On a recent visit to an Architectural Digest show at the A & D Building in Manhattan, I saw something fresh and exciting that’s trending… a style called Rustic Contemporary. Sometimes referred to as Modern Rustic, it combines rustic charm and warmth with modern amenities. Always with a nod to the past, Rustic Contemporary interiors feel honest and fresh. The style includes flat panel doors done in slightly rough finishes with organic, even repurposed, wood – juxtaposed with smooth contemporary surfaces such as granite and glass. To achieve simple lines with a mixture of interesting textures and materials involves skill and ingenuity.
As a designer who loves working with a Contemporary aesthetic, I was intrigued. And within two weeks of our return, I had two clients come into our showroom, requesting the style. Most unusual, for we’ve found that barely 10% of the rooms we design in the LehighValley are contemporary. We’ll post a photo of the Hickory whitewashed Rustic Contemporary kitchen that I’m currently putting into production when it’s completed. Meanwhile, here’s a handcrafted console that’s typical of the Rustic Contemporary design style.
Dan Lenner, CMKBD