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Our Best Rustic Interior Design Tips for Every Room in Your House

rustic interior designYou’re probably familiar with the rustic interior design look by now. And you’re also probably familiar with the wide range of rustic decor looks that are out there, which can range from bright white farmhouse-inspired living spaces to moodier, leather and wood-laden rooms. With so many ways to bring rustic style into the home, it can be hard to know what works and makes the most sense for your own space. So what are the major elements that need to be considered when pulling together the rustic interior design look?

What are the key elements of rustic style?

To start, there’s always a mix of traditional furniture elements and simple accessories that convey a handmade feel, such as vintage-style pendant lights, carved furniture details, and botanical art. There’s also a mix of decorative elements that nod to rural, pastoral, and landscapes—think black-and-white animal and scenic photographs, woven wall decor, art with western themes.

Next, what’s key to rustic style is a mix of materials, which often ranges from unfinished or reclaimed wood to metals and natural textures, such as leather, cowhide, and jute. All of this is often mixed with a cozy palette of warm tones, earthy neutrals, and high-contrast black and white tones. It all adds up to a space that’s surprisingly clean-lined, serene, and still hugely inviting.

Here, we’ve rounded up some of our favorite ways to bring rustic style into the home. With each rustic style look, we’ve also included tips for key elements to consider. Read on to find out!

Rustic Living Room Design

These are incredibly livable spaces that have a strong emphasis on comfort and conversational layouts, making them perfect for casual downtime and gatherings with family and friends.

rustic interior designThe Style: Rustic Warmth

Think of this look as rustic with a contemporary twist. It toes the line of formal and casual, giving you a living space that’s warm and sophisticated but none too precious.

The Key Elements: Clean-lined contemporary furnishings, jute rugs, woven accessories, mixed wood finishes, calming and neutral palette with pops of blue, orange, and earthy tones.

Why We Love This Look: The room looks polished but still feels cozy and soothing, thanks to the woven and rustic accents that add warmth and tie in the wood beams. The neutral palette also helps keep things light, airy, and casual, allowing for plenty of room to breathe. It all adds up to a comfy and chic conversational gathering space.

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rustic interior designThe Style: Refined Rustic

Rustic with a more classic spin, this approach to spaces combines elegant and sumptuous designs. You can also see it as a more feminine take on rustic that’s all about tailored furnishings, luxurious materials, and soft, cozy hues.

The Key Elements: Sophisticated furnishings with a classic bent (oversized leather sectional, ornamental tables), layered monochromatic rugs, refined decorative lamps and accessories, carved cutout details, neutral palette with subtle depth (beige, ivory, and off-white neutrals mixed with tan tones).

Why We Love This Look: There’s a playful contrast between sleek and classic that gives the room the perfect refined-relaxed vibe. The pieces also help create a cozy space that’s always entertaining-ready, be it a formal sit down or a casual weeknight with friends on the sectional.

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rustic interior designThe Style: Traditional Rustic

Rustic with traditional and industrial accents, this one is for those of you who love a more rugged take on rustic style.

The Key Elements: Tufted rolled-arm sofa, light upholstered chairs, steamer trunk side table, neutral patterned rug, botanical prints and plenty of plants, warm woods, earthy palette of green and gray tones.

Why We Love This Look: Traditional elements are balanced by more contemporary pieces, giving the look a more curated modern sensibility. It’s also a look that’s well-suited for a city apartment or loft, surprisingly, given its strong traditional lines and materials that actually can warm up more modern spaces.

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Rustic Bedroom Design

Like living rooms, rustic bedrooms prioritize comfort, and that means furnishings that are a mix of traditional designs and lots of cozy natural materials and textures.

The Style: Traditional Rustic

Much like a traditional rustic living room, there’s a strong masculine industrial angle when this look is used in the bedroom. The only additional factor is that the bedroom allows for a little more experimentation and fun with color in your bedding.

The Key Elements: Traditional furniture shapes and styles, classic spindle chair, natural materials galore (rustic wood furniture, metals, leather, jute, and wool), neutral patterned rug, modern animal art and accents with a pastoral vibe, neutral but high-contrast palette with pops of color.

Why We Love This Look: There’s a balance of hard and soft in materials and textures that this style perfect for any bedroom. There’s just enough industrial edge without the room feeling overly sleek or sparse. You get to play up colorful bedding, which is key in adding color to a traditional rustic bedroom. This is our idea of a perfect high-low, classic-modern bedroom mix.

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rustic interior designThe Style: Contemporary Rustic

A blend of traditional and contemporary elements, here’s a light and breezy take on rustic. This is the perfect style to lean into if you want a bedroom that feels at once cozy and airy.

The Key Elements: Farmhouse metal bed frame with a traditional vibe, heavy rustic wood element (be it a full accent wall or a statement piece like a dresser), industrial storage nightstands, sculptural lights, geometric rug, white upholstered bench and bedding, and a crisp palette that’s predominantly black and white.

Why We Love This Look: Even with all the sleek contemporary and rustic furniture elements, this look feels inviting and serene rather than cold and stark. That’s the beauty of the contemporary rustic look, which is all about using lots of soft elements in the space to balance out the bold lines. If you’re after this look, go big with layered rugs, pillows, soft lampshades, and extra blankets.

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Rustic Dining Room Design

Rustic-style dining spaces prioritize function and are designed to stand up to heavy daily use, making them perfect for comfy family dining and relaxed entertaining.

The Style: Rustic Farmhouse

You’ll find a mix of classic and industrial elements at play in rustic farmhouse style dining spaces. These are rooms grounded in classic comfort, meaning they’re built on traditional foundation pieces that nod to vintage styles.

The Key Elements: Vintage-style furnishings that balance industrial edge with country charm (pedestal dining table, French bistro chairs, bench with carved base), glass-fronted display cabinets, metal pendant light fixtures, traditional patterned designs (herringbone rug), modern art that nod to country and rustic theme, a high-contrast palette of neutrals and natural material tones.

Why We Love This Look: There’s nothing that’s as transporting as a rustic farmhouse dining room. It immediately brings to mind a charming countryside home. The mix of traditional furnishings and vintage-inspired elements and colors make it a gathering space that instantly inspires ease and comfort.

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The Style: Contemporary Rustic

Rustic materials meet sleek, contemporary forms in this bright and fresh look. When we talk about contemporary rustic style, we’re referring to this idea of a space that’s welcoming but also decidedly streamlined.

The Key Elements: Modern-classic furnishings (Windsor-style chairs, industrial worn wood-top table), faded traditional rug, copper pendant lights, botanical prints, pop of vibrant color (an accent wall or small notes of greenery), streamlined built-in storage shelving.

Why We Love This Look: Not overly rustic or modern, the contemporary rustic look in the dining room is, as it is in the bedroom, a perfectly balanced approach to rustic. In the dining room, this style is welcoming and modern and it inspires a laid-back vibe that’s all about streamlined comfort. It’s not your grandmother’s country dining space!

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Rustic Entryway Design

Create the perfect first impression for your rustic home with an entry where function and details shine. Here, it’s all about pulling together the perfect mix of rustic and relaxed.

rustic interior designThe Style: Rustic Warmth

Who wouldn’t want to come home to this charming entryway? It’s layered with welcoming rustic pieces that lean formal but are also functional. It sums up our idea of cozy rustic style, which is all about mixing furnishings that bring both elegance and ease—an ideal approach in any busy entryway.

The Key Elements: Warm wood and vintage-inspired furnishings (console with drawers, wooden coat racks, open storage, industrial bench and pendant light, rustic wall decor and art, a firmly rustic palette of natural tones, wood finishes, and crisp whites.

Why We Love This Look: In the entry, the cozy rustic look is polished without feeling stuffy. To top it all off, furnishings that hit the refined rustic look also often add major function that serves well in high-traffic areas in the home. Case in point, the bench here is a comfy and stylish perch for kicking off shoes (or galoshes) while the full-length mirror is a functional piece that also opens up the small entry space.

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Rustic Home Office Design

If you didn’t think that rustic style works in the home office, think again. At once trad and vintage feeling, a rustic home office might be the curated and cozy workspace you’ve been needing.

rustic interior designThe Style: Industrial Rustic

You can’t go wrong with traditional rustic elements and industrial accents in the home office. It’s the ideal combination of modern rustic design with just enough edge. The key to an Industrial rustic home office is to go big with materials that promote both comfort and boldness.

The Key Elements: Furniture with classic detailing but updated designs (button-tufted armchair, wooden storage desk with hairpin legs, slope-arm chair with swivel base), sumptuous materials like leather, grainy woods, dark metals, modern geometric patterned rug, moody palette of grays, black and white, and rustic earth tones.

Why We Love This Look: High style without the stuffiness, this industrial rustic home office is moody without feeling cramped or overly decorated. The dark color palette works well with the big furniture pieces, which makes this office feel like a serious productive spot to get work done.

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8 Ways to Design a Farmhouse Style Dining Room

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Farmhouse style design is one of the hottest trends in the world of interior design these days. You’ve probably seen the trendy style all over Pinterest, Instagram, and HGTV shows (here’s looking at you, Fixer Upper)! But even if you know about this look, you might still be wondering what farmhouse style is exactly, if it’s the right look for you, and, if so, how to incorporate it into your space?

What is Farmhouse Style Decorating?

Farmhouse decor is often referred to as a style that seamlessly blends rustic and traditional design elements with old-school vibes and cozy warmth. Even though it seems vintage-ish, farmhouse dining room design can be combined with a modern touch to give it an updated feel. Let’s take a closer look at the basics of this style.

Elements of Farmhouse Style

This look, as the name suggests, was inspired by farmhouse design—both internal and external. It borrows design elements from countryside homes—think shiplap, neutral color schemes, rustic materials, and natural textures. Overall, spaces done in a farmhouse style feel warm and cozy. They definitely prioritize comfort and function over more modern, sophisticated looks. The key elements of a farmhouse dining room are the foundations—a farmhouse dining table and the right chairs to pair with it.

What is a Farmhouse Dining Table?

Farmhouse dining tables set the tone for many types of rustic dining rooms. They are typically very rustic and vintage-style and tend to be heavy-duty pieces and are often called the “workhorse of dining tables” and for good reason! They are substantial, solid, and sturdy pieces. It’s not the type of table that gets lost in a dining space, that’s for sure. You’ll usually find farmhouse dining tables made of unfinished wood and natural in color. This makes them super versatile—they can pair well with a variety of color schemes.

What Kind of Chairs Go With a Farmhouse Table?

You can pair all kinds of chairs with a farmhouse table! It really just depends on the overall style you want for your space. The fun thing about these tables (and the style in general) is that it can be played with in different ways to suit your individual tastes! The main goal is to have fun implementing all of your dining room ideas.

The general rule for farmhouse chairs is to mix up materials to incorporate contrast. For example, you might want to refrain from pairing wood chairs with a wood table—avoid too much of the same material unless you’re a big fan of the matchy-matchy look.

A few ideas for dining rooms include these types of chairs:

  • Linen slipcovered chairs for a more formal, countryside look
  • Spindle chairs for modern take on farmhouse
  • A matching bench for a more family-friendly style
  • A mix of chairs with the two “captain” chairs on the ends of the table differing from the others

Farmhouse Dining Room Designs

If you’re hopping on board with these trendy dining room ideas, check out these 8 farmhouse dining room design ideas and get inspired!

farmhouse dining room designTraditional Farmhouse Dining Room

This is one of our favorite farmhouse dining rooms because it’s a perfect blend of comfortable and classic. The sturdy, traditional dining room table anchors the space and the high-contrast houndstooth rug lends a more formal vibe. Pinewoods, cross-back chairs and the neutral color scheme are all trademarks of traditional style.

Traditional farmhouse dining rooms benefit from a muted colors like this black, white, and cream color palette, warmed up by honey-colored wood furniture and accents. Instead of a chandelier, farm-style pendant lights hang over the table and the metal look is repeated in wall sconces for cohesion. The copper bowl on the table offers an homage to old kitchen utensils and tall candlesticks finish the tablescape.

This look is perfect for those who love traditional dining room design but want a rustic farmhouse influence. Homey but stylish!

Stylist Tip: For rustic dining rooms like this, anchor a large table like this with a durable and easy to clean rug. This patterned jute one hides dirt and pulls in colors from space.

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 farmhouse dining room designMinimal Farmhouse Dining Room

For a farmhouse look that’s minimal in styling, check out this simple but impactful dining room. It focuses on solid colors—simple and impactful with no busy patterns or loud colors. The weathered wood, animal artwork, pedestal table, and ceramic decor cultivate an inviting farmhouse look and the neutral color scheme gives it a stately vibe.

The farmhouse dining chairs are soft with a linen slipcover but also minimal with clean lines and pleats. The sideboard, made of weathered wood and metal, adds practical storage—that way you can hide dinnerware and bar items for a clutter-free appeal. Exposed bulbs offer a farmhouse feel but the sleek, metal form of the chandelier nods to the minimal aesthetic.

This is one of our favorite dining rooms for those who love rustic farmhouse materials without too much ornamentation.

Stylist Tip: Minimal farmhouse is easier to achieve with a simple color palette like this one—sandy brown, black, and white.

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 farmhouse dining room designRefined Farmhouse Dining Room

This is one of our favorite dining room ideas for putting an elegant spin on farmhouse style. Materials like weathered woods and antique metals play up the farmhouse look. Decorative touches like the layered art and lamp on sideboard give off sophisticated airs while the casual table seating and bench make you feel right at home.

