You probably wouldn't think of a book as a rustic decorating accessory, and yet in an age where most of our information is beamed at us through technological outlets, the book is actually a very rustic from of media.
In one way, the advent of new technologies has lessened the relevance of the book. People are buying fewer, and are doing a lot more of their reading online. However on the other hand, this rush of new fangled technologies has actually increased the respectability of a book. That is because the other technologies are too easy; anyone can create a website and spew any nonsense that their mind can conjure out into the world. However a book requires an editor, and a printer, and book binders, and distributors. The story written in a book touches many lives before it is ever actually sold. Because of this, the messages found in books are trusted more, and thus the prestige of the book is increased.
When laying out a rustic cabin décor, a series of well placed books can elevate the sophistication of the setting, without detracting from its traditional beauty. A small, simple wooden shelf, set over a fireplace, or in an unused corner, can actually make a space feel more homey and comfortable. There is something about books that just makes you think of curling up by a warm fire and reading all night long.
The subject of the books that you display will also make a difference.
Putting out a Hollywood Insider gossip magazine would be rather out of place in a rustic setting, whereas a guide to fishing and boating could be a welcome addition to a rustic living room coffee table. Other topics that would work well within the space include classic adventure tales, books of maps, hunting, building, or how to guides on a variety of mechanical and hardware related subjects, as well as anything having to do with the outdoors.
A rustic library décor is another interesting element that can add style to a home. Consider the personal study of an African explorer on safari. Maps, globes, and charts fill the space, there are big dusty old tomes of lore and craft everywhere, and the overall theme is one of adventure and self reliance.
That is what a lot of rustic book decorating is all about. Your rustic décor says something about your rugged sensibilities, and your love of the real world. The subject of the books which you display should match these sensibilities, in order to bring the decorative nature of the space full circle.
This article was provided by PebbleZ's line of rustic wall clocks and home furnishings, and was written by Joey Pebble, a stone artist and designer that works closely with this company.
Thank you Joey for yet another informative article for our rustic cabin decorating site!
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