Warm Up Your Color Palette With Rust

A little red, a touch of orange and a dash of brown combine for the rich and rustic hue of rust. The autumn-inspired shade evokes images of falling leaves and bonfire nights, but warms your home's design all year long.

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October 10, 2018
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Timelessly Traditional

Floral wallpaper in shades of rust, brown and cream combine with beadboard walls for a classic dining room design. Cane-back chairs surround the farmhouse table, perfect for family and friend gatherings, while distressed elements, from the corbels to the chandelier, add rustic charm to the space.

In My Own Little Corner

Tone-on-tone neutral texture reigns supreme in this living room. Grasscloth covers the walls, tiny tactile prints play over the window treatments and even the lampshade has subtle thatching. A softer shade of rust takes space under the chair rail to ground the room and bring the eye down from the soaring vaulted ceiling overhead.

Go to the Deep End

Dark colors can seem down-right scary when you're about to paint entire walls. However, deep hues often enrich a space rather than close it in. There's no fear with these rust-colored walls, especially in a bedroom like this, where large windows and French doors bathe the space in natural light. Clean white trim also helps to brighten and contrast the wall color so that the overall effect is a warm, inviting home office-meets-bedroom.

Balancing Act

Complementary hues, blue and orange, always make for the perfect pairing. And not just in the primary color wheel shades. This bedroom retreat pairs soft blue bedding with just a dash of rust for a serene escape. Of course, the pale woods, four-poster bed and French doors opened to nature don't hurt.

Vividly Stylish

Say yes to a saturated color scheme. Deep wine walls are a rich backdrop to the rust velvet sofa and ottoman in this jewel-toned living room. Weathered gray floors and nubby rugs in the same shade complement and balance out the intense hues.

Toasty Hues Done Right

Shades of red, orange and the combo of the two, rust, create a harmonious analogous color palette to spice up this neutral living room. A mix of patterns and textures, from the ikat pillows and geometric rug to the sleek coffee table surface, create movement and visual interest throughout the space.

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All for Fun

This playful family room is a wonderfully kid friendly space, complete with adorable bins for storing away clutter quickly (no fussing please), clips for hanging their artistic masterpieces and yes, an actual rope swing. A huge, cushy couch is perfect for the whole family to pile on, and the entire room is grounded by a striped rust-and-white rug.

A Warm Welcome

This inviting home is on a floral overload — in the best way possible. With flower boxes and bed brimming with beautiful blooms, the home's exterior is full of color. Adding to the appeal are rust-colored shutters contrasting against the gray siding.

Simply Serene

Quiet neutrals are the just-right beginning to a tranquil bedroom. Add in a cushy armchair, keep decorations to a minimum and you have a relaxing retreat to greet you at the end of the day. The ready-to-sink-into bed is upholstered in muted rust tones and then paired with cool blues and soft tans for a sophisticated combination.

A Walk on the Dark Side

Rust-colored upholstered dining chairs bring a seamless sophistication to this midnight color palette. Notes of cream offset the dark hues, while large-scale mixed media art and a pillar-candle chandelier add to the refined yet moody atmosphere.

Around the World

Taking its cue from Moroccan style, this kitchen mixes earthy and watery hues for a vibrant and bold design. Teal walls and tile backsplash pair with rust-colored barstools and accessories. Golden pendant lights add to the global style of the space.

Into the Woods

Rust is a naturally rustic shade, so it fits in seamlessly with this rugged home. The rust window sill adds color while also blending with the naturally distressed wood walls and beams. A wooden bench tucks into the alcove for entryway essentials as well as a cozy reading spot, complete with pillows, throw blanket and antler sconce.