The large mirror leaning on the floor brings a definite “WOW” factor and has a vintage farmhouse element. It also reflects light, opening up the room—using a bench instead of high-backed dining chairs on one side of the table also opens up the space visually. The colors are muted and cohesive, a signature aspect of refined style, with a very mellow blue wall, weathered black elements (softens up typical black furniture), antiqued metal, distressed oak, and green tones in the art.

This dining area is perfect for those with casual, kid-friendly homes but want a sense of refinement and polished spaces. It’s also one of the best rustic dining room ideas for large gatherings!

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 farmhouse dining room designContemporary Farmhouse Dining Room

This dining room look is all about contemporary style with clean lines and minimal ornamentation on furniture. Then it brings in plenty of farmhouse materials like natural woods, antiqued metals, and decor to set a warm and inviting tone.

We love the farmhouse table set-up with half spindle-back chairs and a bench. The dining chairs and table are all easy to clean and super durable, while the fur throw on the bench adds extra cushion and comfort but can easily be removed. The bench is one of the more inviting dining room ideas, as opposed to a strict set of dining chairs, too. Farmhouse decor like baskets, candle holders, and greenery adds a rural element to the room and the sheep art leaned up on the ledge is a great, casual focal point that helps tie the styles together.

Stylist Tip: Lighten up the area by placing visually heavy furniture on a bright rug (like this white one) to contrast the dark floors against the furniture.

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 farmhouse dining room designCountryside Farmhouse Dining Room

This country farmhouse dining room feels homey, inviting, and casual. There is an elegance to the rural simplicity and the emphasis on the large windows and view helps to bring the outside in. The room features a matching table and chairs in a neutral palette that’s easy to design around and establish a casual feel. Two-tone wood is super trendy right now with the farmhouse/country style!

In addition to the main furniture pieces, there are lots of on-trend farmhouse decor elements too, like the mason jar pendant light—a very on-point, classic farmhouse look derived from everyday items. The vintage style clock on the wall acts as art and offers a practical touch. And the vintage style fringe rug adds a subtle pattern to the rustic dining room design. Farmhouse style has a lot of distressed material like this—and an added bonus is that the rust/earth tone colors in the rug pull in outside scenery for a seamless look!

This farmhouse dining room is perfect for casual living, homes with kids, and folks who love simple, straightforward home decor.

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 farmhouse dining room designElegant Farmhouse Dining Room

This elegant farmhouse dining room combines classic design and farmhouse style for an upscale take on a downhome look! Classic elements like the slipcovered chairs, oversized art, and the grandiose space give it a refined/polished edge. Then the farmhouse materials bring it back to earth—weathered wood, a casual feel bench, woven decor, and the neutral, earthy palette.

We love the subtle pattern and worn look of the rug—it adds rustic flair with a refined touch. The large trio of abstract landscape pieces bring a cool pop of color to the space. Overall, the symmetrical layout gives off formal vibes and the bench balances it all out for a comfortable, relaxed atmosphere.

This rustic dining room is perfect for those who love formal, elegant dining spaces but also want a homey farmhouse touch.

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 farmhouse dining room designRustic Farmhouse Dining Room

Rustic and farmhouse are very similar looks, which is why this dining room flows together so beautifully. The room features classic, X-back rustic dining room chairs with upholstered seats that add variation alongside the solid wood table. The wood adds warmth while the pop of black metal on the chair back ties into the dark notes in the chandelier and curtains. The buffalo check pattern brings a pop of contrast and a note of familiarity.

The Highland Cow art remains in the neutral color scheme but adds a crisp and clean element. Made of natural material, the jute rug is a classic rustic/farmhouse rug choice—the neutral color also makes it very versatile and durable.

This dining room is a perfect look for those who like rustic spaces and durability.

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 farmhouse dining room designClassic Farmhouse Dining Room

This style is inspired by a bright and cheery farmhouse vibe with a mix of natural and white woods. The trestle table is made of a classic knotty pine, a popular farmhouse material, and the dining chairs contrast against it with their white cage backs. The loosely fitted slipcover captain chairs add a soft touch and an elegant, almost “shabby chic” appeal.

Two beaded chandeliers feel antique and are perfect for this farmhouse style. The sconce is made of raw material in an outdoor style but looks refined inside on the white wall. Another farmhouse decorating trick is the layered look seen here with plants, books, and bowls to give a curated look of vintage farmhouse items. The beautiful shiplap walls are a very popular choice for classic farmhouse style.

This dining room is perfect for those who want true farmhouse style, a homey feel, and the richness and warmth of layered decor.

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Three Ways To Get the Oh-So-Popular Farmhouse Style In Your Home

farmhouse interior designWhen it comes to decor trends, Farmhouse style has it all—think texture, contrast, and coziness all rolled into one perfect space. It’s a super trendy style that has taken the design world by storm. You’ve likely seen it everywhere from your Pinterest and Instagram feeds to popular TV shows (we’re looking at you Fixer Upper!). But what exactly does “farmhouse” mean when it comes to interior design?? This guide will walk you through the ins and outs of farmhouse style to give you the full scoop on what exactly it is and how to get the look in your own home!

What is Farmhouse Interior Design?

Farmhouse interior design is a decorating style that takes inspiration from the look of an actual farmhouse and uses decorative elements that you’d find in rural or agricultural areas. Farmhouse interiors are warm, cozy, relaxing and full of charm and character. Generally, the style turns up its nose at more contemporary design sensibilities and prefers to hearken back to “simpler” times.

However, to keep the look from veering into too much “country kitsch,” it’s important to maintain a stylish balance of old and new and to make sure the focus is on a natural look. In other words, farmhouse design isn’t code for going overboard with the mason jars, shiplap, and rooster paraphernalia!

Is Farmhouse Going Out of Style in 2020?

Far from it! While the initial farmhouse craze might be dying down, we’re not seeing this style going anywhere anytime soon. In fact, we’re actually seeing the farmhouse style becoming more nuanced and expressed in several different ways. One farmhouse doesn’t suit everybody!

What are these different types of farmhouse style? The main types we’re noticing fall into three distinct buckets—rustic, classic, and modern takes on the farmhouse interior design style. While all of these looks are popular, they have some pretty distinct differences. To help you sort it all out, we’re breaking down the recipe for each farmhouse style in one home designed in three different ways.

Come along for a mini home tour of these three unique farmhouse style designs to find out all you need to know about farmhouse interior design and which version might be right for you!

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Rustic Farmhouse Interior Design

The Style DNA: Rustic meets traditional with a vintage twist

The Vibe: Cozy and fresh with lots of countryside character

Rustic farmhouse design is all about celebrating the natural and rough-hewn aspects of the farmhouse aesthetic. Think of this version of the style as a blend between rustic and traditional, that even sports a bit of an industrial flair. The rustic elements bring a heavy focus on rugged materials—think raw and unfinished woods, chunky knits, linens, metals, and leather with patina.

The traditional elements play a supporting role, adding the vintage/antique flair that gives this version of farmhouse style its distinct personality—it’s definitely a look that loves a bit of nostalgia! All in all, the look blends streamlined furniture with traditional design influences and tends toward a sharp, grey-scale and high contrast color palette.

The result is a style that strikes a balance of hard and soft, incorporating both traditional and fresh design elements. We like to think this farmhouse decor scheme would make even Chip and Joanna proud.

rustic farmhouse living roomThe Rustic Farmhouse Living Room

Our rustic farmhouse living room is anchored by comfy foundational furniture. The neutral sofa prioritizes comfort and style with a simple form and sleek tailoring. The accent chairs pull in a traditional spindle detail in a fresh new way, for a stylish take on cozy charm. We love how the natural wood tones of the chair, coffee table, and mantle help warm up the grey-scale palette. Details like the animal art, metal accents (peek the light fixtures and decor) and geometric patterns in the rug and pillows offer a subtle, yet curated approach to farmhouse interior design.

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rustic farmhouse dining roomThe Rustic Farmhouse Dining Room

As with the living room, our rustic farmhouse dining space is all about function with a stylish edge. The foundational furniture sets a solid and functional foundation, while also bringing in the key elements of the rustic farmhouse style—distressed woods, unfinished metal, all with a slight antique/vintage vibe.

Once you’ve got your foundation, add in some industrial accents like the pendant light fixtures and dining chairs to bring contrast and an elevated look to the space. Notice how the accent furniture has a slightly more industrial vibe, which balances out traditional elements in foundations—a key element in rustic farmhouse style!

Top it all off with fresh, high-contrast artwork. This is where the style most differs from a more traditional approach to farmhouse style. Instead of pastoral scenes or landscape paintings, rustic farmhouse decor prefers non-objective prints and more contemporary black & white landscape photography. Altogether the effect is fresh, inspiring, and will give you room a polished yet cozy look.

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rustic farmhouse bedroomThe Rustic Farmhouse Bedroom

For the bedroom, we took a similar approach to the other spaces—start with your foundations and build up. Here we chose a wrought-iron bed which brings a traditional/antique vibe, rendered in a contemporary way. Paired with the sleek nightstands and bench (which both perfectly balance rustic materials with a contemporary shape), the look is the perfect balance of old and new.

To keep the look from feeling too cold or industrial, we balanced out all the wood, leather, and metal with plush textiles and lots of layers. The neutral rug grounds the space, and we love its traditional pattern in a washed-out antique fade, which adds to the vintage vibe in a softer way. Then, top off the bed with layers of contrasting pillows and don’t forget to add curtains to further soften the look. A few woven baskets bring another pop of natural texture and are a great bedroom storage solution.

Finally, the art in the bedroom is a bit softer than other places in the house—it is your bedroom, after all. We love these vintage-style bird prints, which have an almost eclectic vibe. Together they bring a very traditional, antique contrast to the more rugged elements in the space and totally seal the deal on the farmhouse vibe.

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modern farmhouse interior designModern Farmhouse Interior Design

Style DNA: Modern designs mixed with rustic materials and natural textures

The Vibe: On-trend, a bit dramatic, and effortlessly livable

Modern farmhouse is easily the trendiest version of all three farmhouse looks. It’s comfy, cozy, and full of charm, offering a unique take on comfort and simplicity. If you’re one to shy away from farmhouse interior design because you think it’s outdated, modern farmhouse design will prove you wrong!

In this style, modern design fuses with a comfortable, relaxed farmhouse aesthetic. It’s an eclectic mix of styles and materials anchored in rustic foundations but shows off a more contemporary approach to shapes and decor. Modern design elements like curved or streamlined forms, unexpected materials, and sleek lighting play a big role in this trendy style.

modern farmhouse living roomThe Modern Farmhouse Living Room

Our modern farmhouse living room look features a mix of materials that make for a dynamic space. This design features everything from wood to linen, velvet, brass, marble, ceramics, and seagrass! While we incorporated a range of tones to give the room contrast and warmth, the key to mixing these materials (and acing modern farmhouse look) is sticking to a neutral and cohesive color palette.

In this take on the style, our foundational furniture is still comfy but features slightly more modern appeal than traditional farmhouse-style shapes. For example, the sleek sofa with piping detail, the velvet armchairs, and the round coffee table, all play with rustic design elements in a completely modern way.

Overall, the accent furniture and decor take more risks and are the pieces that pull in the texture that makes for a cohesive look. The brass and marble side table is super mod and the velvet club chairs provide a familiar silhouette in an unexpected material. There’s also some fun play with geometry at work, like the sputnik pendant, side table, lamp, vases, and art that nods to a mid-century modern influence.

The secret to keeping this look from straying too modern? The symmetrical layout! This more formal structure to the room anchors in a more rustic/traditional aesthetic and keeps it from straying too far down an eclectic path.

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modern farmhouse dining roomThe Modern Farmhouse Dining Room

To get the modern farmhouse look in your dining room, stick with traditional undertones in your furniture but look for pieces updated with a modern edge. For example, here the dining table offers a streamlined take on the antique trestle table and the schoolhouse chairs feel vintage and mod all at once.

Meanwhile, the dark metal accents add an industrial edge that adds much-needed contrast against the natural wood, which works overtime to warm up the design. Then to combat all the modern-ness happening in the furniture, we added an abstracted landscape print to soften up the look and tie in more “traditional” farmhouse vibes. Don’t forget the patterned rug underfoot, which enlivens the space and makes the room a little more fun and playful!

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modern farmhouse bedroomThe Modern Farmhouse Bedroom

For the bedroom, we started with traditional shapes and gave them modern updates, like the spindle bed frame and seagrass bench. These pieces are classic and draw on traditional design elements, but here are given sleek modern facelifts with their streamlined forms. The nightstands feel traditional, but the touch of brass hardware warms up the look with a modern edge.

This take on farmhouse decor has a bit more color to it, with the pillows and rug. And the abstract line art is a fresh addition to the space and helps pull the whole design together.

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classic farmhouse interior designClassic Farmhouse Interior Design

Style DNA: Classic designs mixed with countryside charm

The Vibe: Refined cottage style with a warm and timeless appeal

Classic farmhouse, in contrast to rustic or modern, is the most traditional of the bunch and leans into a more “French provincial” aesthetic. This style would be the closest example of “shabby chic” and is a much softer, more feminine approach to farmhouse design—think classic cottage chic. The look starts with comfy foundational furniture, but pushes more classic than rustic farmhouse, and then layers in accents of washed-out wood or painted decor for a more antique vibe.

