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Style Spotlight: What is Rustic Industrial Interior Design?

We love combining interior design styles. It’s a great way to merge tastes with a partner or simply create a unique look that’s true to your aesthetic. But it can be a challenge to know how to blend styles in a way that feels intentional and not just a hodgepodge mix of furnishings.

A good rule of thumb is to work with two styles that naturally complement each other. For instance, two common styles that are often combined together are rustic and industrial. The result is the rustic industrial interior design style. It’s a combo that works out nicely because the warmth of rustic furnishings balance out the sleekness of modern industrial designs, making them more livable in spaces. Meanwhile, all the industrial interior design elements give an edge to more neutral rustic pieces. It all adds up to the rustic industrial style look, which is equal parts cozy and cool.

Still, it can be hard to know how to combine these two styles without knowing what to start with. For some inspiration and to help you understand the rustic industrial decorating approach, we’re breaking down each style and showing you how to merge them in a room. Find out more below!

What Is Rustic Interior Design?

You’re likely already familiar with rustic interior design style and its cozy farmhouse-inspired spaces. It’s one of our most popular Modsy styles and it’s easy to see why.

Rustic rooms are far from one note, spanning from pared-down, minimalist white cabin homes to charming vintage-style cottages that bring to mind wine-country villas. The spaces can be modern yet warm or classic and earthy. Rustic style can also be merged with a wide range of decor and furniture, and it always highlights a mix of natural materials, warm neutral colors, and layers of textures. Simply put, rustic interior design is the definition of elegance with ease.

Elements Of The Rustic Look

At the heart of rustic interior design are rooms that are warm, comfy, and casually elegant. You’ll always find a selection of classic furnishings and handmade accessories, from jute rugs and weathered woods to corrugated metal tables and basket wall art. And there’s no shortage of plush upholstery, be it a slipcovered beige sofa or a deep white armchair.

Rustic spaces are often anchored in soft hues, like cream, taupe, light gray, brown, and natural wood tones. The neutral palette often adds to the homey and welcoming feel of rustic interiors, giving them an old-meets-new, perfectly imperfect vibe.

If you’re looking for inspiration to bring this cool, calm, and collected look to your spaces, start with our essential rustic design tips.

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rustic industrial interior designWhat Is Industrial Interior Design?

For most people, the industrial interior design look is associated with converted warehouse homes and streamlined loft spaces. While there’s often an emphasis on the architecture of industrial spaces, like concrete floors, factory windows, exposed brick, and steel beams, it isn’t all there is to the look.

Industrial style, at its core, celebrates rugged materials, utilitarian furniture, and industrial decor with an edge. With industrial spaces, you can expect to find a mix of contemporary furnishings and vintage-inspired designs along with a focus on raw materials, such as marble, stone, metal, concrete, and leather. Think of it as the ultimate form meets function design style.

rustic industrial interior designElements Of The Industrial Look

There are always a few statement pieces in an industrial room, be it a hefty wooden trunk, a metal-and-black-leather armchair or a tufted leather Chesterfield sofa. These are often balanced out with equally eye-catching industrial decoration pieces, such as black-and-white art or an exposed Edison bulb light fixture. The idea here is to match bold designs with equally captivating accessories.

Dark colors and high-contrast shades, like charcoal, grey, black, white, and deep blues are staples when it comes to the industrial interior design look. These often add up to a graphic palette that balances out the bold furniture forms and materials in a room, instilling an atmosphere that feels cozy and livable rather than dark and austere.

Need inspiration for working industrial interior design into your home, start with our essential tips for comfy industrial spaces.

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Meet Rustic Industrial Interior Design

If you love both the rustic and industrial looks but can’t decide between the two, Rustic Industrial might be the inspiration you’re looking for. It’s a hybrid style that marries the best of both worlds. Think comfort meets bold forms and materials.

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rustic industrial interior designElements of the Rustic Industrial Look

With Rustic Industrial interior design, it’s all about blending livable furnishings with cutting-edge designs. You can also expect a mixed palette of cozy hues, ranging from tan browns and charcoal leather to black, white, and natural wood tones. These modern industrial interiors are perfect if you love a room that has a warm and inviting vibe as well as cool designs that catch the eye, like a polished leather sofa or tripod floor lamp.

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rustic industrial interior designThe Rustic Industrial Palette

High-contrast tones and earthy hues underscore the Rustic Industrial style palette. Think dark brown, caramel, and tan leathers, lots of black and white notes, and a few pops of creams, blues, and neutrals. You’ll want to use your neutrals as accent colors when going for a Rustic Industrial interior design look. This is to make sure to set a bold foundation that you can easily layer furnishings and other modern industrial decor on top.

