This Rustic Trend Just Made Renovating Your Home Way Easier

Paint chipping? Drywall crumbling? Wallpaper peeling? Don't blow your renovation budget just yet—the "raw" look is in!

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Just ask Joanna Gaines: Sometimes, stripping a wall back pays off in a big way. The brick or shiplap hidden underneath is part of your home's history, and uncovering it can add instant character and natural texture to a space. But exposed brick and salvaged shiplap only scratch the surface so to speak. As seen in New Romance, a new book from Gestalten, the coolest trend taking over rustic farmhouses today is embracing your house's raw country charm by leaving the walls and ceilings unfinished. Yep, we're talking chipped paint, crumbling plaster, peeling wallpaper, and partially painted walls—the whole shebang.

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Dans le dernier numéro du magazine Simple Things, mon reportage lifestyle sur le thème "au coin du feu" @chateaudedirac. Suite prochain épisode ! #presse #press #photo #photographer #stylist #isabelleduboisdumee #lespetitesemplettes #stylism #happy #dog #wood #jackrussel #entree #entrance #lifestyle #countrylife #location #simplethings

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"The more self-involved and digitized our daily lives become, the more we surround ourselves with natural materials," a Gestalten editor is quoted as saying in Architectural Digest. "We crave things that have a more pleasant feel to them than the cold touch-screens we're constantly swiping away on."

Ambiance jardin d'hiver autour d'un meuble trouvé dans le grenier de notre petit château @chateaudedirac. Bon prétexte pour tourner les meubles, une de mes activités de prédilection ! #decoration #deco #isabelleduboisdumee #stylisme #stylism #chateau #chateaudedirac #castle #jardindhiver #decorationvegetale #vegetaux #plante #plantes #green #vivelesplantes #lierre #plantestombantes #bougie #bougiescactees #lespetitesemplettes

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Bonus: The "undone" look cuts down on renovation time and costs.

"I'm all for exposed brick or stone and original plaster in various degrees of 'decay,' as I feel they embody the authenticity of a place," Contributing Editor and Stylist Heather Bullard tells Ikaroo.info. "To balance I would suggest modern, sophisticated, polished furnishings to keep things from looking 'frumpy.'"

A l'heure du café. Dans l'ancienne salle à manger du château pas rénovée, ambiance café guinguette en ce moment. Tout sous la main pour le petit déjeuner et le goûter. J'ai aménagé une autre pièce en salle à manger pour les déjeuners et les dîners, atmosphère grande tablée. Chez les petites emplettes on aime bien la déco en fonction des instants de la journée qu'on partage en famille et entre amis. #chateaudedirac #diraccastle #weekend #cafe #coffeetime #guinguette #guirlande #garland #stylism #isabelleduboisdumee #deco #decoration #decoracion #dekorasjon #dekorasi #papierpeint #bois #wood #espritcoffeeshop

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"As for the peeling wallpaper, I would remove it—unless it has historical value—as I think it would be distracting and would require an explanation to every guest!" Bullard continues. "But as a photographer and stylist, it does make a great backdrop for catalog and lifestyle shoots! Take for instance, Anthropologie's merchandising and catalogs."

Purposefully unfinished wall. We think it's charming! #walldecor #wallart #charm #rustic #loftspace #openspace #rusticdecor #minimalist #simpleliving #earthytones #designporn #unfinishedwall #woodfloors #floorpattern #studio #homedesign #floordesign #uniquelighting #livingspace #inspiration #arte #vintagedecor #crownmolding #studiohome #diydecor #uniquespace

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Don't have this kind of character in your home? Companies like NewWall, Woodchip & Magnolia, and even Amazon offer wallpaper designs that mimic the flawed effect with way less mess.

Exposed Brick

Amazing everything! 😍 #interiorinspo #homedecor #exposedwall #bedhead #

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What do you think? Do you love the raw, rustic look, or is it a little too "abandoned-chic" for your tastes? Scroll for more rooms we think did it right.

Unfinished Kitchen

The unaffected atmosphere of this kitchen stole our hearts! Just imagine stepping inside in the very early morning to have your coffee and just appreciate the space. And that ceiling and window combination! Via @herz.und.blut #kitchen #goodmorning #brightinteriors #exposedwall #exposedceiling #tallwindows #modernkitchen #cityliving #morningcoffee #eclectickitchen #retrodesign #kitchentable #upcycling #rug #homeplants #woodenfloor #frame #lamp #storagesolutions #homedecor #homestyling #kitchendecor #homestaging #instahome #kitcheninspiration #interiors4all

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Raw Brick Bathroom

#unique #bathroom #exposedwall #zen

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Distressed Wallpaper

A beauty of a wall 🙌🏻 distressed to the max pattern and block colour in harmony. @welovehomeblog @furniturevillage and a corker of a wallpaper from the fab @timorous_beasties 🐝

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Exposed Exterior

Life in South of France #slowlife #rawwall #plants #oldfrenchvillage #color #southoffrance #villageperché #sainteagnes #alpesmaritimes #cotedazur #frenchriviera #france #igersfrance

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Cracked Living Room Wall

Absolutely delightful that wall!!! 🖤 This shot is of @kojoandlee_hair a hair salon up north in Sheffield Yorkshire a bubbling pot of independent creative energy and raw talent. . Photo by @haarkon_ one of my insta favourites. I did meet India once before I knew of her work. I asked if I could borrow a couple of plants for props in a studio in Sheffield I was doing a bridal editorial shoot in. I could tell she had a huge connection with them 🌿 I looked after them 😊

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Undone Plaster

Design studio goals // I would love a space like this with lots of green just perfect for creativity 🌿 via @vtwonen 🙌🏻

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Chipped Walls and Wooden Beams

La photo "potentiel" du vendredi ! La nature reprend ses droits dans une grange. Tout est tel que je l'ai trouvé. J'adore ! Envie de rénover des endroits et d'en laisser quelques-uns juste comme ça. 🌱🌱🌱 #renovation #chateaudedirac #aventure #way #lifestyle #modedevie #country #unique #happy #france

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Partially Painted Dining Room

Essai d'une table ronde dans l'entrée principale ou l'on doit pouvoir se poser devant la grande porte fenêtre mais aussi passer avec notre petit tracteur pour tondre le promontoire ! 🌱 #entree #entrance #table #rond #wall #chateaudedirac #jardindhiver #accueil #instadaily #myhome #changement

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Crumbling Drywall

Patience ! #renovation #patience #priorites #wait #after #chateaudedirac #chantier #aventure #time #hate

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Unfinished Subway Tile
Exposed Beadboard Ceiling

(h/t: Architectural Digest)

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