Classic farmhouse also depends on a light palette of whites and creams with added pops of green and blue. The overall look skews more pastel and avoids contrast—think light, airy fabrics, and white-washed wood tones! This look should blend seamlessly together for a light, feminine look with few instances of metal or darkness.

classic farmhouse living roomThe Classic Farmhouse Living Room

At first glance, it’s easy to see how our classic farmhouse living room differs from the previous versions. While the rustic and modern farmhouse looks are all about form and material, classic farmhouse style puts much more emphasis on classic details, like button tufting, nailhead, ornate carvings, and applied ornament. Here the space is grounded by a French country-style rolled arm sofa and armchair duo for a super comfy, classic style. The linen upholstery feels very countryside charming, which is perfect for this look.

Our accent furniture in this design features classic details like flutes and spindles—it all has a carved, ornate decorative quality. Botanical prints warm up the space and bring a natural touch and accents like whitewashed wood, antiqued surfaces, and distressed finishes bring in the charming countryside quality.

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classic farmhouse dining roomThe Classic Farmhouse Dining Room

For the dining room, we again started with classic foundational furniture. The substantial and ornate pedestal stable grounds the space and features intricately carved details for a classic touch. The linen slipcovered chairs keep the look comfy but sophisticated, while the smaller scale of the dining table keeps the overall vibe more intimate and cozy.

All of the distressed wood finishes in the space give the room a homey vibe. Nature-themed art, like the bird gallery wall, along with a few curated pops of greenery give the space that classic cottage look. The whole space is tied together by the traditional, yet delicate, patterned rug, which adds a slight pop of texture to the space.

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classic farmhouse bedroomThe Classic Farmhouse Bedroom

Nothing says “classic farmhouse” more than an upholstered headboard with tufting—it’s an important detail for classic style. The antique style rug has a washed-out oriental pattern that offers warmth and texture without overpowering the room. The lamps, bench and nightstands all have a classic shape and a serene, neutral color palette keeps the room cohesive and elegant.

We love the traditional art above the headboard! The cottage landscape painting is a purely traditional take on a farmhouse motif that feels right at home in this style. The hanging planters on the wall and the leafy green tree give the room subtle pops of color while bringing a little nature inside.

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Layout Guide: 2 Ideas for a super large master bedroom

In our “Layout Guides” series you’ll find layout solutions for rooms of all shapes and sizes. Finding the right layout for your room can be the trickiest part of interior design! This week we’re looking at two different ideas for a super large master bedroom with tons of open space.

  • The Space: A huge, open master bedroom
  • The Style: Classic Rustic and Industrial Rustic
  • The Challenge: Designing a master bedroom layout that makes use of all the open space.

Your bedroom might not get a ton of foot traffic, but it is where you do most of your important work—sleeping and recharging for the day ahead! Designing a master bedroom layout can be hard with a small bedroom—but it can be even more challenging with a super large bedroom! All that open space can feel daunting… But with a little creativity, you can find a master bedroom layout that makes use of all the open space. Check out these 2 ideas for a super large master bedroom and get some ideas for yours!

Large BedroomMaster Bedroom Layout Idea #1: Seating and Sleeping Areas

Master bedroom layout #1 blends rustic design with a very classic formal look. It’s an eclectic twist that creates a really cozy, yet elegant look in the bedroom. It has a cottage vibe with tons of rustic materials, traditional style furniture, and lots of classic underpinnings to make it more stately. The soft textures and rustic accents make it an easy, breezy feminine space with plenty of countryside charm.

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The key elements:

Queen Bed along the short wall. We chose to put the queen bed on the short wall vs the super long wall. This helps section off the room and create a cozier sleeping space – and there’s still room for 2 nightstands on either side of the bed.

Lots of storage. With a room as large as this, there’s no reason not to have ample storage! We used two full dressers and an armoire. That way you have plenty of space to tuck away your wardrobe, unused bedding, laundry, etc. and keep your bedroom clean and tidy.

Seating area. This master bedroom layout also features a cozy reading/conversation nook. This is a great addition to any bedroom and gives you a space to relax that is in a totally different zone. The rugs help separate the space so you feel like you have two rooms in one.

Will this layout work for you? Yes if you…

  • Love soft, feminine vibes with a touch of rustic charm and elegance.
  • Need a bedroom escape full of relaxing, calming energy and color scheme.
  • Want two distinct areas in your bedroom—one for sleeping and one for reading/relaxing.
  • Need extra storage to make your room clutter-free, crisp, and oh-so clean.
  • Want your window view unobstructed for maximum sunlight and views.

Master Bedroom Layout Idea #2: Bedroom with a Home Office

Master bedroom layout #2 features a more industrial take on rustic style. This design is slightly edgier, offering a more masculine version of the rustic look. It uses raw, rugged materials, like metal and unfinished wood, to give it a cozy, cabin-like feel with a downtown twist.

All the furniture features a contemporary vibe, with sharp angles, straight lines, and no decorative ornament to be found. The bold patterns and high contrast color palette help add visual texture and make the overall style feel tailored and cohesive.

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The key elements:

Bed on the long wall. Placing the bed in front of the windows on the long wall leaves the entire front of the room wide open for other purposes. This is better if you like your sleeping spot tucked away from the main entrance for a more secluded vibe.

TV viewing. Having the bed positioned here is also ideal for TV viewing against the opposite wall. We opted against using a tall bed frame for this layout so it wouldn’t block any light or view from the window.

Desk area. This layout left plenty of space in the front of the room for a desk/work area—perfect if you need a home office and don’t have a separate room for it. We used a leaning wall shelf with a built-in desk to stay in line with the minimalist look, but there’s enough room for any desk of your choice! Just try to steer clear of heavy, clunky furniture with a style like this.

Tons of storage. The master bedroom layout also allows for tons of storage in addition to the desk. We were able to fit two dressers in addition to the nightstands, desk, and even some extra seating with the bench at the end of the bed!

Will this layout work for you? Yes if…

  • You want to watch TV in bed. The bed is ideally situated across from the TV for watching your favorite shows before the lights go off.
  • Want distinct areas in your space. Here two area rugs create two rooms in one—a sleeping area and a workspace.
  • You love raw materials and minimal ornamentation.
  • Cool, high-contrast industrial spaces are your jam. Bonus points if you love anything that makes a bold statement!

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Tour this Home Designed in Decadent Bohemian Elegance

bohemian designWhen you think of boho style, you generally think of rooms full of bright colors, bold textiles, and tons of greenery. There’s probably also designs with Spanish influences and organic touches.

You’ll still find all of those elements inside this home designed in Bohemian Elegance. Except rather than taking center stage, they’re much more subdued. That means landscape art in black and white, plants in white ceramics, traditional rugs with global textiles, and clean-lined furniture with rustic-organic pieces.

It might all sound a tad formal, but the rooms are far from that. While Bohemian Elegance has a pared-down, curated feel, it also has the openness and free-spirited ease of boho-style homes.

Still not sure how that all plays out? Read on to peek inside a home our designers dreamed up that captures this idea of Bohemian Elegance—which we’re seeing as a trend that’s on the rise. And don’t miss our tips for bringing the look into your spaces.

The Entryway

From the moment you step into our Bohemian Elegance home, you’re in an entry that showcases a lesson in curation and sets the tone for the rest of the space.

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The Key Elements:

Make subtle nods to nature. It’s about minimal styling and finishing touches that bring the outdoors in. Think black-and-white landscape art and greenery and plants arranged in smooth, white ceramics.

Add boho details. Go for interesting boho elements, like the apogee arch shape of the floor mirror here and the kilim rug in muted desert hues. They’ll complement your natural accents while keeping the overall minimal vibe.

Play with color and contrast. Mix black and white with hushed colors for a palette that balances boho and contemporary. It’s a discerning approach that demonstrates how you can add high impact through restraint.

boho decorThe Living Room

When it comes to the main living area, it’s all about combining eclectic style with rustic elements. There’s a mix of warm materials and mid-century designs, layers of soft global colors and patterns, and it’s all symmetrically laid out. The result is a boho vibe that’s carefully curated.

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The Key Elements:

Mix materials and shapes. Bohemian Elegance is about the eclectic materials and textures combined with classic, clean-lined designs. It’s what creates the signature dynamic and layered look. Think a mid-century chair with tan leather and a crisp sofa piled with colorful boho pillows.

Pattern up in earth tones. Aim for a neutral but warm color palette, so go big with earth tones. Warm leather and wood tones will pop next to patterns in indigo, rusty red, and inky grays. Try anchoring your room with a vintage distressed rug that has a large-scale pattern in desert hues.

Organize with symmetry. There’s an unexpected approach to styling in boho spaces. This gets even more structured with the Bohemian Elegance look. Lean into symmetry with two facing mid-century sofas and a pair of matching leather chairs. They’ll provide a streamlined base that lets you layer in boho accents and colors without it all looking haphazard.

bohemian eleganceThe Corner Nook

Every home needs a corner spotlight that succinctly showcases the style of your home, be it a reading nook, a gallery wall, or a comfy resting spot off to the side of your living room.

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The Key Elements:

Add a statement piece. An anchor piece is always a good idea when you’re trying to bring focus to a corner. Consider a light-wood bench when you’re going for an elegant bohemian design. It will captivate and tie in the style of the home nicely—especially when it’s piled with fun graphic pillows.

Get eclectic with vertical space. It’s easy to go heavy on the floor and furniture accents and forget about the walls. Fill out your space with a tall plant and an art piece that feels unexpected but ties in the nature theme, as in this tiger print.

Play up an open vibe. Minimal styling is the surefire way to set off a corner area without it taking away from your overall living space. Go with a softer palette of neutrals and keep your accents bold but airy, like a bench that has an open-base design.

eclectic style dining roomThe Dining Room

In case you missed it, we recently called out the rise of the Minimalist-Maximalist trend. Bohemian Elegance plays with elements of that trend also, as in this dining space that combines bold wood and metal designs with simple silhouettes.

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The Key Elements:

Show off natural textures. There’s no better place to let textures shine, like the wood grain table, the woven chairs, and the polished-metal cabinet and pendant here. The key is making sure to balance them so no one element outplays another. You can do that by pulling in designs with these materials that also have bold shapes.

Get linear and sculptural. Boho style favors sinuous shapes and eye-catching art and colors. Here, they’re pared-down without losing any of the boho-style charms. Lean into abstract linework art and clean-lined chairs instead to play up that casual mix of fun forms.

Keep it lightly accented. With so much texture and strong shapes, it’s easy to overwhelm a space so make sure to only pull in only accents that add a bold note. And keep them minimal for an open, relaxed vibe in your living room. It’s about being high-impact and approachable.

boho bedroom decorThe Bedroom

Playful meets polished in the bedroom, where relaxed and eclectic furnishings and accents come together. It’s an unusual mix that includes a tailored bed and midcentury-style pendant, boho pillows and rug with a classic bench. It all adds up to a bohemian design that’s elegant and charming.

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The Key Elements:

Layer up with eclectic comfort. Mismatched frames, piles of patterned pillows, a large vase for the floor… It’s all about combining quintessential boho design elements with classic pieces that are big on comfort. Just be sure to keep your palette consistent with the rest of your home.

Pull in a captivating light. The best way to bring the mid-century vibe into the bedroom is to add a sputnik chandelier. This gives off a light and airy feel and looks like a dandelion puff—which is just oh-so-perfectly boho!

Embrace light and dark. Finally, with bedroom furnishings, it’s about balancing formal and relaxed pieces, foundations that are big on comfort and accents with personality. Contrast traditional nightstands and a formal bed or bench with a punchy rug and eclectic art, all of which will play up the eye-catching effect.

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Home Tour: Explore This Dreamy Winter Retreat Designed in Cozy, Rustic Style

winter retreat home tourThe holidays are over, it’s cold and dreary out… welcome to peak winter months. You know what that means: We’re in full hibernation mode and in need of some winter home design tips.

Now’s the time of year when we live for the quiet mornings curled up with a throw and a cup of tea and those cozy nights by the fire with a book. We’re also craving cozy winter-style rooms layered with comfy furnishings, plush pillows and textiles, and lots of earthy elements. Think natural textures mixed with light upholstery and raw woods, soothing neutrals combined with organic shapes and rustic designs. It all adds up to our idea of the perfect winter hideaway that we don’t mind being cooped up in from now until spring.

Here, we’ve brought that dream space to life with an inviting retreat that captures all those elements and more. Come for a room-by-room tour of this winter retreat and get inspiration for a winter decor refresh in your own home.

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winter home designThe Entryway

From the moment you step inside, light-wood furnishings with mid-century notes and a mix of natural materials and woven textures abound. These elements set the stage for the modern-rustic tone and sense of ease throughout the home.

rustic entrywayThe Key Entryway Elements:

Patterned woven textures. What makes baskets and natural-fiber rugs appear extra cozy are designs with patterns. Think geometrics and stripes, which lend a warm, visual element.

Sculptural natural woods. Your foyer is the perfect showcase for wood pieces that have organic silhouettes. More than in any space, they’ll add focus and leave a strong impression in your entryway.

Artisanal modern-rustic touches. From big pieces, like a spindle bench, to carved wood trays and homespun ceramics, these handmade elements are details that instantly cozy up any entry.

winter home design The Living Room

Cozy and serene, the living room evokes the look and feel of an elegant farmhouse with a spa-like vibe. The palette is comprised of soft neutrals, the textures are breezy and sumptuous, and curated furnishings keep the space feeling light and airy. Talk about the perfect winter decor escape.

