WINDOWS AND NATURAL LIGHT — To truly achieve this style, incorporate lots of natural light. Your windows should let in as much light as possible. Keep them clean; cut back on shady trees; and swap dark, heavy curtains for light window treatments. If you have an opportunity to resize or reconfigure your windows, consider floor-to-ceiling fixtures in living spaces and rows of window panes in the kitchen. This softens the barrier to the outdoors and maximizes natural light.
RECLAIMED WOOD — This is a staple feature of the style, and you can incorporate it in a number of ways. One popular installation is a beamed ceiling, constructed using reclaimed wood with its grain proudly exposed. Another great installation is a plank wall, which you can either leave raw or whitewash for the look of painted barn wood. Otherwise, you can use reclaimed wood in accent pieces such as tables and benches.
ANTIQUES — Sprinkle these sparingly and purposefully. This style leans toward minimalism, so you don’t want to litter your shelves and counters with memorabilia. Vintage light fixtures, such as wiry pendant lights with Edison bulbs, are a perfect choice for overhead lighting. Industrial stools, vintage signs, porcelain jugs and functional mason jars also make great accent pieces.
The increased demand for this style can be attributed to much more than aesthetic tastes. In today’s fast-paced culture, homeowners need their houses to be both an escape and a comfort. Clear, defined surfaces and neutral tones are calming. Familiar, earthy textures are grounding. And natural light allows us to connect to the outdoors as our busy lives keep us inside and away from nature. Now that you have the formula, you can make an in-home oasis that is uniquely yours.