You’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.
The 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.
The 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.
The 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.
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.
The 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.
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.
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!
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.
The 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.
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.
The 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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