What do you get when you mix mid-century modern furniture with rustic materials and accents? A perfectly modern rustic look! This just so happens to be a style we love due to its emphasis on comfort, slightly eclectic vibe, and always on-trend look.
New to modern rustic style? You’ve probably seen it before and just didn’t know what to call it. It involves comfortable but streamlined furniture, natural elements, earth tones, and reliance on rustic materials and decor. This style is all over Instagram and Pinterest, and brilliant designers like Amber Interiors and Studio McGee often design rooms that you could easily say are of this style.
Modern rustic is also the perfect style for couples trying to compromise between a comfortable and livable look and one that’s more modern and sleek—combining the soft edges of rustic with sleek notes found in modern styling.
Ready to dig in? Keep reading for 6 tips on how to create a modern rustic look!
1. Establish a Comfortable Foundation
Comfort is key with this look. So, the largest pieces of furniture in any modern rustic room should be streamlined but never skimp on comfort. In living rooms, start with cozy oversized sofas. In bedrooms, opt for plush, upholstered beds. For a dining room, look for an oversized, rustic wood dining table around which big groups can gather.
But, while prioritizing comfort, make sure the furniture lines are clean and simple to keep the look modern.
2. Add Mid-Century Modern Accents
Once the comfortable foundation is laid, introduce a more mid-century or eclectic vibe. At first it may seem odd to mix these styles—but the contrast they create is what makes this look so dynamic and fun.
An easy place to do this is with your accent furniture. Think of an eclectic woven leather armchair or a coffee or bedside table with an antique flair. In dining rooms, pair your farmhouse dining table with more modern seating, like Wishbone or Eames shell chairs.
3. Create Conversational Layouts
A family-friendly style by nature, modern rustic interiors often have more symmetrical layouts that are geared toward large gatherings and facilitate conversations. (Hence the huge, rustic dining table we suggested above.) This is where the look leans more rustic and formal rather than modern and eclectic.
This is especially noticeable in a living room, where you might arrange a set of matching armchairs opposite the sofa or set them on either side of a couch, facing a fireplace. Although the furniture is a relaxed mix of different elements and pieces, arranging them in a more formal layout will play up a slightly more polished vibe.
4. Introduce Industrial Lighting
The next step? Finding the right lighting. This is where we see some style overlap with the modern farmhouse look. With modern rustic, light fixtures are often industrial with sleek, streamlined forms that are sculptural in nature.
Look for matte black or antique brass options to tie in the rustic. And don’t be afraid to establish multiple light sources in a single room; this helps bring personality to your style.
Just make sure you’re never matchy-matchy with light fixtures. This is a perfect opportunity to utilize one style—industrial—while getting eclectic with how you bring it to life throughout your space.
5. Layer on Natural Textures
When bringing the modern rustic style to life, we love the opportunity to play with textures and different materials. This keeps a room looking livable and approachable. Look for natural materials like seagrass, jute, ceramics, leather, and live-edge woods—then mix and match them together in one space, incorporating them in furniture, lighting, and decor accents! This helps the room feel dynamic and visually interesting.
6. Add an Antique Edge to Art and Accent Decor
If you want to play up the rustic side of this style, infuse your space with a few antique or antique-feeling pieces. While you want your furniture to feel more modern, art, decor, and rugs are the perfect place to incorporate this nod to old-world charm.
How, exactly? A rug with a traditional pattern and warm colors would be a perfect way to do this. (We gravitate toward using earth tones here, like terracotta, olive green, or a deep blue). For art, opt for landscape or still life paintings or even botanical prints.
Or consider your pillows: you can play with a mix of traditional patterns that tie in the colors of your rug. And try incorporating a vintage vibe in decorative objects and mirrors. This is definitely the most subjective part of this style—but what allows you to really make it your own!