The Key Living Room Elements:

Solid hues with subtle lines. For a calming space that hits the perfect modern-rustic note, opt for furnishings like slipcovered sofas and clean-lined leather chairs, in quiet solid hues. These make for the perfect mix of comfort and bold that also looks serene and sophisticated.

Light upholstery, big textures. Solid upholstery in light colors doesn’t necessarily mean basic textures. Go for durable linen and luxe leather as well as chunky natural fibers. They compliment the soothing lines of the furniture by introducing a comfy and cozy touch.

White on off-whites. There are white-on-white moments elsewhere, but in the living room, it’s all about varying the crisp tone with off-whites and beiges. Why? It plays beautifully with the leather, fabric upholstery, natural fibers, and rustic fireplace and shiplap walls.

cozy winter reading nookThe Reading Nook

No winter home design is complete without a cozy nook (or two or three). And our home is no exception, although instead of lots of furnishings, we took a pared-down approach. A crisp slipcover armchair ready with a warm throw and raw wood accents lend a sense of Scandinavian calm and ease.

The Key Nook Elements:

Classic curvy chair. Rather than a rectangular armchair, pick a piece that hugs the body all around and makes for an easy place to curl up. Add a throw and you’re good to go for the winter months ahead.

Raw wood elements. With just the right amount in a small nook, raw wood accents and finishing touches can provide warm rustic appeal as well as a soothing, toned-down vibe.

Fine-line art and details. Instead of graphic art, elegant line drawings and prints make for a softer, more neutral alternative. They lend intrigue without overwhelming a small rustic space.

winter dining roomThe Dining Room

When it comes to a warm wintry gathering spot, tap into the Danish sentiment of Hygge, which celebrates all things simple, beautiful, and cozy. Scandinavian-inspired dining furniture along with pretty woven accents and ceramics in organic shapes will usher in the quiet ethos perfectly.

The Key Dining Room Elements:

Streamlined Scandi designs. Chic Danish Modern pieces and designs with Scandinavian influences will drive the Hygge aesthetic home. It’s all about keeping it curated and opting for fewer pieces that are simple and beautiful.

Minimal accents. Truly embrace the less is more aesthetic. It’s about pulling back on accessories and bringing in only pieces that inspire a feeling of joy, comfort, and coziness.

Textural focal points. Whether it’s a woven light fixture or a serene painting and tall vase, layer accents that play up colors and textures. It’s a subtle way to bring depth to a minimalist space.

winter decor bedroomThe Bedroom

A luxurious and heavily layered bedroom is the true heart of a winter home. Because let’s face it, this is the one space we’ll be spending the most time in, morning and night. That means soft textures galore, colors that soothe, and a room that’s endlessly cozy and filled with natural light.

The Key Bedroom Elements:

Lots of cozy layers. This goes without saying. Winter calls for piles of pillows, throws, and textiles on textiles. Fur blankets, chunky knits, wool duvets… you name the texture, there’s a place for it here. Another essential cozy element? Pops of leafy greenery.

The most neutral palette. More than any other room, the bedroom should have a crisp neutral palette. It’s all about whites and grays. The key is to give it a wintry cool look that feels luxe and comfy.

A hint of high-contrast color. With all the white and grays, hints of black will help ground the room and give it more dimension. The best accent is a fluffy Moroccan rug or a modern black-framed mirror that reflects light but also makes for a sculptural focus.

 

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9 Rustic Dining Room Ideas That Are Ready for Fall

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Fall is in full swing, and that means hosting season is right around the corner! So if you’re thinking about giving your dining room a refresh (or a total overhaul!), now is the perfect time to get started. So in the spirit of the season, we’ve dreamed up some dining room looks that are ready for all the dinner parties and holiday gatherings ahead!

And when it comes to cozy dining spaces, you can’t beat the warm, relaxed ease that comes with a rustic style dining space. It’s family-friendly by nature, well-suited for large gatherings, and creates that comfy, homey vibe that speaks perfectly to fall. But there’s so much more to rustic than plaid and wood. Read on to see nine different rustic dining room ideas along with tips for bringing each look into your own home.

dining tableThe Look: Farmhouse Elegance

This elegant take on rustic farmhouse style is tried-and-true and it’s a look even Joanna Gaines would approve of. And if it’s good enough for Jo, what’s left to consider?

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The Key Elements

This is the kind of rustic dining room that checks all the boxes: Plaid textiles, weathered woods, classic Americana furnishings, like Windsor chairs or a turned leg table. There’s also a touch of industrial mixed into this look, so remember to opt for a steely light fixture or a sturdy glass-and-metal china cabinet if this is the look you’re going for.

As for the palette, it’s okay to go high-contrast. Think black combined with navy and white, which makes for a moodier take on a classic color scheme. It will all add up to a space that’s warm and welcoming and beautifully put-together.

Perfect For…

Anyone who loves the updated farmhouse look and feel. This approach is also surprisingly family-friendly without coming off as overly function-oriented, thanks to the strong industrial and Americana touches.

 

dining tableThe Look: Modern Rustic

One of the most popular looks among Modsy customers, this approach mixes rustic and mid-century elements together for a fresh take on rustic style.

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The Key Elements

A modern rustic dining room is all about the shapes and textures. You’ll find weathered woods and modern elements, such as brass and clean-lined ceramics, along with classic vintage Mid-century Modern forms (think iconic Wishbone chairs). Stick to warm hues that accentuate the rich wood tones. A vintage traditional rug in a warm palette will also make for the perfect anchor piece to ground the space.

Perfect For…

Those of you who like a rustic vibe but want a room the incorporates on-trend modern designs. If you love this look, also check out these colorful modern rustic ideas. This is the perfect set-up also if you love hosting big dinners and gatherings!

dining tableThe Look: Classic Rustic

If a more classic, feminine take on rustic is more up your alley, consider this light, whimsical approach to furnishings and colors in your dining room.

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The Key Elements

White-washed woods, light linens, and ornate designs are the foundation of the classic rustic dining room. Go for chairs that have traditional shapes but are upholstered in linen that give them a rustic spin. Consider a round pedestal wood table to pay up a more intimate vibe. And a rustic wood chandelier will really deliver the classic tone that sets the look apart.

Just be sure to keep to a super neutral palette or soft pastels (like eggshell blue). Those will go nicely with pops of gold and brass that add shine and warmth.

Perfect For…

More intimate and formal affairs. And if you like the warm comforts of a traditional rustic interior, such as that found in grand southern homes, this one’s for you.

dining roomThe Look: French-Country Formal

Bring in a bit of rustic countryside charm in your dining room with relaxed but slightly formal pieces. You’ll have a light and airy space that’s equally warm and welcoming.

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The Key Elements

Slipcover chairs are key to this look as is an antique-looking dining table in washed or worn wood. They’ll come together for a polished, slightly more feminine look that’s not too heavy or old-fashioned.

There’s also a bit of boldness to this style. After all, it wouldn’t be French Country inspired without a bit of ornate drama and flair. So hang a wood and crystal chandelier and bring in a large floor-to-ceiling mirror or sculptural wall piece for captivating focal points. Keep lighting neutral and natural hues here to really play up a sense of crispness and country charm.

Perfect For…

Those of you who obviously love the French Country look. But this is also a great dining room design if you enjoy hosting large gatherings in a space that’s formal but not stuffy. It’s a perfect balance.

rustic warmth dining roomThe Look: Urban Rustic

This is a popular look you’ve probably seen all over Instagram and Pinterest. There’s a minimalist quality to these rustic spaces, which immediately bring to mind a townhouse or brownstone in an urban city.

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The Key Elements

Start with a modern streamlined wood table. The linear form will be the anchor piece in the overall space. Pair it with mid-century-style chairs, like these Windsor-inspired designs, to continue the airy look and feel.

Otherwise, keep the rest of the room minimally styled, with sculptural light fixtures, and contemporary art and decor pieces that have bold shapes to bring in a modern edge. The idea is to balance out the few rustic and industrial furnishings with more eclectic accents that give it a cool, curated look.

Perfect For…

Those of you who love the modern farmhouse look but with an edge. Also if you’re a city-dweller who appreciates a few good design pieces and not a lot of clutter, this more minimalist approach will work beautifully for you.

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The Look: Scandinavian Simplicity

If you’re a devout minimalist and the urban rustic look isn’t spare enough for you, then this less-is-more approach might be. This is the kind of simplicity that would give Marie Kondo a run for her money.

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The Key Elements

Matching Scandinavian-style tables and chairs in light, blonde wood along with a complementing bench is really all you need as foundational pieces. From there, it’s all about playing up textures in every way possible—a jute rug, a cozy throw, a farmhouse light fixture…

When in doubt, just remember form follows function is the vibe you’re going for here, so keep it simple, clean-lined, and always unfussy.

Perfect For…

Scandinavian design enthusiasts or anyone who loves the look but want a cozier version of the simple, minimalist look.

coastal rustic diningThe Look: Coastal California Rustic

The name says it all and it’s probably a look you’re all too familiar with. It’s an easy blend of rustic beachside ease with polished California style.

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The Key Elements

Relaxed and refined, breezy and beautiful, this look is all about the balance of laid-back and luxe style. There are light-washed woods, woven accents, and natural textures galore, as well as a cool ocean-inspired blue-and-white palette. Pull in rattan chairs and a crisp white table instead of a wood one for an elevated rustic look.

You also have a little liberty with layering in some boho elements, be it a stylish sideboard with a global aesthetic or an embellished light fixture. Finish it with some nautical rope and art to tie it back to the coastal look.

Perfect For…

Those who love a relaxed dining space that’s made for big casual gatherings. There’s no formal seating and the atmosphere is easy, fun, and unhurried—but it’s still a dining space that has chic style.

rustic dining roomThe Look: Rustic Contemporary

Probably the sleekest of the bunch, this look is light on rustic and heavy on bold, streamlined designs. It’s our idea of contemporary style with just the right amount of warmth.

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The Key Elements

Contrast is key here. And we’re talking contrast in materials, such as lighter woods paired with really dark metals and tight linen upholstery. Also, make sure to mix together strong, sculptural furniture shapes—think a globe light fixture with curvy dining chairs, a round mirror, and a sharp angular sideboard. The true rustic touch should come from a traditional farmhouse trestle table. Then, just remember to keep the styling and palette minimal with a range of muted neutrals.

Perfect For…

Contemporary design lovers who love the sleek look but also want a space that feels welcoming. If you’re also not big on entertaining but enjoy hosting small meaningful gatherings with close friends now and again, consider this approach.

dining roomThe Look: Rustic Warmth

If you know us, you know that our most popular interiors capture our Rustic Warmth style. Not only is it super cozy and welcoming it’s also incredibly versatile in terms of style and decor, making it a perfectly family-friendly approach that still looks tailored and pulled-together.

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The Key Elements

You’ll want to start with the materials and color scheme here, and you should draw from the autumnal outdoors. Bring in darker woods and natural woven textures and bursts of yellow and orange tones.

Keep to classic farmhouse furnishings, such as x-back chairs, a communal table, traditional bar cabinet, and bamboo roman shades. Then just layer in rustic art and accents that play up a fall cabin vibe, such as colored glass vases, a barn clock, old weather vane, and rustic candlesticks.

Perfect For…

Anyone who’s all for bringing the fall spirit into your home in a big way. This is the ultimate arrangement for seasonal entertaining, be it brunch for four or potluck for a dozen family and friends.

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Bedroom Ideas for a Room With Lots of Doors and Windows

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So the good news is you have a bedroom with tons of windows and closet space! Natural light and extra storage are two major perks when it comes to designing the bedroom of your dreams. The flipside? There are doors and windows on every wall. “Where do I put the bed?” “What’s the right bedroom layout?” “What if I want to add a TV?” These are all valid questions and this design challenge may leave you flabbergasted and feeling like you don’t know where to begin.

But fear not – with a little creativity, you can definitely find a design and layout that makes the most of any quirky space! Don’t let the double-edged sword of extra storage space and sunshine bring you down. With the right layout, you can easily fit all your important furniture, make sure there’s enough floor space to move through the room, AND make it look great! In fact, our designers came up with three creative ideas for a rustic and cozy bedroom layout with doors and windows on every wall. Take a look and pick one that you like best!

bedroomLayout Idea #1

The main goal in our bedroom layout #1 is to make room for a king bed. This is a bedroom that’s meant for lounging, so it’s perfect if you’re a couple that likes to watch TV in bed! The bed is situated against the back wall, which is the largest wall in the room. It’s big enough to comfortably fit a king-size bed with a nightstand on each side. The small space across from the bed is just large enough to fit a dresser that doubles as a TV stand.

On the window side of the room, we added a bench under the windows for extra seating. We also tucked a floor-length mirror into the corner for a natural-light filled dressing spot! Plus, the mirror gives the illusion of a bigger space. There’s also plenty of floor space to walk throughout the room and plenty of bed space for cozy movie nights.

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bedroomWhy This Bedroom Layout Works

The only way to fit a large bed into this room is to place it flush against the larger back wall. That way there’s plenty of room for two nightstands without crowding the space. With plenty of clearance on all three sides of the bed, it’s easy to navigate the space. The TV at the foot of the bed is perfect for watching your favorite late-night shows while you’re snuggled up!