Additionally, for a less graphic and more colorful Rustic Industrial interior design approach, play with tonal contrasts. Mix together varying shades of one color in your accents and furnishings to create a cohesive look that also feels warm and welcoming.

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The Rustic Industrial Design Mix

Rustic Industrial interior design is all about balancing style with substance, which means you can always expect to find a few heavy-duty furniture pieces as anchors in a room. It might be a wooden trunk, a metal bed or a Chesterfield sofa. These industrial decor pieces are paired with warm wood tones and rustic elements, like an ornate metal chandelier that help soften the edge. The result is a modern industrial space that blends graphic elements with rustic comfort. And if everything is feeling a little heavy with your Rustic Industrial space, layer in plenty of greenery to bring an airy look and open up the space.

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rustic industrial interior designHow To Customize Your Rustic Industrial Look

If you’re not sure where to start with your space, pick a sculptural industrial decor piece to anchor your space, like a rug, a work table with hairpin legs, or a handmade bench. Then curate the rest of your designs from there. Light fixtures and art are areas where you can go bold and colorful with something that suits your style. The idea is to layer in any bold, personality-filled designs at different heights so that it draws the eye all around the room.

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My Modsy Story: I Have a Vision, But Will It Work In Real Life?

Design Vision - Modsy customer story

Hillary wasn’t sure how her design vision would look in real life – her husband wasn’t convinced either. See how they avoided huge fights with some help from Modsy.


Homeowner: Hillary S, Finance Professional

Location: Pennsylvania

Room: Huge Open Kitchen-Dining-Living Space

Her Style: Refined Industrial

The Backstory

Starting with a blank slate in a brand new home

I recently made the move with my family from Jersey City to a new house in Pennsylvania. Our new home was under construction, but I wanted to start planning for the space early. Ultimately, I wanted to feel clear and excited about the look of my space before I spent a dollar on furniture.

Design Vision - Modsy customer story

Design Vision - Modsy customer story

The Design Dilemma

She had a design vision, but what if it didn’t work in real life?

My biggest challenge was not knowing if my furniture combos would look as good in real life as they did in head. I find it challenging to stick to one style, so often they did not. More importantly, my husband is not the best visualizer so I struggle to explain my vision to him.

Design Vision - Modsy customer story

Design Vision - Modsy customer story

The Modsy Moment

Feeling skeptical, but deciding to take a chance

I first saw Modsy in a Facebook ad. I’m able to visualize pretty well, so I was not sure if Modsy would help me. I decided to give it a try and it was pretty easy to get started.

Design Vision - Modsy customer storyHILLARY’S MODSY DESIGN #2

How Her Modsy Designs Helped Hillary

Realizing her vision and knowing what works—for both her and her husband

The renderings were breathtaking for me; I loved both designs that Modsy came up with. It was like I was a contestant on an HGTV show seeing my new place for the first time and it was beautiful! Seeing the furniture in my space made a huge difference – especially since my home was under construction

[When I saw my Modsy designs] it was like I was a contestant on an HGTV show seeing my new place for the first time and it was beautiful!

Design Vision - Modsy customer story

Design Vision - Modsy customer story

BIRD’S EYE VIEW OF HILLARY’S MODSY DESIGNS

Modsy also helped me show my husband my ideas. Instead of exploding into huge fights I can show him my vision. Modsy was so helpful for improving our communication.

I was also in search of a particular feeling – comfortable yet edgy, interesting but functional. And Modsy nailed it!

Design Vision - Modsy customer storyHILLARY’S MODSY DESIGN #2

I loved elements in both of my Modsy designs and did some editing when I found things I wanted to try.

Design #2 expanded my thinking about what would work in the space and had more of the vibe I’d imagined. The round dining table was beautiful and unexpected. And the leather couch – so cool!

Instead of exploding into huge fights I can show him my vision. Modsy was so helpful for improving our communication.

Design Vision - Modsy customer storyHILLARY’S MODSY DESIGN #1

Design #1 was closest to what I had in mind from the beginning – very comfortable and very functional. The way Modsy arranged the sectional in this first design showed me I could use the room as one big gathering space rather than two separate areas. I also loved the wine rack and the placement of the TV.

With Design #1 I was able to see how the furniture in my mind would actually look in my space. I realized some of the pieces I was eyeing were actually quite large, so I found alternatives that better fit the space.

Design Vision - Modsy customer storyHILLARY’S MODSY DESIGN #1

The decorations in both designs gave me some great new ideas. I combined ideas from the designs I created with some from my original Modsy designs.

The best part for me was being able to play around and try things. I saw how all these pieces would look in my home without having to buy (and likely return) a single thing. My husband also appreciated this. We’ve bought some furniture and there are a few pieces I’m eyeing but haven’t pulled the trigger on yet.

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