If you’ve invested on the decorating scene, then you’ve most likely heard the 3 terms “primitive,” “rustic,” and “country,” and most likely than not, you’ve heard them having lantern centerpieces. While the 3 words DO have substantial overlap in meaning, they are not the exact same. Here’s the difference in between them.
Primitive is defined as:
Being the first or earliest of its kind
Crude, easy, or unrefined
From an early duration of history
Made by a primitive artist
In the decorating world, the meaning is a bit more subtle but retains the flavor of the official definition. First of all, a primitive piece of furniture or décor is handmade. An individual without official training or craftsmanship made it. Third, usually, a primitive item is utilitarian: furniture, dishware, tools, and cooking products are all considered primitive. And lastly, a primitive item is old– generally, old enough to qualify as an antique. It’s the combination of age, lack of pretense, and practical purpose that offers a primitive item, whether furnishings or some other household excellent, its well-worn, basic appearance, NOT deliberate style. Primitive is not a design; it’s more a description of age and production method.
Rustic is defined as:
Having characteristics of country people
Made of tree roots or limbs
Having rough, irregular surface areas
Once again, the embellishing world puts a bit more of a finish on the term. In décor, something that is rustic has a tie with nature: it’s made from natural products that are relatively raw or unrefined. A rustic piece of furniture or decoration typically has a distressed or weathered surface, a color that can be found in nature, a casual ambiance and a sense of old-fashioned heat or convenience. Notice what the meaning of rustic does NOT include: handmade and old. While a rustic item may well be both of those things, it’s not needed. In truth, a rustic piece of furniture might have been produced in a factory rather recently but developed to look old and worn. That’s the key difference in between primitive and rustic and explains why a primitive item is by definition rustic however a rustic item is not necessarily primitive. Unlike primitive, rustic describes a design, one that includes a plain, old-fashioned, well-liked, and well-worn appearance.
The country is specified as:
Unfinished or unsophisticated
From a specific country or area
In the embellishing world, “country” is a broad term that explains lots of designs: French country, lodge, home, American country and seaside decoration can all fall under this umbrella. What all of these designs share is a casual ambiance, an emphasis on natural materials that are regularly in an incomplete or weathered state, natural colors and many of all, a simple, welcoming appearance that feels comfortable and warm. Country design often consists of rustic or primitive furnishings, however that’s not always the case. Still, the border in between what certifies as country and what certifies as rustic is a blurred one. As a rough general rule, the rustic scheme is confined to earth tones and soft tones, while a country scheme can consist of a much wider series of color. Rustic furniture is usually made from warm, red-toned woods, while country utilizes quite a bit of oak. Rustic style is more narrowly defined, while country is a more general term.