Article - furnishings
A Look at Rustic Home Furnishings
by Richard Romando
The word 'rustic' triggers an image of a rugged, bold, hearty personality. This applies to home furnishing and
furniture as well. One can find rustic furnishings in a country house, a hunting lodge or a cabin in the woods.
These are mostly handcrafted out of authentic materials like wood, cane, or wrought iron. Rustic furniture is
heavy, rugged and solid. Genuine rustic furniture is expensive because of the high price of such materials as hard
wood, plush cushioning and wrought iron.
Though rustic furnishings are commonly found in country homes or in the woods, some people consider them
fashionable even for their city dwellings, as they lend a country ambience, providing much-needed relief from the
hustle and bustle urban life.
But it is difficult to find rustic furniture in large cities where many companies have started manufacturing
furniture that resembles genuine rustic furniture. The pseudo-rustic furniture is often made of pressed wood and
Because of the high prices, many people prefer such furniture that is rustic looking, though it is not as sturdy
as the genuine rustic furniture made of solid wood and iron.
Because of their rugged, handcrafted style, rustic furniture gives a warm and comfortable feeling, even in an
urban dwelling. One can make a bedroom set attractive by having a solid pine bed frame and matching dresser
installed in it.
Similarly, a heavy wooden rocker with a country style-cushion can pep up any room. Even the bathroom can be
embellished with a wrought iron mirror frame, oak vanity set and a shower curtain with rustic themes.
There is a misconception that rustic furniture belongs outdoors. That may have been true 100 years ago, but it
rustic pieces have moved from the backyard to the parlour and even to the bedroom. Besides bringing people back to
nature, it's completely functional.