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Tour This Dream Home Designed In a New Take on Traditional Interior Design

We’ve got some news: traditional interior design is coming back into the mainstream. While the mid-century modern design style has been popular for quite some time, its place at the forefront of popular interior design might be fading just a bit. Why? In these unstable times, it seems we’re looking for comfort in the familiar. And what better way to soothe our collective anxiety than returning to a familiar interior design style at home. The traditional style interior design many of us saw in our parents’ or grandparents’ homes feel safe, comforting, and stable—especially during a season with so much uncertainty.

traditional interior designWhat is traditional interior design?

When you think of traditional design, you might think of your grandma’s house—where the dining room table was always set for guests, the furniture was fancy, and you definitely were not allowed to put your feet on the sofa. Or maybe your mind wanders toward the more simple, colonial take on traditional, as seen in the Hamilton set design. Or perhaps you’re a Nancy Meyers fan, and you think of the dreamy homes featured in her movies—think the interior design style featured in films like It’s Complicated to Something’s Gotta Give and Father of the Bride.

Traditional design comes to life in many different ways, but it’s all generally based on colonial or craftsman interior design styles. With these humble roots, it has an understated look despite the sometimes-formal design elements it features. It’s all about approachability and livability, with a focus on materials and forms that celebrate the skill of the craftsman. In homes with a traditional interior design style, you’ll see a lot of wood, dark leather, soft fabrics, and furniture with minimal ornamentation.

And though traditional home decor can seem somewhat predictable, it doesn’t have to be cookie-cutter. Traditional style rooms often include antique furniture and decor pieces—which actually allows you to incorporate some really unique elements into your home.

There’s a reason that traditional interior design is considered classic and timeless—as its influences come all the way back from our country’s beginnings. But that doesn’t mean the result is a dated look.

traditional interior designIntroducing New Traditional: A New Take on an Old Design Style

In fact, today, we’re focusing on “New Traditional”—aka a slightly more streamlined and updated version of traditional interior design that’s ready to take on mid-century modern as the new trendy style on the block. While New Traditional, of course, features traditional design elements, it also has hints of trendy style updates. We’ve dreamed up a home that brings this style to life and is filled with tons of New Traditional interior design ideas you can steal. So, settle in and enjoy this home tour of our new favorite take on a traditional style!

traditional interior designThe New Traditional Entryway

Dark walls and organic decorative accents set the tone for this traditional entryway design—not to mention the rest of the home. While it’s certainly grounded in the traditional, with the shapes and wood tones of the furniture, this entryway hints at the modern twists that you’ll find throughout this New Traditional home.

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The Key Elements:

Paint an accent wall. Accent walls create a visual “moment” and are a fun, modern way to define a focal point. Instead of the light neutrals that you might find in most traditional spaces, a pop of dark paint gives these traditional furniture pieces a modern edge.

Use warm, dark wood tones. Opt for furniture in warm, dark woods. This console table has such a rich finish and adds depth to the space. It’s a great way to make a decidedly traditional first impression!

Add hints of antiques. When you think of New Traditional design, you may think of something a bit more modern. But this style is also a great place to add antique furniture pieces for a pop of something unique. Here, we’ve added an antique chair, which pairs beautifully with the traditional console.

traditional interior designThe New Traditional Living Room

Traditional style living rooms tend to lean more formal in their layouts, but you’ll notice that this one still feels cozy and inviting. This space is perfect for curling up with a book, shared conversations, or—thanks to the two seating zones—a little of both.

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The Key Elements:

Use traditional shapes and materials. When it comes to the living room design, go with classic pieces of traditional furniture—like wingback armchairs, roll-arm sofas, and a traditional floral-motif rug. Throughout this living room, you’ll also notice accents of wood and metal that feel traditional and “heavy”—but not overbearing. All of these elements help ground the space, giving it an inviting vibe. But you can add a modern twist with patterns in the upholstery, like the chairs in this design.

Create zones. We love the idea of creating two “zones” within one living space. Above, you’ll notice there’s the formal living area, but there’s also another conversation area by the fireplace for more intimate chats.

Go classic with a blue and white color palette. Blue is calming and serene. And paired with whites and creams? Absolutely classic. So, incorporate it throughout your traditional living room design. A rug is the perfect place to ground a color palette—but add pops throughout the other upholstery and decorative accents like we did here in the chairs and pillows.

traditional interior designThe New Traditional Dining Room

On tonight’s menu: dining in traditional style! In this design we paired a traditional, rustic table with slipcovered end chairs along with traditional ladder dining chairs on the sides of the table. But a deep red wall, the light fixture, and an eclectic rug give this traditional dining room an updated vibe. It’s the perfect mix of old and new.

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The Key Elements:

Opt for an updated traditional rug. While this rug leans traditional in the overall pattern, it has a more eclectic take in both the color tones and the way the pattern comes to life. This leans into the “new” element of New Traditional design.

Install an industrial light fixture. While this light fixture has the traditional-inspired candle lights, the shape and material lean more industrial. This gives a modern edge to the traditional design scheme.