We added a bench against the window wall to provide extra seating as well as a catchall spot for putting on shoes, clothes, etc. It’s low enough so it doesn’t block any of the natural light from flowing in. We put a full-length mirror in the corner by the window to make use of an awkward corner and create a well-lit dressing area.

bedroomLayout Idea #2

This design places more importance on seating than having a giant bed. We put a queen-size bed against the smaller side wall next to the door. There’s less space on this wall so it leaves room for only one nightstand, but it also offers more floor space and a nice view out the windows from your bed.

The blue and white color palette keeps the room feeling airy and cool. And the neutral furnishings help maintain a sense of openness and serenity – perfect for a bedroom oasis. Plus, with two armchairs there is extra seating for a reading nook or cozy place to hang before you’re ready for bed.

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bedroom doorWhy This Bedroom Layout Works

This layout makes use of the small bedroom wall next to the door by fitting a queen-sized bed with one nightstand. It makes a perfectly cozy spot to lay in bed and enjoy views out the windows to the great outdoors. The smaller bed also leaves room for a large dresser, which we placed in front of the windows. It’s low enough to not block any of the natural light but also provides tons of extra storage.

There is also enough room to fit two armchairs for extra comfy bedroom lounging. These make a great spot for curling up with a book. There’s no TV in this layout because it’s all about maximizing your view. Simple forms and darker woods and accents help add depth and warmth to space. And the textures of the woods, rug, and bedding, along with accents like wicker baskets, make the room feel extra plush and cozy.

bedroom mirrorLayout Idea #3

This layout idea has the most unconventional placement with the bed in front of the windows. The big windows let the sunlight pour in so you know when it’s time to rise and shine. We chose a design with a cane headboard that lets the light seep through so it doesn’t block out any sun but you can also opt for a lower headboard that doesn’t block the window as much. And, if you’re a super light sleeper or don’t want to get up with the sun, make sure to add curtains that will block the morning light.

The contrast of bright white and neutrals with a few blue accents creates an elegant, refined look for your bedroom. The mix of light and dark wood grains and the use of natural textures and fabrics keep the look from feeling too cold or austere. The bed faces the door which helps leave the far wall open for a large dresser and an armchair for an extra seating nook!

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Why This Bedroom Layout Works

Even though it’s a little unconventional, keeping the bed against the windows frees up tons of space in the room! Placing a contrasting rug under the bed partitions space so your bed doesn’t feel like it’s floating in the center of the room. Plus, the rug helps anchor the room so you can design around it. With the bed against a long wall, there’s plenty of room for two nightstands and you get to enjoy the morning light in all its glory.

This positioning leaves room for a larger dresser and armchair on the opposite wall. It would be hard to fit these large items with the bed anywhere else. And, this layout gives you the option to mount a TV on the wall if you’re someone who loves a cozy movie in bed. It’s a great layout for someone who wants plenty of floor space and a more unique approach to designing your space.

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Dream Home Ideas: A Pure Haven of Rustic Warmth

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When it comes down to it, our signature Rustic Warmth style is defined by its cozy vibes and comfy furnishings that truly make a house a home. A perfectly curated rustic-relaxed mix sums up the look. Think family-friendly upholstery, warm wood tones, sleek industrial elements, and a dash of antique charm. It all adds up to a home that would even make Chip and Jo swoon.

If you love the Rustic Warmth style but don’t know how to bring the look to life, don’t fret. These rooms are always guided by comfort, so as long as you keep that in mind as your north star, you’re sure to nail the look. And pulling together the right furnishings and accents are actually much easier (and faster) than it seems.

Get inspired by the rustic haven our designers dreamed up below. And to help you get started on your own project, we’ve broken out each room with tips for bringing the look into your own home. Come along for the Rustic Warmth style home tour!

rustic warmth entryThe Entry

It’s easy to know when you’ve stepped inside a Rustic Warmth styled home. Starting with the entry, it has the look and feel of that elegant, light-filled farmhouse you’ve seen a million times on Instagram and Pinterest. It also has a way of immediately establishing a sense of ease with big comfort. Cozy accents abound, from durable rugs to inviting art and textiles, and a neutral palette plays up a calming air.

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rustic warmth entryThe Key Entry Elements

Start With Function. For as good as rustic interiors look, they’re always designed for comfort and function. A slender console and spindle bench turn this entry into the perfect welcome spot. The console serves as a convenient catchall while the Windsor-style bench, a contemporary take with washed light wood, makes for the ideal pass-through seating.

Go Big on Rustic Accents. No need to hold back even if it is the entry. Rustic Warmth style is all about layering in small accents that play up cozy patterns. So pile on the plaid and mud cloth pillows, global-style rugs and natural fibers, and botanical art and weather wood frames. Just remember to keep everything cohesive with a neutral color palette.

Mix Warm and Sleek. To instantly set the Rustic Warmth tone in your home, play up a mix of metals and warm textures. Consider hanging a sleek metal pendant light to start. Then mix in a woven lamp and baskets galore, which will add functional storage as well as dial up the warmth.

living roomThe Living Room

The Rustic Warmth living room isn’t all rustic. What defines it is a considered blend of comfortable upholstery along with relaxed accents. It’s the kind of space you can spend hours in with kids or host an evening gathering with friends. The pieces have a way of putting anyone at ease.

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living roomThe Key Living Room Elements

Set a Strong Foundation. A sturdy and comfortable sofa is essential in the Rustic Warmth living room. It’s a grounding piece that prioritizes comfort and makes way for piles of plush pillows. Ditto the armchairs and accent seating you pull in to go alongside the sofa. These should be generously sized with deep seats, and if they have vintage appeal, even better! Crisp white upholstery never fails to add to the overall welcoming vibe.

Get into Your Materials. And this isn’t limited to just textured pillows; it extends to all the small details. Consider raw unfinished wood furniture frames, linen upholstery and throws, a jute rug and woven ottomans, and even hefty metal accents. It’s all the materials and textures you’ll find in your dream farmhouse space.

Finish With Lush Touches. With so many materials and textures at play, lively greenery and botanical notes will round out the look. Think tall eucalyptus branches in floor vases for corners and a healthy array of landscape and the floral art, which will further add rustic charm.

dining roomThe Dining Room

Ease and elegance are at the heart of the dining room, where traditional farmhouse style and industrial elements are the focus. But the mix is far from formal. Instead, a cozy palette along with large-scale furnishings make this a perfect gathering spot for casual family meals and big dinner parties with friends alike.

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rustic warmth The Key Dining Room Elements

Try a Modern Rustic Palette. With the dining room, creating a space that feels warm but not too farmhouse-like means leaning into a crisp, modern color story. For the Rustic Warmth look, a combination of black, white, and warm wood tones is a surefire formula that always delivers. Go with chairs that have black metal details and mix it with white slipcovered seats; bring in black-and-white equestrian photography and pair it with a patterned jute rug in similar shades. Then be sure to use large wood anchor pieces, as in the console cabinet and dining table here.

Multiply Your Light Sources. Fixtures above the dining table are a given, but they’re often not enough. To play up the rustic look, some metallic sconces and a table lamp will give the dining space the same homey feel as the rest of the space. Last but not least, don’t forget that a mirror can also act as a great light source since it reflects rays around the room. Choose a round mirror for maximum effect.

Think Beyond Dining. What makes a Rustic Warmth style dining room stand out is that it’s not a space designed purely for entertaining and dining. Comfy living room elements, such as a settee, woven side table, and a spindle chair are great additions for further instilling a homey atmosphere.

rustic warmth The Office

What we love most about this home office is the shiplap walls, which sport a coat of gray paint that switches the look up from its normal white-washed vibe. It creates a cozier atmosphere that’s more in line with the Rustic Warmth look. Coupled with all the natural light, this home office is at once an inspiring workspace and hideaway.

The Key Office Elements

Contrast With Warm Tones. While everywhere else in the home is all about cozy neutrals, the office is a space where you can layer in warmer tones to keep it from feeling too formal of a workspace. Try a rustic, cozy red rug that instantly gives the space a welcoming, lived-in vibe. A dark bookcase will help to emphasize the beautiful contrast.

Pull in Lots of Chairs. Resting spots defined by different comfy seating will do wonders to elevate and ease up any home office space. The idea is that it will inspire and encourage breaks from your work desk. Try mixing it up with an office chair, a plump armchair, and even a rocking chair, which will add lovely antique elegance that adds more contrast.

Get Personal With Accents. More than any space in the home, your office is the place to put your favorite personal objects on display. Whether it’s meaningful photographs or books, display them as decor in your home office. If you want to take the rustic look to the next level, try covering your books in paper to give your shelves a streamlined monochrome look.

rustic warmth bedroomThe Master Bedroom

For the perfect Rustic Warmth style bedroom, it’s all about pieces that have major rustic style. They don’t have to be large, but they should make a bold rustic statement, be it a metal-and-wood framed bed or a captivating photo or a floor-length mirror. Likewise, you want to layer lots of soft textures to play up outsize comfort.

bedroomThe Key Master Bedroom Elements

Lean into Industrial. There’s room to go for a slightly more industrial take on rustic in the bedroom, where statement furniture pieces can add plenty of warmth. Sleek designs with strong angles, such as the clean-lined bed and nightstands along with the dresser, give this master bedroom a warm, inviting look that’s far from steely.

Soften Sharp Lines. With so many bold angles, you’ll want to layer in lots of soft textiles (even a woven bench) for a soft touch that takes the edge off of the sleek silhouettes. Take all materials into consideration, from wool to leather to knit textiles. These details will work nicely alongside their industrial counterparts.

Make Minimal (a little) Colorful. It’s all about having a neutral or little color with the Rustic Warmth look, but it never means stark black and white. As you saw with the dining room, warm wood tones and leathers can make for natural colors that add immense warmth. Use those to ease up the sharp furniture shapes in the bedroom. If the all-white bed is starting to look too crisp, a pop of pink or blue or bright primary shade can work wonderfully. Just one bright hue, though!

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Style Spotlight: How to Get the Rustic Minimalist Look

You heard it here first: Rustic minimalism is a trend on the rise. What is rustic minimalism? Well, as its name indicates, this look combines elements of both rustic and minimal design styles and merges them into one space. What results are cool, spare rooms warmed up with bold but neutral colors and natural materials. You’ll also notice this look has a touch of rustic charm and a hint of industrial flair. Ultimately, this style combines pared-down vintage elements in a calm, monochromatic palette for a look that’s gender-neutral and inviting.

Ready to move in? We’ve got you covered! Read on to get the scoop on our stylists’ seven best tips to help you get the look in your own home.

rustic minimalist bedroom1. Go With Natural Materials

To really nail the rustic side of rustic minimalism, opt for furniture and decor accents that show off what they’re made of. Natural materials like unfinished wood, ceramics, metals, stone, jute, and linen are all great places to start.

Art that showcases the natural world is another way to pull the rustic vibe into your space – like this photograph of the Icelandic landscape.

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rustic minimalist living room2. Prioritize Comfort

Rustic minimalism is a style that’s meant to be lived in. That means it should be full of cozy, comfortable elements that make your room an inviting gathering space. For your base furniture, pick pieces that put comfort front and center – like this oversized sectional sofa. But don’t snooze on the fact that this sofa still has clean lines, which plays into the minimal side of this style. Layers of plush textiles and pillows will help up the comfort factor.

But to keep your room from feeling too weighty, you’ll want to balance out heavy and airy furniture, striking the right balance and contrast. For example, you can balance out the more substantial sofa with a minimal coffee table. Or, consider this accent chair: while still comfortable, it has a more modern frame that keeps the look lighter.

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office3. Add Warmth with Wood and Leather

We love the way that textiles can transform and warm up a whole space. Without the leather of the chairs, this office would feel very cool and industrial. But the addition of these chairs – along with the wicker baskets on the bookshelf and the palm leaf plant basket in the corner – changes the vibe in the best possible way.

Natural wood and leather tones add warmth throughout a room and will keep your rustic minimalist space from feeling cold or sterile, but they also won’t detract from the overall style! (Curtains and rugs are another great way to add warmth and texture.) And speaking of warmth, we love the way plants warm up a room and add a pop of color.

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office4. Stick to Frill-Free Furniture

To get this look, you’ll want to stay away from ornate decor and more traditionally shaped pieces, instead favoring sleek, clean lines. What results is a look that feels both current and gender-neutral. We love the wood and upholstery in this room, which together strikes the perfect balance of minimal and warm.

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dining room5. Go High-Contrast With Wall Color

Rustic minimalist design can feel spare. To keep it minimal but add a bold note, try painting a wall in a dark neutral. This could be an accent wall or the whole space. Either way, it will add a cozy vibe that’s right at home in rustic spaces but also strikes a bold note. It also creates the perfect backdrop for your art and decor to do the talking!

Bonus: a dark wall also makes wood and brass elements pop! Afraid of the room feeling too dark? You can add some life and color with a bright patterned rug.

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rustic minimalist living room6. Add Pops of Pattern and Eclectic Art

Rustic styles tend to feel more traditional – but to achieve the modern side of rustic minimalism, mix in fresh and contemporary elements to make it of-the-moment. We love an eclectic mix of organic patterns and playful art! A gallery wall is a great way to push your look more modern and trendy, and it gives you the opportunity to mix and match art styles to create a look that is all your own.

But don’t stop at wall art! Use textiles like throw pillows and blankets – but opt for patterns in the same color scheme to keep with the minimal vibe. We brought this to life in this room through using pops of black, white, and grey in the pillows, rug, and art.

