Using Deer Antlers To Achieve a Rustic Home Decor

Rustic Deer Antlers

Rustic Deer Antlers

There's nothing like the timeless, classic look offered by rustic decor. Whether you are looking to spruce up the interior of a game room, cabin, living room or just your bedroom, you simply can't go wrong with this type of decor. It's one of the few decor styles that incorporates a wide variety of natural elements together for a relaxing and pleasing atmosphere. If this is a type of decor you would like to achieve, keep reading and we'll reveal how deer antlers can be used for rusting home decorating.

What Is Rustic Decor?

Let's first take a closer look at what rustic decor actually is, because some people are likely hearing it for the first time. Before we start, it's important to note that some people may have their own interpretations as to what they consider "rustic." What's rustic to one person may not be the same to someone else. This can be said for practically any form of home decor, as people oftentimes use the terms broadly and without strict boundaries.

Generally speaking, rustic can be used to describe any furniture, furnishings or home accessories that are naturally unique and/or handmade. These include authentic furniture pieces made from hardwoods such as oak, maple, cherry, mahogany, reclaimed, etc. Because most of rustic furniture is made using authentic hardwoods, it's frequently used in log cabins to create a relaxing, natural atmosphere. The neutral colors of the wood seem to easily flow with the similar colors featured in a log cabin.

Of course, rustic decor can be used in traditional homes and settings. Whether you are looking to redecorate the atmosphere in your home or start from scratch, rustic is classically elegant way to create an attractive environment without spending a ton of money. Oh yeah, did I mention that deer antlers can be incorporated to achieve this decor as well?

Rustic Antlers and Accessories

Rustic Antlers and Accessories

How To Use Deer Antlers In a Rustic Home

One of the great things about creating a rustic styled home is the incredible freedom it gives you over the furnishings and accessories. If there's a unique item you want to show off or display in your home, then by all means go ahead and do so. As long as it flows with the general handmade or natural theme (which deer antlers do), then you can successfully use it in your home. Just remember to stick with a similar color palette to ensure the elements blend together to create an attractive scheme.

There are literally hundreds of ways to effective use deer antlers in a rustic styled home. The easiest way is to simply mount or hang them on the wall. If you've acquired a surplus of deer antlers from shed hunting, you can mount them on basic plaques (mounting kits sold here) and hang them on the wall. It's a quick and easy way to show off your deer antlers without spending hundreds of even thousands of dollars at the taxidermist.

Deer Antler Furnishings

As you may already know, deer antlers can be used to craft a wide variety of items, some of which are even unusual. Antler items such as chandeliers, lamps and centerpieces make excellent furnishings for a rustic home.  They offer a unique touch of element right into your home to create an attractive atmosphere that most people will instantly fall in love with. Upon entering your rustic styled home, guests will immediately be captivated and taken away by the unique decor. This allows for not only an attractive home, but it's also a good conversation starter.

Caribou Deer Mount

Caribou Deer Mount

If you feel lost or simply don't know which deer antler furnishings to use in your home, start with some basic items first. A simple deer antler lamp or picture frame is a basic item that's not going to cost you a ton of money. In fact, you could even attempt to make your own with some spare antler sheds laying around the house. Antlers are extremely versatile when it comes to craft projects, and you might be surprised at just how easy they are to work with. Play around with some and see what types of furnishings you can come up with.

Here are some general tips for using deer antlers in a rustic home:

  • There is such a thing as using too many deer antlers, so try to keep them to a minimal. A couple antler furnishings or some mounted antlers is all it takes to create an attractive rustic atmosphere.
  • Don't hang your antlers in high places where you won't be able to reach them. Like all furnishings, they must be occasionally dusted and cleaned to maintain their elegant appearance.
  • If you intend on crafting your own deer antler furnishings or items, only use high-quality antlers that aren't showing signs of cracking or damage. Antlers that have say out in the sun for months on end will likely begin to deteriorate.
  • Just because you aren't a hunter doesn't mean you can't decorate your home with an authentic antler-inspired rustic decor.

Hopefully, this will article will give you a better understanding on what exactly rustic decor is and how you create it in your home. It's a unique and fun way to provide a touch of style to an otherwise ordinary home. So, take out some of your deer antlers and start decorating your home today!

References:

http://www.wisegeek.com/what-is-rustic-furniture.htm

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rustic_furniture