Design Challenge: Cozy + Rustic = Sophisticated
How do you balance cozy, rustic, and neutral—while still keeping your look sophisticated and fresh?
This was the design challenge posed by a recent customer from Norfolk, Mass. The family of three had just moved into a spacious, open concept home, complete with gleaming wood floors and smooth finishes on the walls.
From Concept to Creation – Design Services to the Rescue!
“My goal was to make this space warm and welcoming,” said Design Associate Loretta, whom they tapped as their in-home consultant (for the third time!). “I wanted to create a look that was comfortable for the whole family.”
It began with an idea board that outlined her vision and included graphical renderings of the space along with floor plans.
Ultimately, the design plan centered around four key components:
1. Rustic elements
Rustic furnishings can be seen in heavily distressed pieces like the Clifton accent chest, topped with neutral accessories like a wood tray, an off-white ceramic lamp, and wood framed wall decor. Tiny pops of color from pink flowers complement the blue/gray matte of the Clifton.
These rustic pieces worked well in creating a contrasting effect against a neutral color palette, which we’ll explore next.
The family loved the existing wall colors of their new home, as they were freshly painted and fit their style perfectly. Here, the two-tone of the Felicity Wine Cabinet is topped with a galvanized metal tray. Hanging above in perfect symmetry is a quartet of soft green fern prints, the ultimate in maximizing neutrals.
3. Open Concept
Since the goal was to make this house as warm and welcoming as possible, it made sense to take advantage of the natural flow of the home. The circular Normandy Dining Table adds a welcoming, casual vibe in the area extended from the kitchen. Plus, check out the neutral fabric of the diamond-back Regent chairs, and the distressing of the Medallion wall decor, which also added texture to the smooth backdrop.
Last but not least, texture! The Catalina collection, made of a handwoven abaca, can be seen from the dining room to the kitchen stools. These backless, light gray counter stools are set against the dark wood of the island. In the dining room, gray side chairs feature cream colored chair cushions.
The combination of cozy, rustic, and sophisticated ended up working for the whole family (and pets!)
And don’t forget, our Design Services staff are always here to help!