One of the newest trends in home decor is the apparently contradictory idea that rustic interior design can be contemporary. Although people usually associate rustic design with farmhouse plans and log cabins and contemporary design with modern, metal and glass construction, it is incorrect to believe that contemporary and rustic design elements can't be complementary. On the contrary, combining the two types of design elements can be a very creative way of decorating. Rustic touches work very well side-by-side with sleek, contemporary decor. The term “rustic” is not so much about an outdoorsy lifestyle as it is about trying to bring the elements of nature inside your home using a palette of warm and relaxing earth tones, and incorporating natural materials.

Combining contemporary and country home plans can mean combining rustic materials such as slate flooring, exposed ceiling beams, and kitchens with contemporary stainless steel appliances, plastic laminated cabinets, glass shelving and butcher block countertops. The final result is a contemporary kitchen which is serviceable and has a cozy, rustic feel. Contemporary design is about smooth surfaces such as glass and stainless steel, and the use of bold colors. Rustic decor is all about bringing a feeling of the outdoors inside, using earth tones, natural stone or wood surfaces, and wrought iron. Combining elements of both styles can produce an attractive and comfortable home which mixes the best of old and new under a single roof.

Country home house plans usually have wooden floors and furniture, and employ design materials such as leather and suede; pewter and other metals with a patina; wood floors and wooden furniture fashioned of branches and twigs; wrought iron and rusted metals; natural fabrics such as cotton, linen, hemp, wool, and the hides of animals; rocks and stones; and outdoor garden elements. Southwestern style architecture reflects native American, Spanish colonial, and Mexican influences featuring earthy colors and coarse surfaces, wrought iron, vibrant textiles, hand-crafted items, terracotta and painted stoneware. Hand-painted clay ceramic tiles are popular accents on walls, floors, and countertops. Southwestern color schemes include desert greens, clay reds, and dashes of yellow, orange, and turquoise. English country style architecture is heightened by subdued color schemes displaying vintage textiles, down-to-earth accessories, and simple furniture. The country color scheme highlights time-worn, muted tones; while the contemporary approach to country design lends itself to a richer and more colorful palette. Furnishings can include antiques and flea market finds of plain design. The fabrics used are often of white or cream color patterned with plaids, stripes, checks, or floral themes. Farmhouse style homes are vibrant and colorful, with fabrics and dinnerware featuring bright yellows, reds, blues, and golds, together with floral or simple patterns. The furniture is usually of wood and with simple decorative carvings. Dried flowers and other rustic floral elements provide homey accents. By choosing a scheme of decor which represents your own personal sense of style you can create a unique, comfortable home environment.

Source by Alice Lane