I love where some designers are going with the rustic look these days. Sometimes I think rustic can be kitschy and dark. While I don’t mind an animal head mount every now and then (I have a few in my own home, thanks to the hubby), this look can look very manly and rough. But I feel there is a new wave of rustic. Many of the designs have beautiful exposed beams and lighter walls. The neutral grays and tans are really lovely. Here are some pictures that I find soften the look. It looks more livable and bright than ever before.
The cream walls make this space so much brighter. The light floors help as well.
The light wood makes it so warm despite all of the rock.