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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

 farmhouse dining room design

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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Style Spotlight: 9 Easy Ways To Nail The Rustic Warmth Look

rustic styleDo you love the look of spaces with a rustic style paired with trendy touches? Would you count Chris Loves Julia among your favorite home design blogs? And do you still have a soft spot in your heart for shiplap, along with everything else Chip and Joanna Gaines style? If so, your style might be what Modsy calls Rustic Warmth.

Rustic Warmth is our second most popular style at Modsy (right behind its more modern and minimal counterpart, Mod Visionary). Our take on a rustic style starts with a foundation of comfortable furnishings to create a warm and inviting space. Then, we say tweak your accessories to make the style yours. Some people lean more industrial, while others prefer modern. Sometimes rustic can be cozy, and other times it can push more trendy.

Here, we’ve pulled together some spaces that showcase our 2018 take on the Rustic Warmth style. Get inspired by these rustic spaces and pick up ideas for bringing a cozy, rustic style into your own home. Not sure what your style is? Take our Modsy Style Quiz to find out.

rustic style1. Mix Rustic & Modern

Rustic furnishings are more versatile than you think, meaning they work great with a range of different design styles. Try mixing a chesterfield sofa with updated armchairs and a contemporary natural fiber rug for a totally welcoming rustic style living room.

rustic style2. Mix Rustic & Industrial

Similarly, rustic furnishings can work great with industrial pieces. Try pairing yours with a steamer trunk, a stone-top carved table, or even a steel pendant. This combination results in a rustic-style living space that makes a statement but still feels inviting.

rustic style3. Make Rustic Kid and Pet-Friendly

A style that’s all about comfiness, the Rustic Warmth look is an easy style for kid- and pet-friendly homes. Swap the coffee table for a plush leather ottoman. Mix function and style by layering a cowhide over an indoor/outdoor rug. And throw in some fun accent pieces like cute baskets and kid’s chairs to make the space more family-friendly.

rustic style4. Make Rustic Feel Relaxed

You can’t go wrong combining rustic style with beachy vibes. Furnishings like a woven chair, a light-wood coffee table, and blue and white pillows are a surefire way to give any living space that relaxed-rustic, beach house look.

rustic style5. Try a Formal Rustic Look

You can also veer towards darker tones with rustic furnishings if you want a look that’s a tad more formal. The farmhouse-style bed mixed with black nightstands and an armoire, give this rustic style bedroom a more elevated atmosphere.

rustic style6. Try a Streamlined Rustic Look

Sometimes all you need are a few rough-hewn rustic touches to ground a space. It’s also the approach you want to take if you’re looking to mix in a few contemporary pieces. Here, the woven chair and basket and the wood-and-steel bookcase help to balance out the streamlined desk and rug for a charming yet cool work space.

rustic style7. Take a Bright Approach With Rustic

Most rustic furnishings come in natural and neutral shades – think back to the open leather armchairs, the woven poufs and sisal rugs, the gray and white pillows. Rustic furnishings go great with bold patterns and color. Not sure where to start? Try using blue and white with rustic pieces to brighten up a living space with rustic furnishings.

rustic style8. Take a Layered Approach With Rustic Style

Try layering different textures and materials to create a rustic look. Think cowhide rug and a jute rug, leather armchair and a carved wood-and-stone-table, a neutral sofa with pops of yellow. Mixing these different materials, colors, and elements will help create a warm rustic atmosphere in a room.

rustic style9. Go For Classic Rustic Warmth

If you’re looking to create that classic rustic style in your living room, pull in a mix of modern, industrial, and formal elements. This living room combines a modern rug and art, an industrial floor lamp, and a formal coffee table and armchair, which are all mixed together with a neutral sofa and a leather pouf. The result is a perfect cozy rustic living space that’s warm and inviting.

 

Not sure if that’s the style for you? Take our Modsy Style Quiz to discover your decor style.

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