Rustic wall art is an important part of home decor and goes a long way to making your home feel more complete.
A bare wall is boring and uninteresting but if you add a bit of art to the mix, you’ll very quickly see how much character it adds by itself.
As with most other things related to decor though, the items you use greatly depend on the overall theme of your house.
For example, if you added modern art or other forms of contemporary decor to a country themed house, it would look extremely out of place. A rustic, almost old look, is more appropriate in such cases, which is exactly where this article comes in.
Today, we’ll take a look at a few of the best ways to snazz up your house with some rustic wall art that you can put up in absolutely no time!
Signage: Some writing on the wall
We’re shopping around specifically for old school rustic wall art. Nothing screams that style louder than some old-fashioned text on the wall.
It can be text on a blank canvas, mounted in a frame or individual letters themselves, but they can go a long way to making the area seem more personalized. What the sign actually says is up to you, of course. You can have one with “Kitchen” on it, or another with a quote from your famous writer.
If you’ve got an eye and possibly a hand for good handwriting, you might also want to consider a good ol’ chalkboard against a wall. You can use some spare rope to hang it from a nail higher up the wall.
If you choose the color for the frame just right, you can get a very authentic old feeling out of it too.
Shelves and books
A well-kept but yellowing book is a dead giveaway that it has aged gracefully and that its owners clearly care about their collection. That is why, having a bookshelf, at least a small one is probably a great idea. If you love reading, adding one of these has probably already crossed your mind.
Pick out a wooden shelf, preferably with metal reinforcements if your books are on the heavier side.
Then, keep some of your books on there and you’re done!
If you’ve got some that are frayed at the edges or are yellowing, consider keeping their page side pointing outwards.
A few tiny details like these are what really give you the rustic wall art feel.
Botany: plants and more plants!
Adding a potted plant on one of your shelves is a great way to add some greenery to your room. You could also go down the route of having small creepers that grow on your wall to give a truly lived-in look, giving you the perfect rustic wall art you’ve been looking for.
You could also go down the route of having small creepers that grow on your wall to give a truly lived-in look, giving you the perfect rustic wall art you’ve been looking for.
Finding plants that don’t require a ton of maintenance is probably your best bet since taking careful care of several plants all around the place can get a little tiresome if you don’t have a lot of time.
You won’t have this problem if you get artificial plants but they’re not always all that great because most people can tell the difference between the two, which takes away from the immersion a fair bit.
Artifacts of historical value
A few antiques on your wall makes your room a lot more distinctive. They truly are unique pieces of rustic wall art you can find. You can choose to have old medallions, shields, war memoirs, canvas prints, an essentially unlimited list of choices to choose from.
They truly are unique pieces of rustic wall art you can find. You can choose to have old medallions, shields, war memoirs, canvas prints, an essentially unlimited list of choices to choose from.
Hang one of these on your mantle or a shelf and they’ll grab the attention of your visitors and guests. You can use this to your advantage, as talking about the backstory of your decor makes for some interesting conversations.
Not a lot of people have analog clocks in their homes anymore. Some people migrated to using digital clocks and others simply rely on their phones to tell the time. But having a big clock on the wall is a centerpiece to the country feel and is one of the hallmarks of rustic wall art.
You could also choose to have several smaller clocks but having one bigger one works best.
Mugs on the wall
If you’ve already got a bar counter somewhere in your home, getting a rack of mugs on the wall is a no-brainer. Even if you don’t, having mugs on your wall is cool and adds a splash of color to an otherwise monochrome wall. If you think this doesn’t feel like rustic wall art, you can choose to get ones that are not very vibrant.
Plenty of people maintain mug collections and if you enjoy doing that too, why not show it off on your wall instead of making it a solo hobby?
Windows to nowhere
Add a vintage style window frame as a border for your other art, it really gives an old touch to your walls and is a unique twist to the rustic wall art idea. It is an unexpected addition but works really well.
You can choose to add anything we listed above as the focal point of your frame and they’ll all fit in great.
Not only do you get to showcase the best of your art, but also portray intricate architecture and design. You can also achieve a similar effect with doors, however, they tend to be larger than windows and don’t always provide the same flexibility.
Other rustic wall art accessories
The list of decorative items does not end. Small pieces of decor work great too! A fish hanging or car license plates, for example, are also old-time favorites and they both set a great country atmosphere.
Having wall hangings that fit in with your hobbies is the best way to approach this. If you want something simpler, you could even choose to use oil paintings in an old frame. That’s the advantage of having rustic wall art, it’s really easy to have a great looking room.
Outfitting your home with some rustic wall art goes a long way to complete a country feel.
Brick walls and accent lighting are a few cool ways to accent your decor and you should consider adding some to your home.
Getting your wall to look exactly as you want in your head is not a difficult task at all and can even be fun. It’s an extension of your style and perception and you should take full advantage of it.
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