the other day i saw a link to this design test from another blog (i forget which one … sorry). i have always love personality tests. i was always amazed at how accurate the usually are. plus i always struggle on what i really like or what my ‘design style’ is since i really do like a bit of everything for different reasons.

anyway, here are my results – Rustic Revival. you may not care to read them (and that’s okay) but i must say it pretty much hit the nail on the head. The only addition or change i would make is i do like bright happy colors too.

maybe they’ll have to create a new category. Rustic Revival with a Splash of Color.

Anyway… check it out. it’s pretty cool.

and stop back and tell me what ‘you are’! i’m so interested to hear!

Rustic Revival

You can take kid out of the country but you can’t take the country out of the kid… or is your theme “you can take the kid out of the city, but you can’t take the city out of the kid?” Either way you play it, you are one of the unique individuals who loves a mix of modern and country. The clean lines of the modern softened by rustic /vintage elements is the perfect mix in your mind. And can we blame you? You’ve taken the best aspects of two popular designs and mixed them in a manner that appeals young and old alike. A subtle background of white or light colors provides a nice canvas for all the wonderful flea market, eBay or garage sale finds as well as the classic modern pieces that you love.

Materials:

The material palette for urban country runs the gamut because of the two extremes being mixed. On the countryside you see a lot of wood, woven rope, canvas and linen, rustic metals and wrought iron, cowhide and vintage leather. On the more modern side, you see acrylic, satin and polished nickel and chrome, glass, faux fur, refined leather, fiberglass and sleek woods. It’s the mixing of these elements that makes the style work so well. Seagrass and other natural woven materials are often used for floor coverings. Concrete and natural wood floors are very popular, and work really well together.

Colors:

When it comes to color, think light, casual and airy. White, pale gray or beige, khaki and sage; all of these colors make nice, subtle backdrops for Urban Country style. Think of the colors of natural linen, concrete, and if you’d like to go dark, use the dark brownish-black of iron or the deep burnt orange of rust. The key is to keep the spaces feeling open (go modern!) and yet warm (yay for rustic!), and by going light on the walls and major pieces and more color on the accents and accessories you can achieve this mix really well.

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  • Joanna at

    You must’ve known that I was trying to revamp my home. 🙂 I have a Zen Style, but I would like to add that I was surprised that I wasn’t more Cottage Chic…I absolutely love that style. I will say this, I do love earth tones!

    Zen Style
    Goodbye clutter, hello clean! However in Zen Style, unlike some other contemporary design, the consistent level of natural materials keep the spaces from feeling cold and sterile. Zen Style has a nice mix of rustic with chic so that there is an incredible level of ease and sophistication about the space. Plants and greenery are very important in helping achieve the warm and natural feel of the space. When at all possible, natural lighting is used in spaces to help create the openness in the space.

    Materials
    Natural materials with their calming effects, are very prominent. Indoor water features, natural tatami or sea grass floor coverings are often used on top of wood or natural stone flooring. Bamboo is very popular in its living and dried form, as are dark hardwoods. Floral arrangements are very common and orchids and bonsais are very popular for their simplicity and beauty. With Zen Style, you will often see very clean lined furniture paired with rustic and sometimes ornate antiques (or replicas). However, the key is minimalism so the more ornate pieces are tempered by the lack of nearby items.

    Colors
    When it comes to color, subtle is key. Shades of gray, brown, green and white are common because of their simplicity and calming nature. Color, or lack there of, is intended to highlight the openness of the space and simplicity of the design. Very often you see light fabric and upholstery paired next to dark hardwoods, and this subtle contrast is enough to provide interest while still remaining subtle.

    Space Planning
    When it comes to furniture arranging, less is more. And a lot less is even that much more! Think minimal and avoid clutter at all cost. Furniture pieces are usually clean-lined and many times are low to the ground. Intimate spaces are created with furniture groupings as well as carefully placed floor mats and area rugs. You will often see floor cushions for additional or even the main seating.

  • katie at

    fun quiz! i think i’ve seen it before, and tried to take it, but my computer fritzed out. this time, however, i was told i am “vintage modern”–surprise, surprise. =)

  • Ginger and Pickle at

    hiya! I LOVED that quiz – I was 100% french eclectic! makes perfect sense – I never knew what to call my self! ha! thanks for the link!

  • EntertainingMom at

    I’ve tagged you on my blog… think of it as a prequel to your guest post!

  • Barn Weddings at

    Nice place! The arrangement was just simple yet beautiful. 😀

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