Rustic decor is a simple yet elegant style that is refined but doesn't look overworked, stuffy, or stark. The most iconic features of rustic decorating are the use of natural materials and earthy colors. Furniture and architectural details are often unfinished and look like they were brought in from outside with little alteration.
By definition, rustic is "not urban," so rustic styles include a country farmhouse, mountain ski lodge, Tuscan villa, and French countryside. Rustic colors are deep and natural. The color palette swings heavily towards neutral, and rich earthy tones like greens, browns, and grays are common color choices. Combined with the right room elements, the room's vibe is warm, relaxed, and welcoming.
- Color Family: Earth tones
- Complementary Colors: They work with virtually all colors because they tend to be neutral
- Pairs Well With: Wood tones, stone hues, rust reds, metallic colors, and forest tones
- Mood: Comfortable and welcoming
- Where to Use: Works well in every room in the house
Here are the top ideas for the best rustic paint colors.
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Deep, warm red colors are the cornerstone of many rustic color palettes because of their versatility with warm and cool colors. Sherwin-Williams Rockwood Red has a strong presence and can stand up to the boldest architectural details and natural elements. This rich tone pairs well with concrete gray, copper, and gold.
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In the quest to find the perfect gold, Shelburne Buff makes a compelling statement with this buff tone that has a hint of gold. The gold is toned down, making it a popular neutral that works with a variety of styles. This paint color is part of Benjamin Moore's historic collection of classic, timeless tones that work virtually anywhere in the house.
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Sherwin-Williams' Warm Stone is a warm brown with just a hint of gray. A greige, deep or light, works well with natural stone. Most natural stones appear to have gray and brown woven naturally, so a deep greige like Warm Stone can easily pick up those colors. When it pairs with white and a lot of natural light, this deeper tone warms the room instead of darkening it.
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Not every color in your rustic palette needs to be deep and rich. A pale neutral, like Behr's Hazelnut Cream, creates a breathing space for your palette. Choose pale neutrals with a warm undertone to keep your colors working together beautifully. Hazelnut Cream is a warm off-white that looks gorgeous with rustic furniture and wood beams.
If you're thinking of painting a room on your own, you likely want to save money, so don't make the classic mistake of ordering too much paint. Generally, a gallon of paint covers 350 square feet; use a paint calculator to help you do the rest of the math.Continue to 5 of 7 below.
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Benjamin Moore Rainy Afternoon 1575
Not quite gray, not quite green, Benjamin Moore's Rainy Afternoon has just enough green to make it an excellent match with natural gray stone, but enough warmth to work with natural woods. The complex colors of Rainy Afternoon would be dramatic as an accent wall or front door.
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Sherwin-Williams' Antiquity is a fresh color from the HGTV Home Rustic Refined palette. While less traditional than most rustic paint colors, Antiquity can give your rustic room a contemporary spin. When you choose an unexpected or quirky color, be sure to pick it carefully with consideration of your other colors to give your room a pulled-together look. Some colors it works well with include cream, brown, and soft white.
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Yes, even violet is a color in the rustic color palette. Paired with deep wood tones and golds, a brooding color like Behr's Peruvian Violet can round out a rustic color palette with style. A smokey violet works well in a rustic room with romantic features, like a crystal chandelier, soft white slipcovers, or traditionally rough-hewn details.
To prepare a room for painting, clear the room as much as you can. If you can't move everything out, place the furniture in the middle of the room and cover it with a plastic sheet or canvas tarp to protect against paint droplets.