Decorating in the rustic style is not always an easy task. Finding the right balance between many different elements with a great deal of character can be a daunting task. This article will give you a few pointers on some of the best ways to bring rustic charm to your home.

Add some character to your walls

A quick and easy way to add rustic style to your home is with some easy and affordable wall updates. Hand plastered walls are the perfect rustic accent and are not too difficult to recreate. Start by adding texture to your wall with pre-made texture compound, which is available in most large hardware stores. A multitude of tools can be used to apply texture to your walls but sponges, brushes, and trowels do the job just fine. Try your hand at adding texture on some scrap wood first before moving to the wall. Once you have your texture up, finish off with a nice coat of an earthy paint color and enjoy your new rustic look.

Revaluate the doors in your home.

Doors have character, and if you want your home to be rustic, you need doors that are as well. Rustic doors are made with rougher, more textured wood and often include metal accents. Clavos (decorative nails) are a wonderful accent on your entry doors that will set the stage for your home's look and feel. Don't forget the interior of your home, however, and consider installing mahogany interior doors in order to carry your theme throughout.

Choose rustic furniture

Rustic furniture comes in many styles, but the key here is to choose pieces that add texture and interest to your space. Whether log bed frames or distressed handmade tables are more your style, there is no lack of rustic furniture out there. A few staples that should be in any home with a rustic style are rocking chairs, wooden benches, and adirondack chairs for the porch. An antique country kitchen table makes the dinning room comfortable and a butcher-block will add extra workspace and rustic charm to your kitchen.

Rustic Home Accessories

The rustic home is all about comfort and worn charm. Quilts add warmth and style to any room, but work especially well on the back of the sofa or at the foot of the bed. A handmade quilt chest to store your quilts in over the summer is also a nice home accent. Handmade goods, like picture frames made from reclaimed wood, are becoming easier to come by and create a wonderful display when grouped together to display black and white family photos. Plants add color, fresh air, and a little of the outdoors to the interior of your home, bringing unity to your rustic style.