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rustic minimalist bedroom7. Go Industrial With Your Lighting Fixtures

Remember how we said the rustic minimalist style has a slight industrial element to it? Well, you can usually spot this in the light fixtures.

Pieces made of metal, with a factory vibe, are key to this style. These matte black sconces are the perfect mix of rustic and industrial chic – but with a modern shape, they also add to the minimal vibe.

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Layout Guide: Two Ways to Fill a Large Open Living Room

large open living room layout ideasIn our “Layout Guides” series you’ll find layout solutions for rooms of all shapes and sizes. Often the trickiest part of designing a space, finding the right layout for your room can be a challenge. This week we’re looking at a large open living room and finding two layouts that make use of the open space.

The Space: A 20×25 large open living room

Style: Rustic Warmth

The Challenge: Designing a large open living room with a fireplace and floor to ceiling windows on every wall.

We talk a lot about the trials of designing small spaces – but large, open rooms can be just as tricky! Filling a big space requires some smart planning to make sure that the space feels functional, has flow, and doesn’t feel like a large empty room. In addition to having the right furniture for a large, open living room, you also want to find a layout that makes the best use of the space. Check out the following ideas for outfitting this huge living room with a layout that works.

large open living roomIdea #1: The TV Viewing Layout

Layout #1 for our large open living room, centers around a 4-piece sectional sofa – the perfect solution for a room of this size. Instead of pushing it against the wall (which might be your first instinct), we floated the sectional in the middle of the room. This not only helps fill up the space, but it also better accommodates TV viewing by moving the seating closer to the TV.

In addition to the large size, all the walls in this room have windows, which is a real design challenge. Pulling the sofa away from the walls is a great solve for this conundrum. Plus, you can use the space behind the sofa for a kids’ play area that’s part of the main living room action but doesn’t take over the space.

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Why This Large Open Living Room Layout Works

We chose an L-shaped sectional because it creates the ideal layout where both the TV and fireplace are focal points of the room. To make use of the open space diagonal from the sofa, we included an intimate conversation corner. This makes use of the open space next to the fireplace and provides extra seating.

Additionally, the swivel chairs offer flexibility to the design. They chairs can face each other, turn toward the fireplace, or swivel toward the center of the room. It’s the perfect living room layout for creating flow and functionality in a large living room.

large open living roomThis Is Great If You…

  • Want a living room with plenty of seating options.
  • Like an ideal setup for TV viewing and cozying around the fireplace.
  • Need a tucked away space for kids to play.
  • Love maintaining the wide, open flow of the space.

large open living roomIdea #2 – The Entertaining Layout

If you love entertaining at home, this is a great setup for you. The design makes use of two sofas and two armchairs for plenty of comfy seating. The twin sofas feel more formal than a sectional, but provide just as many seats.

This layout for our large open living room directs the focus to the center of the room so that the fireplace and view outside are on full display. A great multi-purpose space hack, the backs of the sofas also help divide the room and create a distinct “living zone” even while the room is completely open.

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Why This Large Open Living Room Layout Works

A bench behind the sofa adds extra storage and helps create distinction between the living room and the space behind it. And you can always pull the bench into the main living area for extra seating in a pinch! The two poufs can be used as footrests for the armchairs or as additional seating as well.

Potted plants on opposite sides of the room help to fill the empty corners and add a pop of color to the space. The layered rugs are a great choice for a large room because the smaller rug on top adds pattern and color, while the jute rug underneath helps add coverage and texture. Plus, jute is much more affordable, especially in sizes as large as this room calls for.

large open living room layoutThis Is Great If You…

  • Need a room with tons of seating.
  • Love to entertain at home.
  • Don’t want a TV to be the center of attention in your living room.
  • Like a clean, uncluttered look with neutral tones.
  • Want a more formal vibe than a casual sectional sofa provides.

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Dream Home Tour: A Cool Take On Modern Lake House Style

lake house styleThe peak of summer has us dreaming of weekend getaways near and far, from breezy beach houses to charming country homes. Right now in particular, we’re craving the quiet comforts of a lake house. And not just any lake house style. Rather than the typical log cabin home that might come to mind, we’re envisioning a light, bright, airy retreat that’s anything but woodsy.

For us, the perfect lake house is a little rustic, a touch industrial, and boldly modern. The interiors blend together striking design, high-contrast accents, and inviting earth tones. The rooms have a sense of ease and warmth to them that is all anchored by a feeling of livable comfort. It all adds up to a modern lake house style that’s captivating and cozy all at once.

With all that as inspiration, our team of Modsy Designers dreamed up this modern lake house to bring the look to life. Come along for a room-by-room tour of the home and get our tips for working the style into your own home!

The Entry

Set a High-Contrast Tone

What makes this modern lake house, well, modern? A bold contrast of styles. The entry sets the tone from the moment you walk through the door with a mash-up of rustic, industrial, and modern elements.

And the key is to choose a few large, eye-catching pieces. The faded rug, the large black-and-white artwork, and the wood-and-metal console all help to balance out the scale and impact of each other. The result is a space has visual impact without appearing overwhelming.

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The Key Entryway Elements

Open with statement lighting. A large antler chandelier is practically synonymous with the rustic lake house look. But rather than hanging it in the living room, add one to the entry so it gets the spotlight it deserves.

Layer bold graphic accents. A scene-stealing graphic black-and-white artwork isn’t what you’d expect to find in a typical lake house. As such, it adds a fresh, visual counterpoint that sets the stage for a distinctly modern home. For a graphic touch that also adds color, try blue-and-white accents, which will have a unifying effect.

Choose light rustic pieces. As a way to maintain the airy vibe in the entry, light wood pieces will do the trick nicely while playing up a rustic and industrial note. They’ll also play well with the boldness of the graphic art and light fixture. Take the same approach with a rustic patterned rug that has soft earth tones.

The Living Room

modern lake houseBalance Modern With Cozy

For the living room, we mixed big city style with country cabin comforts. You can achieve this look by first establishing a layout that feels sophisticated but also cozy. Try grouping together clean-lined sofas and chairs alongside an industrial coffee table in front of a fireplace to establish a cozy conversation pit with eclectic appeal.

Above eye level, we opted for sleek modern touches, like a brass pendant light and graphic artwork, which reiterates our design approach in the entry and ties together the spaces.

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lake house living roomThe Key Living Room Elements

Pick designs with simple forms. A modern lake house doesn’t mean skipping rustic designs all together, it just means combining rustic pieces that have more streamlined shapes. A deep sink-in sofa makes for a great foundational piece alongside slatted wood chairs with sloped arms and a rectilinear industrial table. It’s all about keeping the focus on clean, simple lines.

Vary wood types. An elevated way to add warmth is to bring together different wood textures, from polished to pale to perforated. These are often rustic-industrial pieces that, when grouped together, can add loads of visual texture and depth.

Mix blue, brown, and black tones. It might not sound like a modern palette at first, but we opted for this overarching color scheme in the home because it strikes that happy medium of contemporary and cozy. Black and white often feel less stark when paired with earth tones, and browns feel less heavy alongside blue and white.

The Office Corner

Work In Industrial Ease

A multi-use work space isn’t exactly what you’d expect to find in a lake house, so we updated ours with an office nook that also features useful storage. We carried through the high-contrast color palette and tried to continue that balance of boldness and airiness with a mix of industrial and edgy pieces that have open bases and slender forms.

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The Key Office Elements

Try a dark foundation. Black glossy legs and metal bases are a running theme throughout the space, and here they help to add impact from the ground up. Dark foundations also have an anchoring effect in this office nook. With modern designs, this is a great way to create focus in a small, one-off space.

Think modern finishes. Just as you would with different wood textures, mix different black finishes to temper the intensity. Here, we have a black metal cabinet that’s mixed with a painted chair, a dark table base, and a matte black desk lamp. The effect is city sleek but warm, and the rustic wood table top further adds to that warmth.

Group pieces with airy appeal. Opt for open-base designs that are in keeping with the rest of the home’s aesthetic. Because there is such a strong industrial mix of furnishings here, we kept to pieces with slender silhouettes and airy bases to keep with the light and modern lake house style.

The Dining Area

lake housePlay Up Tailored Mid-Century Warmth

Classic lake houses favor a more communal dining space with long wooden tables and lots of textures. Instead, we opted for a modern take here with a dining space that emphasizes tailored mid-century style and comfort. Just like all the other spaces in the home, there’s a varied mix, from a luxe cowhide foundation to the wishbone chairs with woven seats and a table that has both rustic (cane base) and modern components (stone top).

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lake house styleThe Key Dining Room Elements

Juxtapose curvy designs. Round forms and sinuous silhouettes have a way of bringing a sense of ease and levity to a space. Layer a circular pendant above a round table to set the stage, then pull in a free-form cowhide and shapely mid-century chairs to unify the look.

Layer in a luxe touch. We wanted to usher in a touch of luxe style without taking away from the overall cozy appeal. And to bring that to the dining space, we chose a cowhide rug as the foundation that lends warmth and a hint of luxury without feeling overly glam.

Embrace smooth stone. Similar to a cowhide rug, stone surfaces have a way of adding both industrial style and warmth all at once. As a centerpiece in the dining space, it ties back to the urban chic vibe of the living space and provides the touch of “sleek” that sets the dining space apart.

The Bedroom

modern lake house bedroomTry Cabin With a Twist

Lake house style bedrooms can often go overboard on the cabin theme, so we wanted to switch it up in our rustic-industrial modern take. There are still plenty of warm wood tones and layers of cozy bedding, but we kept to graphic motifs and contemporary art and accents. What you won’t find here? Rustic textures, such as weathered woods and lake-themed paddles or antlers.

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modern farmhouse bedroomThe Key Bedroom Elements

Choose hefty furniture. One thing that distinguishes lake house bedroom furniture is that they all convey visual heft, meaning they have big presence. Pick a bed with a polished metal frame and wooden headboard to center the focus and mix in an industrial metal bench to round out the look. A wooden storage nightstand will also add to the look while providing function and warmth.

Accent with contemporary motifs. Take from the patterns and palette of the rest of the home to inform your accents in the bedroom, which will reiterate the modern lake house appeal. Graphic black-and-white pillows, blue-and-white art, and an intricately patterned rug in varying earth tones is the win-win-win formula.

Let metal details shine. In keeping with our office nook approach, a few industrial metal pieces can make for bold counterpoints to really polish the modern lake house look. We added a high-hanging metal sconce and leaning bookcase to anchor the sides of the bed and draw the eye up. But don’t forget the smaller details – metal hardware and drawer pulls can instantly add eye-catching polish in a bedroom.

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5 Ways to Master A Rustic Bedroom Design

rustic bedroom ideasA common misconception about rustic style is that it’s always just some variation of the log cabin look. But if you’ve seen some of our favorite rustic bedroom designs, you know the style is far from one note – and it can work beautifully in a number of different ways.

For instance, there’s the refined rustic look, which is all about comfort, soft neutrals, and elegant furnishings with a classic bent. Then you have rustic farmhouse style, a mix of traditional and industrial design elements. And finally, a rustic minimal look strips out all ornamentation in favor of clean-lined pieces and very little styling.

All to say, nailing a rustic look in your bedroom isn’t exactly a simple formula – but it’s also not as difficult as you think. To get you inspired (and started) on your own rustic bedroom design, we’ve rounded up five of our most popular rustic looks. Read on to get our tips for bringing each bedroom look home.

rustic bedroom designThe Look: Rustic Warmth

Warm and inviting, this look is anchored by contemporary furniture with rustic notes. It’s one of our most popular design styles as it brings together modern designs that feel cozy rather than sleek and spare.

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The Key Elements

Rustic Warmth is all about streamlined furnishings that are welcoming. Think dressers and nightstands in darker wood tones, a hefty wood bed frame, a classic rug in updated colors, and accents that lend a livable vibe.

It’s Perfect If You…

Love a house that feels like home, meaning your spaces are guided by comfort and function first. This look might also appeal to you if you love the rustic look but still want your bedroom furniture to be modern and of-the-moment. Also, if you’re not one for lots of color and pattern, Rustic Warmth’s muted palette will feel just right.

coastal bedroom designThe Look: Rustic Coastal

In a nutshell, the rustic coastal look evokes a breezy beach cottage by the ocean. It’s casual and layered and the vibe is welcoming, lived-in, and down-to-earth.

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The Key Elements

This look is defined by a stylish mix of natural materials that add texture. Think natural-fibers, like sisal and jute, rattan, light weathered driftwood, relaxed linen upholstery and lightweight throw blankets. It also pulls in coastal elements, such as a palette of blues and whites that plays up a sense of serenity and recalls the ocean, as well as ocean-inspired accents and shell art.

It’s Perfect If You…

Are drawn to California’s rustic coastal homes or simply enjoy the laid-back vibe of those spaces. This look will also likely resonate with you if you love a room that feels relaxed but still chicly put-together.

rustic farmhouse bedroomThe Look: Rustic Farmhouse

This is probably the look that’s most like what you might traditionally imagine rustic style spaces to be. It has classic and industrial elements that recall farmhouse interiors and more than a hint of vintage.

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The Key Elements

The Rustic Farmhouse mix is comprised of handcrafted designs (metal sconces and wooden bench), vintage-style finds (candelabra chandelier, weathered-wood round mirror), and barn-like furnishings (spindle bed, rocking chair, weathered armoire). Carved details and small accents that give off an antiqued sensibility also add to the overall farmhouse feeling.