Mix formal and casual. This dining room features some very formal slipcovered chairs on either end of the table. But, in between, is a much more casual dining chair style. While both of these dining chairs fall into the traditional camp, mixing them together gives a pleasant high-low feel to this space.

traditional interior designThe New Traditional Bedroom

This bedroom is beautifully American Traditional—but it definitely has moments that celebrate that “new” take on traditional, too. You’ll notice those updated elements in the shape and finish of the spindle bed, as well as the use of two stools rather than a bench at the end of the bed. The result? A cozy, inviting, traditional bedroom design, perfect for relaxing at the beginning and end of each day!

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The Key Elements:

Go symmetrical. To ground this look in the comfortable predictability of traditional design, go for a symmetrical layout. But add an unexpected twist by opting for more modern industrial sconces rather than traditional bedside table lamps.

Mix patterns. Traditional checkered pillows pair with striped shams behind and a more modern pattern in the lumbar pillow. All of these are paired with a vintage-inspired washed out rug in a traditional pattern, creating a dynamic, layered look in the bedroom design.

Add an unexpected element. Putting a bench at the end of the bed would be a very traditional design move. But, to off-set the American Traditional vibe of this bedroom, we added in a slightly unexpected element by opting for leather and wood stools instead!

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Rustic Bedroom Design: 17 Ways to Create a Rustic Bedroom Retreat

Your master bedroom has always been one of the most important spots in your house. It’s where you spend most of your time at home—whether you’re sleeping, winding down in the evening, or waking up and starting a new day! Whether you’re a busybody or a homebody, everybody needs a good bedroom design that makes you feel comfortable and relaxed.

In a lot of ways, your bedroom design affects everything in your life! Creating the right space for your needs and personality can help ensure that you get restful sleep and have a private sanctuary to retreat to when you need a break from the everyday chaos of life.

There are so many different bedroom ideas to choose from but rustic interior design is one of our favorites here at Modsy! It makes sense that rustic bedrooms are so popular these days—they’re the perfect look for a comfortable, cozy space that you can call your own. It’s a great style for bedrooms because rustic bedroom furniture is warm and inviting —ideal vibes for the most intimate room in your house. Rustic is a style that can go many directions, too! It easily blends into farmhouse, modern rustic, cozy log cabin aesthetics and more. To prove it, we rounded-up 17 rustic bedroom decorating ideas to help you get some design inspiration for your rustic bedroom design at home!

Light + Breezy Bedroom

We love the open, airy vibes of this light and airy rustic room design. The look starts with neutral base furniture like the bed frame, reclaimed wood nightstands, and modern rustic mirror leaning against the wall. The pops of blue give it a warm, soothing energy, perfect for getting a restful night of sleep.

Caning and rattan in the bed frame add a light, boho feel and the material ensures that the beautiful view and natural light are not blocked. Nature-inspired decor like the butterfly art and greenery look great in rustic bedroom ideas like this. It’s the perfect space to wake up to every morning!

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Contemporary Rustic Retreat

If you love rustic bedroom design but want to update it with a contemporary touch, you might love this space. Modern pieces like the lighting and dark wood nightstand modernize the cool, airy space. We love spindle bed frames for a super rustic touch, and this one fits perfectly with the blue woven rug and crisp white duvet. The room features dark neutrals and warm tones to make it an extra cozy space and the casual layout with extra seating creates an inviting atmosphere.

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Colorful Rustic Vibes

Rustic bedroom ideas like this can show off a whole range of colors! This master bedroom design features traditional rustic furniture like the iron bed and wood nightstand to ground the room. Pops of color bring the space to life, like the pillow patterns, throw blanket, and vibrant orange lamp. The hanging tapestry adds a rustic/southwestern flair for extra panache! This is a great example of a small space bedroom that packs in loads of style.

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Classic Formal Flair

For a more elegant and formal approach to rustic bedroom ideas, check out this gorgeous boudoir! The striking bed frame sets the stage for a luxurious look and the refined wood tones of the dresser, nightstand, and bench keep it extra classy. The design scheme features a neutral/soft color palette and it has a formal layout with plenty of cozy touches. And we love how the circular mirror and the striking chandelier add extra luxe appeal.

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Cozy Farmhouse Bedroom

For super down-to-earth rustic bedroom ideas, you can’t go wrong with the reclaimed wood and earthy tones of farmhouse style bedroom design. This room features weathered wood tones and caning, both of which are hallmarks of classic rustic design. The muted tones and cow art bring in a farmhouse vibe, along with the patterned pillows on the bed. And the pendant light leaves the nightstand surface open for decor so you can choose stylings that show off your personality!

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Coastal Bedroom Escape

Want to bring a bit of the beach into your rustic bedroom design? We love bedroom ideas like this coastal interior design style! Details like the carved, reclaimed wood furniture ground the room in rustic appeal and the woven pendant and beachy art give it a seaside vibe. The pop of blue in the art and dresser bring some warmth and pair well with the pale yellows for a whimsical color palette. It’s one of the best rustic bedroom ideas for a compact layout that’s still super cozy—the layered pillows add the perfect plush touch to finish off the room!

