones. You can still bring interest to the room by experimenting with texture.
Try using distressed fabrics for your sofa and chairs, or a statement piece in the form of a large woven rug that dominates the floor. Wicker furniture will work well as it correlates with the idea of using natural materials.
The modern theme of upcycling comes into its own with this trend. Old cabinets, bulky wardrobes, old-fashioned bathtubs with standing legs – all of these types of furnishings fit the farmhouse style perfectly and can be repurposed to give them a modern edge.
A simple way to do this is to brighten any pieces in a very dark wood by sanding down and staining. You could also consider using paint to add accents or patterns to elevate the old design.
These statement vintage pieces will look particularly good against an array of plants which solidifies the concept of bringing the outdoors inside.
With just a few changes, you can transform your home into a modern farmhouse that promises to feel at once cosy and cool, perfect for all seasons. Discover the joy of rustic luxury in 2023.