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There’s nothing like having a retreat in the countryside where you can escape for fresh air and wide-open spaces. For these types of properties, it’s always fun to embrace the rustic aesthetic and create a home that’s reminiscent of simpler times. Whether you have an antique farmhouse or a recently built getaway, here are several tips for creating the perfect ambience.

Reclaimed Materials
Salvaged items play a big role when it comes to decorating with rustic appeal. In particular, it’s quite common to find homes with reclaimed floors and ceiling beams that had a past life in a barn or mill. While it can be nice to purchase brand new materials, a few repurposed items add a sense of character to any home. Furthermore, when you can embrace signs of wear and tear, your living space will be low maintenance and only look better with age.

Natural Colors and Textures
Of course, an abundance of wood and stone are a hallmark of rustic design. When it comes to choosing your color palette, natural tones are usually the most common, but that doesn’t necessarily mean you have to stick to neutrals. For example, shades of powder blue, barn red and sage green can all lend just the right pop of color, while still maintaining a classic countryside feel. 

Embrace the Outdoors
Access to nature is perhaps the greatest benefit of having a home far from the city. To take full advantage of this, you’ll probably want to have multiple outdoor living spaces for relaxing, eating and playing outside. From a large yard where the family can run around to a covered porch for al fresco dining, there’s no need to feel cooped up inside. 

Keep Tech Discreet
Rustic design is somewhat at odds with smart home technology. However, homeowners who want the best of both worlds can discreetly incorporate smart features that blend right in, like thermostats and kitchen appliances, without compromising the aesthetic.