Traditionally, rustic furniture was made from whatever natural materials were in greatest supply. While this type of furniture may have a close association with the Great Depression, it has grown to incorporate various styles that reflect the personality of their maker. This includes decorations such as peeled bark, milk paint, silver or gold brushwork, and chip carving.
The roots of rustic furniture
Ralph Kylloe jokingly wrote that the first time rustic furniture was used in history was when someone decided to roll over a log and sit on it in front of the fireplace. The earliest tradition that mixes natural forms into their furniture is the Chinese. In fact, a man is seen sitting in a rustic chair in a scroll called ‘the Scholars of the Lui-Li Hall’. A New Book of Chinese Designs, published in England in 1754, shows sophisticated applications for rustic work in formal gardens.
Why opt for rustic furniture?
The inherent property of this style furniture is that it has an rough, almost unfinished look. The coarse outline of the furniture provides elegance to the room. This is the beauty.
Another added benefit is its longevity. When you invest in rustic furniture, you have furniture that is going to last a long time.
A final benefit is the fact that there are little to no associated management and maintenance costs with rustic furniture. If you want to make sure that it remains dust free, you simply wipe it a few times a month. There is no other maintenance necessary.
We could argue that rustic furniture is more popular than ever before. Because of the countless plastic and faux offerings, many customers prefer the authentic look and appreciate the ‘raw’ sense of style that it offers. In terms of its survival, this kind of furniture is truly strong and self-sufficient.