If you’re looking for ways to add some style to your patio, porch, or backyard, you may already have some ideas. A rustic theme is one that never goes out of style, which is probably why it’s a popular choice among homeowners.
Any type of home improvement (indoor OR outdoor) can seem a little overwhelming at first, even if you have a good idea about what you want. But it doesn’t have to be overwhelming at all!
Here are some ways to bring your vision to life and start enjoying your outdoor space to its fullest!
In addition to being a timeless type of decor, rustic theme living spaces, indoor and outdoor, are popular for a variety of reasons.
For one, rustic is an inviting style. It’s classy without being expensive. It uses earthy materials like wood, leather, and metal, giving it a very organic feel.
But mostly, people seem to gravitate toward a rustic theme because of the endless possibilities within it. One person’s rustic is not necessarily another’s. This versatility is what makes it work so well for so many people.
Before you get started on your own patio makeover, keep a few things in mind.
As with any home design project, choosing a few simple items to build around can help you get a handle on the look you’re going for.
A furniture set can determine the overall tone for the rustic theme you are creating. It can also be the centerpiece around which your outdoor space evolves.
Since having a functional outdoor living area is all about, well, living, choose furniture pieces that you’ll actually use and enjoy.
Even if you’re working with a small space, there is furniture that can accentuate the area and become the focal point. It’s not how much furniture you have, it’s whether or not the furniture works where you place it.
A couple of chairs may be all you need, or you may need additional pieces. Take some measurements and make sure you’re not crowding your patio or porch with too many objects.
Accessorize as Needed
Once you have your “signature” pieces in place, you can then begin to build upon that.
Adding some planters for flowers or herbs can give some beautiful aesthetics and can also be functional depending on what you plant.
Make sure whatever you’re planting can handle the light it will be getting (or not getting). If you’re wanting to add more color to your rustic theme, painting the ceiling of your porch or adding colorful pillows to your chairs will give just the right “pop” of vibrancy.
Other ways to add some color:
- Flower pots
- Decorative walkway or wall tiles
- Outdoor rugs
Have fun with accessories and let your personality shine through!
Rustic Theme on a Budget
Creating the rustic themed outdoor space of your dreams doesn’t have to cost a fortune. While investing in some good furniture is definitely recommended (more on that in a moment), the overall look you want can be quite affordable.
Rustic is all about repurposing. Looking for used items to display will accentuate your theme and blend well even if it’s a hodgepodge of selections.
Here are a few ideas:
Pallet repurposing is all the rage right now, and for good reason: the possibilities are nearly endless! Painting or staining pallets and using them as planters or display pieces is a very inexpensive way to put a unique touch on your outdoor space.
Wall decor isn’t just for inside your home! Visit some local flea markets and garage sales and look for items that could be used on outdoor walls.
Even old wooden or metal frames by themselves can become a statement piece.
Fireplaces or fire pits
Nothing screams “rustic theme” more than an outdoor fireplace. If you can’t afford to have one built, look for a used one. You may even have the materials on hand to build your own.
Chimeneas are another alternative to a fireplace and can be easily moved from one spot to another.
Cafe lighting or even white outdoor Christmas lights can add a classy touch to your patio and are usually easy to find as well as cheap!
You don’t have to overdo with lighting, one strand may be all you need to set just the right mood and ambiance for your outdoor oasis.
Chances are, if you are trying to decorate your patio or porch with a rustic theme in mind, you probably care about recycling. Most, if not all rustic material is appealing simply because it is being repurposed in some way.
Choosing repurposed items and/or materials prevent waste. Keep this in mind as you choose the materials for your pillows, rugs, and decor. Even outdoor lights can be solar powered.
Going green for your rustic theme can be both beautiful and environmentally friendly.
You can also use the same “green” way of thinking when it comes to deciding on your outdoor furniture.
These Adirondack chairs are made exclusively out of Western Red Cedar. These pieces are a beautiful addition to any outdoor living space whether you’re using a rustic theme or not.
Our cedar is considered one of the best materials to use for outdoor furniture because of its low moisture content. It is kiln dried and, for this reason, less likely to crack, or crack as much as much as non-kiln dried wood.
Furniture, indoor or outdoor, is an investment. By picking materials that last and age well, you’re saving yourself money in the long run.
Creating a relaxing, inviting outdoor space should not begin by being stressful. Take the time to envision the kind of area you want and then begin to piece it together using some of the suggestions made here.
Going with a rustic theme for your porch, patio or backyard will give you many opportunities to express your personality throughout your design. Contact us today about getting your project started.