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One of the fastest ways to add a dose of interest to a home is to bring in some texture . Rustic furnishings do that with charm and style.

Rustic used to mean 'rickety and cheap', but rustic style is all grown up and now borders on sophisticated and trendy. Beautiful woods, polished logs, and twiggy charm has made rustic one of the most popular styles in the market today. Steven Spielberg has some. So does Sharon, Rick, and Rosanna. And even with all of that popularity and charm, it is, thankfully, one hot trend that is still easily affordable.

If you love the look of rustic furnishings, here are some tips on adding it to your own home.

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  • Since rustic furniture is extremely textural, add it in small amounts. An entire roomful may be too much to take in, while a few pieces allow each item to stand out and be a star. Add some bent willow chairs around an old oak table, or include a few pieces in a fireplace grouping.

  • Warm up rustic seating pieces with cushions and pillows. These will soften the chairs visually and provide an additional level of comfort. Fabric will also serve as a unifying element to tie in a rustic piece with other items already in the room.

  • Traditional formal designs can even be recreated in a rustic style. The unusual and beautiful willow canopy bed shown here, would feel at home in both contemporary and country interiors, thanks to its pleasing Chippendale style lattice work and clean lines. Notice how visually appealing the room is, even without additional color or patterned fabrics. This is the charm of rustic furniture.

  • Consider using rustic accent pieces such as tables, mirrors, coat trees, or other accessories in guestrooms and powder rooms. These smaller spaces can be theme-decorated in a rustic style around a few interesting items, without committing yourself to an entire houseful.

  • Rustic is great for outdoor spaces as well. Arbors, benches, trellis pieces, and chairs, look terrific surrounded by plants and gardens.

  • Porches, country kitchens, casual dining rooms, or covered patios might be just the right spot for a rustic dining table. It's the perfect backdrop for everything from a family meal to a Fourth of July picnic. Or, picture a cozy rustic Christmas dinner table set with a simple basket of evergreens in the center.

    You don't have to live in a cabin to enjoy rustic furnishings. They'll bring a homey flavor, charm, and appeal to interiors in city apartments and country homes alike.
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