Rustic style with a shabby chic feel definitely has charm. Barns are an indispensable part of rustic life and today they are used not only for hay or animals, but also for houses, garden houses and other things. Every barn has that special feeling of comfort: warm wood with rusty influences creates cosiness and joy, regardless of the design. I think this is the main reason barn wood is so popular today, and of course the shabby chic style comes first. So worn barn wood is just the thing to add cozier to your interior.
You don’t have to look for real barn wood to make furniture or wall art. You can always take the usual wood and use some finishes to achieve this look. There are plenty of DIY enthusiasts out there explaining how to weather or weigh down the wood to get a barn-inspired look and I’ve prepared the easiest, most budget-friendly ideas for you. There are colors, surfaces and waxes that change the look of the wood and your choice depends only on the effect you want to achieve: dark wood, distressed, almost white wood, weathered wood or something else. Every project is about the same things: sanding and staining or painting then you can use a dust to add some effects or not. After the wood dries, you can use it to make a door, clock, table, chair, wall art, frame, and other things that come to mind. Read the tutorials below and choose the best option!
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Ceilings may not be the first thing you notice upon entering, but they really create an ambience and can make your space appear smaller or larger than it is. A room with a low ceiling usually feels uncomfortable. So if you don't have highs, why not create such an illusion?
Use shiny paint on the ceilings
It will reflect the light and the ceilings will appear higher. However, remember that the ceiling surface should be ideal.
Use glass walls or floor-to-ceiling windows
Glass, like shiny paint, has the property of reflecting things. Therefore a glass wall or a large window increases the feeling of space and provides natural daylight.
Paint the ceiling lighter as the walls
Lighter ceilings create an imposing effect and create the illusion of a large and bright room. A dark floor is also sufficient!
Hang your curtains close to the ceiling
Even if the windows are small, floor-to-ceiling curtains reveal great features of the room that you were not familiar with.
Avoid using pendant lights
Pendant lights are specially designed for high ceilings, mainly because they make the ceiling appear closer to the floor. If you have low ceilings, we recommend using in-wall lighting, although they may not be as alluring.
Decorate your walls with vertical strips
Vertical stripes visually enlarge any room, that's the effect they create. Look out for stylish striped wallpaper and enjoy the effect you get!