Artisan. The collection of handcrafted furniture in mango wood made in India. It’s traditional parquetry is off-set by modern stainless steel. The unusual combination of detailed inlay mixed with the linear industrial design creates a stylish and versatile look.

The traditional/modern mix allows you to blur the lines between styles and is perfect for couples who have conflicting tastes in home interiors. No need to compromise and let one person win – when you both can!

We want to focus on sharing a guide to accompany your Artisan products with the inspiring combination of rustic and traditional style. And. As this is Lombok’s staple you can trust we have this down to a tee.

We have paired the subtle hues of the mango wood with plaster pinks, muted yellows and powder blue tones from Little Greene & Zoffany. Keeping summer in the back of our minds we’ve been enthused by the Tuscan look but moved into Autumn with warm colours and cool accents giving balance to our palette. Take the next four steps as the guide to planning your your rustic room.

Artisan Moodboard

Step 1: Design

We begin with layout and function first of all. When designing a new room in your home it’s very important to think function over form. A little interior design terminology there, but it’s key to follow this rule and easy to get carried away buying products because you love them. Just remember it can get cluttered, pretty quickly that way. Think in questions…What do I use this room for? What isn’t working with my current set up? If you’re listing what you would like functionally in this room, (whether it’s an extra reading light or two extra seats at the dinner table) then with those beautiful items you’ll have seen online or window shopping  you can either introduce them to the design or make a mental pile with an ‘I don’t need this’ label.

We simply love the Artisan dining table! And so coming up with a seating plan is fun, mixing stools, benches and chairs - a great way to get the rustic look and also practical because squeezing in guests around the table for dinner parties is no problem. So we have a starting point. Next you will need to think about the floors and walls; how brave will you be? 

Artisan Furniture

Step 2: Colour

When you work with several warm colours it is always suggested to bring in a cool colour to create a focal point. We found some striking ceramics by Royal Design which are the perfect accompaniment to this style. The various glazes applied create an imperfect effect which sits nicely with rustic features.

We also looked to Bert and May who supply a stunning range of terracotta tiles of varying colours with a worn finish, picking out beautiful tones of pinks, browns and yellows.

Colour Tip

Choosing the wall colour can be made easy by getting hold of some samples of the materials used for your furniture and flooring. Then cut out paint colours from the swatch book. Pin all these down to a board and create a collage. Don’t use glue. Safety pins can work if you’re putting them on thin card or use pins on a cork board (real life Pinterest - more fun and tactile). Play around with combinations you like. Being bold with colour is something that we encourage, but if you feel the need to play it safe then perhaps try a darker shade or a brighter hue to slowly ease you into being confident with colour.

Colours for the Rustic Look

Step 3: Textures

For some reason, texture always seems to be an afterthought when it comes to interiors. We cannot stress enough how important it is. By using a combination of differing textures it will help you create a finished look. Texture is the thing that makes a room pop. It’s what brings a perfectly fine design up to desirable levels. Always consider how texture will elevate the overall experience of your design.

As the theory of using colour can affect how a space feels, texture works in a similar way. Rough textures are more likely to make a space feel intimate while smooth textures bring a sleeker more aloof tone to the room. It is important to find the right balance.

In this style guide we incorporated a mix of wood, leather, metal, ceramics and paper yarn. Much like the colour board we mentioned earlier you can do the same for texture and pull all of your samples together to feel several combinations and find out what you’re most comfortable with. Go as subtle or exaggerated as you wish and keep the colour palette you created in step two ensuring you have one accent colour to dot around the room. 

Plants are a great way of adding soft texture and simultaneously adds beautiful natural colours to your room. Consider some low maintenance ferns suitable for indoor use to add extra depth to your design.

So what’s left? The final element of your design is how to cleverly use lighting which is key to transform the space.

Step 4: Lighting

The lighting is essentially how you can change the mood of a room. It can also be used to make a room appear bigger in size if carefully thought out. Placement and type are important too, and be sure to think about your availability of natural light, room size, colour choice, furniture selection and in that order.

Let’s say you have a living room with a magnificent floor to ceiling window. Superb plentiful natural light won’t need a big number of spot lighting. Unwise lighting purchases can become a waste of money and electricity usually because it isn’t right for the room. Hallways are best lit with intermittent wall lights and accentuate the hallway length. Back to thinking in questions. How much light do I need in here?

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