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What’s Rustic Furniture?

The word <em>rustic</em> is a lot like the word <em>vintage</em> in that what it means now is a lot broader than what it used to mean before marketers got hold of phrases like “rustic furniture” and started applying them willy-nilly to anything made of knotty pine.</br></br>So, let’s set the record straight on rustic furniture. That way, when you decide you want some you'll know how to find it.</br></br><strong>Defining Rustic Furniture</strong></br></br>It’s almost easier to define rustic furniture by what it <em>isn’t</em>. Contrary to what the name might suggest, it’s not necessarily old, or even old-looking. There is no such thing as authentic rustic furniture, because being antique is not a prerequisite. Rustic furniture is rough, natural and possessed of a pastoral quality, and is best imagined in a context where it will look most fitting: in a log cabin or country rambler, preferably with a horse on the front lawn.</br></br>Simplicity is also synonymous with rustic design. Precision joinery is not out of the question, but there’s a limit to how machined it’s going to look. Rustic furniture doesn’t have to be handmade, but it does have a handmade feel to it. Natural edges and a rough-hewn quality are usually part of the package.</br></br><strong>Rustic Furniture Materials</strong></br></br>Wood, wood and more wood – and maybe a little cast iron. By its nature, rustic furniture isn’t crafted in artificial materials. Copper, glass and other Old-World materials may come into the mix, but most furniture with a rustic look is made of wood.</br></br>Further, the wood used is often unfinished or meant to look that way. Or, it may be something that’s repurposed for furniture use. Think wagon wheels turned into <a title="Coffee Tables" href="http://www.atgstores.com/furniture/living-room-furniture/living-room-tables/coffee-tables/" target="_blank">coffee tables</a> and <a title="Chandeliers" href="http://www.atgstores.com/lighting/ceiling-lights/chandeliers/" target="_blank">chandeliers</a>, or barn doors turned into <a title="Dining Room Tables" href="http://www.atgstores.com/furniture/kitchen-dining-furniture/dining-tables/" target="_blank">dining room tables</a>.</br></br><strong>Rustic Furniture Use &amp; Style</strong></br></br>You don’t have to live out in the sticks to pull off rustic style. Like anything else, rustic furniture exists on a spectrum and you can go full Grizzly Adams or subtly hint at your hickory roots with a little splash of unfinished wood in an eclectic décor mix.</br></br>Either way, rustic furniture can be a great addition to any look that could use a little splash of something natural, rugged and real.
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