It’s Perfect If You…

Appreciate the perfectly imperfect, old-meets-new look, where traditional-looking pieces are arranged in a fresh, contemporary way. This might also be the look for you if you find beauty in well-crafted designs and spaces that convey a sense of history.

rustic minimal bedroomThe Look: Rustic Minimal

Think of this as the perfect blend of cool and warm, where pared-down vintage elements are combined with a calm, monochromatic palette. This is also the place where clean-lined design meets a touch of rustic charm.

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The Key Elements

Rustic minimal style is exactly what it sounds like: Streamlined furniture in rustic materials that lend depth and warmth to the room. There’s also an organic approach to furnishings and accents that are highly curated – think a perfectly slender metal console, a round wood mirror, mid-century-style stools in a distinct fabric, sparkling porcelain table lamps. Every detail and material is carefully chosen to have both simple and cozy appeal.

It’s Perfect If You…

Mostly prefer minimally styled spaces that still feel warm and inviting. If you don’t like having a lot of “stuff” but appreciate well-designed furniture and objects, this curated approach might appeal to you.

rustic bedroom designThe Look: Refined Rustic

Formal and elegant, this look presents rustic in a slightly more feminine and elevated light. With a bedroom, the refined rustic approach conjures up the feeling of a serene and sophisticated hotel in the countryside.

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The Key Elements

Keep to rustic furnishings that have a classic, formal twist. Design details, such as natural textures like linen, rattan, and weathered woods, help to play up the look. Look for pieces that have traditional silhouettes, like a nightstand with drawers and decorative pulls or a bench with turned legs. Finally, add accents that have vintage appeal, such as botanical art and ticking-stripe pillows. Just be sure to stick to soft hues for your palette.

It’s Perfect If You…

Like classic formal spaces but want them to feel slightly more approachable. This look is pure elegance with perfect ease to match, and it’s ideal for someone who prefers a space where rustic notes appear in more delicate and subtle ways.

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Destination Style: Try On Texas Farmhouse Elegance

Texas farmhouse style

To celebrate summer, we’re taking inspiration from the all-American tradition of a cross-country road trip. We’ll be making our way across the USA and exploring some of our favorite cities and their signature design styles along the way. Buckle up and get ready for some major destination design inspo. Next up: Waco and it’s signature Texas farmhouse style!

Let’s just say we have design stars Chip and Joanna Gaines to thank for putting Waco, Texas on the map as a design and lifestyle destination. In addition to their home decor mecca, Magnolia Market, the husband-and-wife team (and their four children) have charmed millions of homeowners and decor lovers across the country with their happy “Waco Way of Life.” And much of their lifestyle is rooted in their classic approach to farmhouse living and style, which, if you know us, is a look that we find endlessly inspiring.

What we love about the Gaines-style and the Texas farmhouse style is the simple blend of comfort and elegance. It’s a mix of sophisticated furnishings, rustic-industrial accents, and gorgeous details, all grounded in a tried-and-true palette of blue and white tones. These elements add up to a farmhouse look that’s elevated but still feels totally inviting.

So, we dreamed up a home that perfectly captures the Gaines ethos and farmhouse look, bringing together all the key design elements that set it apart. Read on to pick up tips for bringing the polished Texas farmhouse style into your home.

Keep to Blue and White (and Off-White)

You can’t go wrong with a tried-and-true blue-and-white palette. It’s the foundation to this farmhouse look, but the trick here is how you balance these colors and their many shades in your space.

Start with walls for a crisp backdrop that inspires comfort and calm, then work in blue notes through your textiles and accents (such as pillows, rugs, art and objects). If you want to inject a warmer note into your space, opt for an off-white or beige with your sofas and upholstered chairs, which will turn them into welcoming foundation pieces.

And when it comes to blue shades, try to steer clear of the teal-leaning hues. Our favorite ways to work blue-and-white is to either go for a soothing and sophisticated look with layers of soft pale blue tones, or take the crisp and elevated route with bold blues, such as cobalt and navy.

Texas farmhouse styleUse Natural Materials as a Neutral

The best neutral for a blue-and-white palette are materials that have a rustic twist and emphasize comfort and livability. Consider spreading out some woven baskets in all shapes, sizes, and styles; adding a few natural rattan ottomans; and opting for furnishings that feature raw woods, from table tops and chair frames to shelving and mirrors. This will enhance the blue-and-white palette and elegant farmhouse look and feel.

Go for an industrial-rustic mix

What does that even mean? Glad you asked! The difference between a sophisticated Texas farmhouse look versus a rustic Sonoma-style one is that the former is made up of furnishings that lean more industrial. It comes down to furnishings that have a bit of heft and substance, such as steel-framed bookshelves and consoles, rectilinear tables with bold metal bases, or sleek metal pendants and chandeliers (skip the gold and brass entirely). The result is a farmhouse look that’s anything but cottage-inspired or shabby chic – and that’s what you want here.

Texas farmhouse styleThink Classic but Not Stuffy

This is a fine balance and the key is to identify pieces that have classic beauty without feeling overly formal. How? When looking at larger foundational pieces, find furnishings with classic details, like the shape of a sofa arm, turned legs, or an armchair with a traditional French-style frame. These pieces will provide both elegance and ease and a sense of livability because of their clean, modern lines paired with small classic flourishes.

Pile on the Traditional Patterns

Stick to classic patterns and tried-and-true prints. Layering these prints together in a classic blue-and-white palette is one of the most effortless ways to give a space a cohesive and elegant feel. And don’t forget to consider some decorative art with traces blue.

Texas farmhouse styleAdd Accents with Subtle Texture

What makes the Texas farmhouse look so elegant is that it’s all about a considered palette, classic details, and lots and lots of beautiful textures. In addition to adding natural materials such as rattan and sisal, make sure to pull in pieces that have more delicate textures. Think faux shagreen, burlap, speckled pottery and lightly tarnished metal vases. These are the subtle details that will truly set apart your rooms.

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Destination Style: Get the Sonoma Wine Country Look

sonoma styleTo celebrate summer, we’re taking inspiration from the all-American tradition of a cross-country road trip. We’ll be traveling across the USA and exploring some of our favorite cities and their signature design styles along the way. Buckle up and get ready for some major destination design inspo. First stop: Sonoma, California!

When you think of Sonoma, California, you can’t help but picture wine country perfection, with its miles of incredible vineyards and farmhouses along the way. Located just north of San Francisco, Sonoma has long been a favorite weekend escape and a wine region that has come to epitomize relaxed-rustic, California style. You know what we’re talking about: Those rustic interiors that are charming, casual, and coolly California.

And if you know us, you know we’re big fans of this modern farmhouse aesthetic. There’s something simple and irresistibly cozy about Sonoma-style spaces that we just can’t get enough of, so we’re endlessly inspired to bring the look home. Read on to see how you can infuse a bit of Sonoma’s rustic charm into your space!

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sonoma styleStart With An Easy Foundation

The rustic-chic Sonoma look is all about the crisp, blank canvas backdrop. And by that we’re referring to the soothing color palette and the open layout and flow that characterizes these spaces. It’s what sets up the space for its cozy but airy look. So, consider these key design elements when establishing the groundwork in your space.

Earth tones only

Before diving into the full-on design and furnishings of a space, when it comes to Sonoma style getting the color palette right is key. Here, earth tones are at the core of the soft rustic palette. Keep to natural hues and light neutrals, like tans, beiges, browns, light woods, which will give your space a visual cohesiveness once you start layering in furnishings and accents.

A casual, edited layout

It’s all about comfort versus formality when it comes to the Sonoma look. Don’t feel like you need to fill out a room completely; what’s important is having a few big inviting pieces. This is one instance where furnishings don’t have to perfectly arranged. An asymmetrical layout, where a sofa is grouped with a chair, is a great way to open up a space and keep things from feeling too formal or thought out. After all, the idea is that your space should feel casual enough that you can move things around easily if needed.

sonoma styleSimple Says It All With Sonoma Style

It goes without saying that the Sonoma-style farmhouse look is one of the most popular looks around, not only here at Modsy, but everywhere, from blogs, to Pinterest, to Instagram. How to think about all the pieces that make up the look in an actual space, though? We know it’s not always as straightforward. Here’s how to furnish for the Sonoma look.

Go easy, breezy on furnishings

Big, comfy white slipcovered sofas and chairs are the anchors in these spaces. Not only are they comfortable and easy to maintain (just toss those covers in the wash when they’re dirty), they also give you a simple base on which you can easily layer tactile accents. In addition to white furnishings, you’ll want to make sure any other big pieces keep to a simple look, so opt for light woods and accents, like a cabinet with woven doors, an ottoman with a vintage-style fabric, or a rattan bar cart.

Pile on accents with textures

A mix of raw woods and accents made with natural materials and simple textures is the way to go. Think small wood stools and side tables (or a wooden wine rack for a subtle nod to wine country!), leather poufs and linen pillows, and lots of woven pieces, like a rope tray and wicker baskets. You want these details to really pop, so the bolder the texture, the better. Our favorite accent to play up? Pottery. Think white ceramics mixed with artisanal vases and vessels and terracotta planters.

Get vintage, baby

It wouldn’t be a Sonoma-inspired space without a few vintage-style pieces layered in. You’ll want to make sure these finds don’t overpower the airy look in a room, so choose a few statement pieces, like a salvaged light fixture or antique mirror. If you’re not one for vintage, newer designs that have vintage appeal can work too. The idea is that you want to create a lived-in and collected feel in your space.

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9 Ways to Design a Rustic Living Room

modern rustic design ideasSo, you think your style is rustic… Designers throw around the term, but it actually can describe a number of different styles. There’s coastal, shabby chic, modern farmhouse, rustic traditional… the list goes on! To help break down the different ways to work the style, we’re serving up 9 rustic design ideas for this small living room.

Read on to explore 9 different rustic spaces and shop the looks for your home!

rustic design ideasRustic Traditional

For the traditional take on rustic, we focused on wooden furniture pieces with traditional shapes and design elements. It’s all about celebrating natural textures and comfy designs in this living room. If you aren’t ready to buy new furniture, you can add a rustic flavor by buying earth-toned drapes and throw pillows.

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rustic design ideasFarmhouse Chic

Lighten up your rustic look with a more feminine take on the style. This look combines traditional shapes and materials with weathered and vintage finishes. Layer on plush textiles and fresh patterns for a more chic, and light look.

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rustic design ideasRustic Warmth

Rustic does not have to mean vintage. Rustic warmth is a contemporary take on the style that is visually striking but physically comfy and cozy. The furniture is sleeker and more modern but is still made out of natural materials.

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modern farmhouse design ideasModern Farmhouse

Modern farmhouse is a take on rustic that has mid-century flair and industrial twist that so many people are drawn to. The styling leans towards minimal with a neutral color palette and raw materials.

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modern rustic design ideasModern Rustic

This variation is a feminine take on the rustic style, which means you can play with color and include pops of warm materials such as gold and brass. Also, go ahead and add hints of modern design while staying true to rustic basics. Take a look at one of our selections: a satin brass rectangular cocktail table. Metals take it to the next level.

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rustic design ideasReclaimed Visionary

This forward-thinking incarnation combines the rustic aesthetic with traditional design. You can enjoy lots of leather and raw materials with minimal color notes and traditional design elements like wrought-iron details and weathered woods.

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rustic design ideasRefined Rustic

Refined rustic is a classic and elegant take on the style that gives off a feminine, cottage vibe. To capture it, you should stick to lighter woods and materials to create a space where fresh flowers can be displayed on the daily. You will enjoy these blooms as you sit in your elegant oatmeal wing chair with solid birch legs – the very definition of refined rustic style.

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modern rustic design ideasVintage Farmhouse

This one is our version of shabby chic. Consider it a feminine, vintage take on rustic style. Feel free to use whimsical design elements against a background of unfinished woods. This is definitely a style where quirk and comfort live in harmony!

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rustic design ideasRustic Traveler

This one is for you rustic lovers with a boho side. Embrace eclectic elements that represent your unique world view. Approach your design with a curatorial lens that reflects your personality.

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Follow our design lead and create a rustic mix specialized to you. Natural materials and colors work with everything. Tune into the earth and bring those comforting vibes into your home. Rustic can be for everyone!

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Rustic Decor Inspiration For Perfectly Relaxed Rooms

rustic decorIf 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.

rustic decorIf 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.

rustic decorIf 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.  

rustic decorIf 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.

rustic decorIf 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.

rustic decorIf 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.

rustic decorIf 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.

rustic decorIf 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.

rustic decorIf 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.

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Dream Home Tour – A Collected Approach to California Casual

california casualIt’s no secret we’re fans of the chic modern spaces that capture the calm, collected California casual look. It’s a style we currently can’t get enough of – think blissful rooms with comfy furnishings, a blend of natural textures, and soft neutral hues.

With all that inspo in the air and summer just around the corner, our design team couldn’t help but imagine what our perfect California home would look like. So, we got to work designing this dream home to showcase that laid-back, West Coast style we just can’t get enough of.

Get ready to see lots of relaxed designs, a mix of classic and rustic elements, layers of textures, and lots of eclectic accents. We’ve thoughtfully curated every room to reflect our idea of the perfect California casual home, with pieces that you can find directly through us to recreate the exact look and feel in your own space.

