Rustic Vogue Look For Less

Minimalism is far from over, but it’s being challenged. In particular, it’s up against strong competition from the rustic vogue trend. This is predicted to be huge for 2020 as people crave warmth, comfort and a touch of nostalgia. Here’s how to get the look for less.

The basics of rustic vogue

Rustic vogue is basically a step forward from the much-loved cottage core style. Like cottage core, it emphasizes heritage and vintage alongside natural materials. The main colour palette is usually muted. That said, there’s always lots of scope for ginghams, checks, florals and even metals. Ideally, there should also be a liberal dose of quirk and whimsy.

The big difference between rustic vogue and cottage core is that rustic vogue aims to balance traditional and modern elements. This means that it’s often a better choice for more modern spaces. It can also be much easier to put together on a tight budget. Here are some tips.

Set the basic scene with paint

If you think a paint colour qualifies as rustic, then it probably qualifies as rustic vogue. In practical terms, your best options are typically warmer whites through to creamy yellows, greens and pinks. Blue can work, but you need to be careful with it. Go too strong and you could end up creating a coastal look rather than a rustic vogue one.

Highlight natural wood

Nothing says rustic quite like wood. Buying high-quality wooden items can get expensive. Fortunately, there are usually plenty of ways to get quality on a budget. The most obvious is to see if you’re already making the most of what you have. For example, if you’ve painted over natural wood, then now might be the time to uncover it. You can always paint it back again later.

You could look for wooden items to upcycle. If you do, then think about oiling or staining them rather than painting them. You could go to your local timber merchants and pick up some nice lumber to use as you please. Last but definitely not least, you could just scan your local marketplace listings and see if you get lucky.

Pull in the plants

Plants and creativity can take your rustic vogue look to a new level without breaking the bank. If you already have a collection of houseplants, then have a look at their planters. If they’re a bit too modern for the rustic vintage look, then try softening them slightly. Probably the easiest way to do this is to glue twine around the planter. If you’re up for more of a challenge, try macrame.

On the other hand, if you think you’re going too heavy on the vintage side of rustic vogue, then give your planters a forward-facing refresh. There are all kinds of ways to do this. Spray paint is probably the easiest option. You could also try glueing on embellishments.

If you’re not confident looking after real plants, then go for dried or faux. Just arranging some winter twigs in a vase (or jar) can give you that natural touch rustic vogue needs. Alternatively, see if you can find reduced-price greetings cards with pictures of plants on them.

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