If you love rustic interiors, you probably have a pretty good idea what it is about the look that catches your eye. Maybe it’s a spare white room with all the right vintage pieces. Or maybe it’s a cozy living space full of relaxed seating and beautiful woven accents.
But designing a rustic room isn’t always so straightforward. It’s a style that can go in many different directions depending on what you like. You can go for a modern farmhouse look and mix slipcovered sofas with raw wood and metal. Or you can layer graphic art alongside textured accents to play up a warm, rustic vibe.
Being one of our most popular Modsy looks, we’ve rounded up a few of our favorite rustic interiors to get you inspired. Take a look and pick up a few tips for bringing the look to life in your own home along the way.
If you enjoy a relaxed home…
Consider a mix of rustic and traditional furnishings that play up an open and inviting atmosphere. Combining your living and dining areas is a good place to start. It’s a great layout that eases up the flow in a room.
Try bringing in a slipcovered sofa, comfy classic seating, and raw wood pieces to give your space a laid-back vibe. Then anchor it all with a faded neutral rug that’s in keeping with the airy atmosphere.
If you’re after a calming ambience…
Keep to a few rustic and vintage pieces, like a raw-wood bench, a woven-door cabinet, and an antiqued-wood mirror. Mixing furnishings with different wood finishes provides a rustic look that’s easy on the eyes and doesn’t feel overwhelming.
If you want these pieces to stand out a bit more, paint your walls a gray or charcoal tone for contrast. Adding neutral accents, like linen pillows and monochrome art, will help complete the warm, soothing look.
If you like a touch of modern…
You’re likely a fan of the rustic-boho, California-style interiors that are constantly showing up on Pinterest. And we understand why. These spaces have that blend of contemporary design, natural materials, and gorgeous rustic accents that make them look and feel cooly curated.
To channel this rustic approach in your home, seek out modern artisanal pieces that are crafted with natural materials, like leather-woven chairs, rattan pendants, and a rough-hewn carved wood table.
If you dig the farmhouse vibe…
You’ll want to strike that perfect blend of relaxed elegance with furnishings that are comfortable yet sophisticated. Slipcovered sofas have the advantage of being incredibly versatile so they’re great foundations for layering in more polished designs, like traditional wood side tables and classic table lamps.
It’s not quite rustic farmhouse without an industrial chandelier, so make it a point to find a metal or vintage one to round out your space. If you’re looking to emphasize a relaxed vibe in your room, try adding southwestern accents, like a patterned, colorful art, or even a textile wall hanging.
If you love a refined look…
It’s likely that your style leans more rustic-sophisticate, meaning you appreciate the look of classic designs with weathered finishes that have a vintage element to them.
If so, consider antiques in light, unfinished woods, such as a settee with an untreated wood frame, a classic pedestal table, or a statement mirror. They have a way of infusing spaces with a sense of refined ease and French Country polish. Round it all out with some greenery – you can always count on plants to brighten up a somewhat formal space.
If you’re all about vintage…
Take a bolder approach to the rustic look. Place the focus on statement vintage-style pieces, like the sideboard in this dining room. The wood finish gives it an Old-World European appeal that lets your easily mix in other pieces. Think a stately chandelier, a pedestal dining table, and Windsor chairs.
The challenge is to make sure your statement pieces don’t overwhelm the space. So be sure to introduce a bit of levity with strong modern accents, like a graphic print and a large round mirror.
If you also want it to look cool…
Focus your designs around an earth-tone palette, natural materials, and accents that have an eclectic-boho feel. This is a subtler approach to rustic style, but it can have big impact especially if you’re working with a small space or home.
Keep colors to sandy hues, terracotta, and rust tones, then layer in lots of woven pieces, be they lighting or baskets, and let those rustic details shine.
If you’re big on comfort…
Opt for a family-friendly mix of rustic, contemporary, and traditional pieces. We like to think of this rustic approach as livable curation, meaning the pieces are chic but also practical for everyday living.
For every stylish piece in your room, pair it with a functional accent. Like this clean-lined sofa with a storage coffee table, the comfy woven armchair with a metallic side table, and the bold credenza flanked by roomy bookcases. It’s the perfect balance of style and function with comfort leading the way.