Come along for a room-by-room tour of the home along with all the design tips and key design elements you’ll need to bring the look home.

The Entry

california casualSetting an Airy Tone

The entry introduces the overall laid-back vibe in the home. To make it truly inviting, a bit of symmetry can go a long way. Bring in a statement piece, such as a modern credenza, to anchor the focus, then round it out with classic designs for stylistic contrast. To polish it off, layer in lots of woven details and accents. It really is as simple as it sounds!

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california casualThe Key Entryway Elements

Start with a showpiece. The contemporary credenza has a woven leather front that adds both texture and intrigue. A big piece like this is also great if you need to define a pass-through space, which flows into the living and dining rooms.

Mix in classic design notes. This look is all about playing with contrast. And nothing makes modern pieces stand out more than being surrounded by Old World-inspired designs, like this classic-shaped mirror and traditional patterned rug with European influence.

Natural textures are your friend. Natural woven elements and details help play up the California casual feel, so don’t be afraid to go big. We flanked our console with a woven accent chair and a basket planter, and we also brought in a woven pendant light to top it all off. These pieces not only help frame the space but also offer balance. Another note: Don’t hesitate to add a natural-fiber rug for even more texture.

The Living Room

california casualLead With Comfort

For the living room, we envisioned a welcoming gathering spot with an open layout that’s unfussy, rooted in comfort, and suffused with light. We also worked in beachy accents, organic touches, and rustic elements that emphasize relaxed living (think seagrass-wrapped chairs, stone tables, and a hefty chandelier).

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california casualThe Key Living Room Elements

Foundational pieces first. It’s always good to start with furnishings grounded in comfort, such as a big sofa in a dark gray that is both livable and durable. Likewise, the cushioned armchairs and benches offer practical extra seating. Once you’ve settled on your main comfort pieces, you’ll find it easier to mix and match designs to go with them.

Play up vintage vibes. A little Old-World rusticity pairs nicely with foundational furnishings, be they a washed-out rug that adds soft color or a European-style chandelier that brings an antique element. Looking to start small? Try a dark-wood mirror or a vintage wood side table.

Keep hues easy on the eyes. Neutrals and nature-inspired hues are at the center of rooms with a relaxed style. Opt for contrasting warm and cool neutrals for a palette that calms and eases the senses. Think a gray sofa grouped with crisp white fabrics, light woods, and natural fiber tones.

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Marry function and beauty. Livable design also means maximizing your storage. Whether that takes the form of baskets and bins, a credenza, or built-in shelving is up to you! These pieces offer both smart storage and style, and they’re part of what gives the California casual home its charm.

Get beachy. You can’t have a beach-inspired home without textures that recall the coast, right? From the rattan floor lamps and seagrass-wrapped chairs to the woven benches and patterns on the pillows, we didn’t skimp on materials that bring elements of the beach indoors – and you shouldn’t either!

Nod to Nature. Keep to natural materials to add texture with minimal color impact. Designs like the stone-inlay table, woven rattan lighting, and natural-fiber details on the credenza facade, can help unify different furnishings in a room given their organic appeal. Similarly, stick to art that brings the outdoors in, such as botanical and fish prints.

The Office Corner

california casualPutting Style to Work

Home offices are great, but if you’re tight on space a vignette within a larger room can be just as effective. In large living rooms a small nook or corner dedicated to work not only expands your room’s function, but it also offers an unexpected focus area.

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california casualThe Key Office Elements

Lean traditional. Unless you’ve decided on a contemporary look, traditional furnishings, like a classic-style desk, a spindle bench, or a faded rug, perfectly complement comfy foundational pieces. A good rule of thumb? Pair a classic-style desk with a modern chair for an old-meets-new approach that is practically always a win-win.

Take note of gold. Accents in gold and brass are great buffers for adding a glint of polish and warmth to neutral spaces. A work desk is a great opportunity for layering in these shiny touches. This can take the form of a task lamp, a picture frame, or the hardware on the drawers.

Go for height. Distinguish your workspace by optimizing the vertical space surrounding it. Hang a large painting – we chose an abstract piece with undulating lines that recalls the beach – and pull in a streamlined bookcase that helps to play up a vignette and give it elevated focus without distracting from the rest of the room.

The Dining Area

california casualMixing It Up

Like the living room, the California casual dining space is anchored in comfort, so we imagined a room that combines a wide range of furnishings and styles that emphasize ease. A large table in light wood keeps the space from feeling cramped, while cane dining chairs make for casual and stylish companions.

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california casualThe Key Dining Room Elements

Get high-contrast. A collected dining space is all about uniting contrasting elements in a harmonious design. In addition to the light table and dark chairs, we opted for a dark metal sideboard and a dark wood cabinet to further anchor the space. The key is to layer in various materials and design styles that add warmth and personality to a space that’s normally considered for functional use only.

Think industrial. Since the centerpiece of any dining room is a large table, pulling in industrial pieces can provide good heft. Not to mention, industrial accents with worn finishes can add that Old-World touch – an element you’ll find in every room of this dream home – and balance out more coastal-inspired pieces.

Liven things up. It’s rare to find a room without plants or some sort of foliage in homes nowadays, and the dining space is no exception. It’s also a great place to try out trees and greenery with branches that can bring a little height and dimension to the space.

The Bedroom

california casualCreating a Serene Oasis

To conjure up the casual elegance that’s often found in California bedrooms, we created a space that’s enveloped in luxurious neutrals and textures. To get the look, consider plush seating, nubby textures, and a bed so comfortable you never want to leave. 

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california casualThe Key Bedroom Elements

Find calm in multiples. A balanced bedroom is a comfortable bedroom. You can achieve a calming look and feel with furniture and accents in pairs and multiples. Matching nightstands, table lamps, and artwork create symmetry that will bring a sense of order and serenity.

Opt for plush pieces. If we’re talking luxurious comfort, nothing beats an upholstered bed with a tall headboard, which grounds this bedroom. Extend that sumptuous look and feel by adding a sophisticated bench or armchair for extra seating that’s inviting and practical.

Texture, texture, and more texture. Whether it’s piles of pillows, a cozy throw, or a soft jute rug, the more fluffy, tactile accents you bring into the space, the more warm and welcoming it will feel. If you’re looking to give your bedroom a quick spruce up with big impact, start here.

 

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How To Get The Modern Farmhouse Look

Modern farmhouse living roomWarm and cool, contemporary and comfortable, there’s a new style that everyone and their mamma is obsessing over – modern farmhouse! If you haven’t heard of it before, there’s a solid chance you’ve seen it. From Pinterest, to Instagram, to every other interior design publication, the modern farmhouse look is everywhere. And for a good reason!

Modern farmhouse effortlessly blends the best parts of some of the most popular trends from the past several years – you’ve got a dash of rustic, a sprinkle of industrial, and just the right amount of Mid-Century Modern. It instantly adds a casual character to any interior that will make your home the envy of your Instagram feed. We can’t think of a better way to bring such an effortlessly stylish and livable look to life!

And because the look is oh-so-popular with our Modsy customers, today we’re breaking down the style to show you how to create the look in your space. If you want to get the modern farmhouse style here’s everything you need to know!

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Modern farmhouse living roomStay Neutral

When you think “farmhouse” your brain might conjure up images of buttermilk yellow kitchens or brick red barns. But that couldn’t be farther from the reality of the trendy modern farmhouse style.

While there’s no single “right way” to bring the modern farmhouse look to life, the one rule all these interiors play by is a neutral color palette. Start with a neutral coat of paint and layer in foundation pieces in the same family. Think whites, beiges, neutrals, or grays in different shades.

Modern farmhouse stylingPlay With Contrast

But modern farmhouse doesn’t mean all white all the time. Don’t be afraid to add a dark grey accent wall or a blue statement sofa (just reference one of our favorite style icons, Chris Loves Julia, to see how it’s done).

And don’t just think contrast in terms of color. Combining different design styles, materials, and finishes together adds depth and dimension to your space. Playing with contrast is a key element of getting the modern farmhouse look right.

Mix Old and New

Another tenet of modern farmhouse decor is juxtaposing different styles together in one space. Imagine a classic, linen slipcovered sofa paired with an industrial coffee table and a leather mid-century modern armchair.

The lesson? Don’t shy away from mixing comfortable and traditional foundation pieces with modern accents. This will help you strike the perfect balance of comfortable and trendy that is so crucial to the modern farmhouse look.

Modern farmhouse living roomOpt for Natural Materials

Part of what makes this style so awesome is that it’s totally livable. AKA you can get the look and still let your kids, pets, and that friend who tends to spill her wine roam free without worry.

How is that possible? We’re glad you asked. Of course, opting for kid and pet-friendly materials is always a good choice, but the modern farmhouse look also incorporates materials that are extra durable, making it a great look for everyday homes.

Think linen slipcovered sofas, which you can easily pop in the wash when needed, or a leather armchair that will hide scratches and repel fur. Natural fiber rugs are also a staple of this style, which are super durable and a great choice for high-traffic rooms.

Modern farmhouse stylingLook For Weathered Finishes

Natural materials are a great way to achieve this style is because they add rustic texture, character, and warmth. Look for leathers with a patina, unfinished and weathered woods, and any piece that shows off its age with a vintage finish.

Modern farmhouse stylingEmbrace Minimal Styling

The one thing that separates modern farmhouse interiors from the pack is their minimal approach to decorating. Skip the piles of pillows and packed-to-the-brim bookcases in favor of a leaner aesthetic that will let the few pieces you choose to display shine.

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Rustic Living Room Design – 5 Ways to Try a Rustic Style in Your Home

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Is your style rustic? Well, that depends on what you mean by rustic. Unlike Hollywood Glam or Mid-Century Modern, a rustic style can be one of the most difficult looks to define, as it means so many different things all at the same time.

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So, if you’re scratching your head wondering what kind of rustic style you’re thinking of, don’t fret. In this post, we’re taking a closer look at 5 of our favorite ways to style a rustic living room.

Rustic Warmth

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Our most popular rustic style – and second most-popular style overall – Rustic Warmth is the easy, breezy look your rustic living room has been searching for.

Always warm and inviting, this style can easily make any house feel like a home by infusing your space with the perfect balance of on-trend pieces and cozy, lived-in charm.

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The Key Elements

Bring this rustic style to life through comfortable foundations, neutral hues, and organic textures galore. Think a linen sofa paired with a weathered wood coffee table.

Don’t hesitate to embrace a few pops of pattern! Look for contemporary takes on traditional designs for a look that’s fresh and decidedly rustic.

It’s Perfect If You…

Love a comfortable atmosphere that feels casual yet collected. Great for families with kids and pets, this rustic style blends comfort with everyday living.

Modern Rustic

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Who says a rustic living room can’t also be modern? Not us!

If you’re looking for a rustic living room set-up that also incorporates your love of Mid-Century Modern design, look no further than our Modern Rustic style.

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rustic style, rustic living roomThe Key Elements

This style brings together Mid-Century staples with rustic design elements, for a look that feels retro yet weathered.

Look for pieces with Mid-Century shapes rendered in natural woods, organic materials that show their history, and textures and colors that draw from the natural world. Think leathers with a patina, raw and unfinished woods, and jute rugs layered under vintage ones.

It’s Perfect If You…

Want a rustic living room that’s trendy, but not edgy. Even better, if your idea of the perfect living room is as approachable as it is fun, the Modern Rustic style might be your decor match!

Refined Rustic

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If you like shabby chic but also want a looks that’s a bit more elevated, our Refined Rustic style might be your cup of tea. These rooms are always curated with a modern eye, and are ready for entertaining at a moment’s notice.

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rustic style, rustic living roomThe Key Elements

A Refined Rustic living room pulls together classic and contemporary styles and mixes them harmoniously together. Rustic white-washed woods, linen, and traditional farmhouse decor are all key parts of this rustic style.

Look for comfort-forward foundations and classically-inspired decorative accents. This style is set apart for its love of fine detailing, decorative motifs, and intricate patterns.

It’s Perfect If You…

Consider vintage spaces with a rustic feel your happy place. If you love an elegant, chateau-inspired space, and your favorite places to shop are flea markets and antique stores, this rustic living room look might be just what you’re looking for.

Contemporary Connoisseur

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Comfort, livability and beauty are hallmarks of the Contemporary Connoisseur style. Bring an air of relaxed California Coastal style to any space with this polished yet comfortable and inviting style.

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The Key Elements

Mixing natural and casual elements are key to acing this rustic living room style.

Try playing with a palette of subtle blues and incorporate a few pops of navy alongside rustic woods. Natural fabrics, weathered woods, and pops of serene colors help to achieve this summer-focused rustic style.

It’s Perfect If You…

Are drawn to spaces with a calm, coastal energy. Rooms steeped in tradition make your heart sing, but you also prefer a slightly less formal vibe.

Rustic Traveler

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Rustic comfort gets a little unexpected in this look, which mixes traditional rustic elements with eclectic touches.

The Rustic Traveler is obsessed with bringing together elements from different styles and putting your unique identity and interests on display.

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The Key Elements

Our Rustic Traveler style combines warm woods and brushed metallic finishes with colorful textiles to create a worldly space. It’s all about layering textures and patterns to create a warm, lived-in setting.

It’s Perfect If You…

Like the “jungalow” look but want more rustic, less tropical vibe. If you love to travel and want a home where your collection of art and objects is always on display, this look is the perfect way to bring that vision to life.

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