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Pure Rustic Warmth

This is one of the best rustic bedrooms for purists who don’t want to stray too far from the pure form of this style. The master bedroom features elegant weathered woods for a very earthy, organic touch. Butterfly art and nature-inspired decor mix well with the plants, reclaimed wood, and natural light. It’s a great example of how rustic bedroom design can be refined and elegant with styling, but casual with materials. And we love the non-traditional lighting with a pendant over the nightstand.

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Modern Rustic Retreat

This is one of our favorite modern rustic bedroom ideas with an extra punch of personality! The master bedroom is full of natural woods and a neutral palette to give it a casual, welcoming vibe. Modern forms like the chair and dresser and the pop of red give the room a little added edge. The leather pouf and linen touches add warmth and vibrance, and there’s a variety of seating options so you can find spots for reading, putting on shoes, tossing your bag, etc.

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Rustic Farmhouse Flair

This rustic farmhouse bedroom design is calm, cool, and collected, just like a master bedroom should be. Nothing says farmhouse interior design like an iron bed frame, and this one pairs perfectly with the charming art and sleek, symmetrical layout. We love rustic bedroom ideas that start with a neutral palette and then add texture and pattern with different furniture and decor elements. The rug, leather bench, and basket set pair nicely with the crisp white linens and formal style of this bedroom.

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Cozy Meets Classic

Another way to go with rustic bedroom ideas is to mix classic elements into the bedroom design. This look softens the space with a delicate color palette of mauve, browns, and tans. The art sketches of farm animals are very rustic and the wood side table and bed frame are natural and raw. The rug adds a pop of color for a vintage, distressed finish that brings the whole rustic bedroom design together.

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Cool, Clean, Contemporary

We love this cool, clean rustic bedroom design with an organic, earthy vibe that’s great for resting and rejuvenating! The master bedroom features rustic elements (peep the reclaimed wood and earth-toned upholstery!) in contemporary form. The tufted headboard adds comfort and decor like the amber glass pendants add a contemporary twist. Nature-inspired art and lots of live plants mix well with the soothing, organic palette.

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Refined Bedroom Retreat

This is one of the most refined rustic bedrooms on the list and we just love the glamorous green color scheme! It’s a mix of rustic and classic design that creates an elegant and formal space. Touches like the plush, patterned rug and the grid gallery wall add a formal touch. And nothing says “refined taste” like a tall upholstered headboard! The rustic linens help to merge the two styles together and bring the whole look down to earth.

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Desert Oasis

One of our favorite casual rustic bedroom ideas is giving the style a southwestern spin. Master bedrooms take on a whole new look and feel with a couple of touches like this red southwestern style rug, pops of warm wood, and horse art! The weathered wood bed has tons of rustic appeal and the trunk style dresser and nightstand make this room feel extra youthful and cozy.

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Rustic Mod Bedroom

If you’re a fan of dramatic rustic bedroom ideas, this rustic mod space might be just your cup of tea! The dark wall creates a bold backdrop for the iron bed and weathered wood nightstand. The unique, asymmetrical shape of the room is enhanced by the lamp on one side and sconce on the other. Having a stark white rug and linens offers a cool contrast against the dark wall and the low-hanging art is great for slanted ceilings.

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Rustic Modernist Dreams

This mix of rustic and mid-century modern is perfect for those who love cool, curated rustic bedroom ideas. It features rustic-style elements, like the woven basket and wood nightstands. The gallery wall has mid-century flair in its form but uses rustic art. Furniture features mid-century tapered legs and the lighting and platform bed skew modern as well. There are layers of texture and pattern on the bed to create a lush, luxurious feel. And the asymmetrical layout keeps the style casual and inviting.

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Rustic Kids Room

Rustic style can be for kids’ bedroom designs too! This kid’s room has a traditional rustic feel with natural wood and oversized furniture that creates a cabin-like feel. It’s also great storage furniture, so there are plenty of places to tuck away toys and such. The room has lots of vibrant earth tones to add personality for kids and uses lots of nature and animal decor to keep the look fresh and lively!

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Rustic Minimalist Retreat

For a soothing, serene rustic bedroom retreat, try pairing rustic style with minimalist elements. This master bedroom design features bright wood and organic decor in line with rustic style—check out the dresser and nightstand as well as the pops of green in the rug, pillows, and linens. These elements fit well into the super minimal styling and clean line aesthetic of this bedroom design. And the soothing neutral and earth tone color palette helps create the perfect atmosphere for a blissful night of sleep.

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Design Recipe: The Secret Ingredients to a Modern Rustic Living Room Design

Modern rustic design. Perhaps you’ve heard of it—or have, at the very least, seen it around Pinterest and Instagram. (It’s all the rage at the moment, and we’ve been seeing it all over the place!) This popular style mixes mid-century and rustic design elements for a look that’s both trendy and livable. But, while it’s a style that looks effortless and approachable, it doesn’t come together on it’s own. It takes a little thought and preparation. But don’t worry, it’s very attainable to create this look in your own home!

Today, we’re breaking down this style—showing you the key ingredients to create this look, how to mix them together, and answering all of your most pressing questions about modern rustic design! Wondering more about what makes modern rustic so appealing? How to design a space in this style? What kind of furniture do you need to get the look? Read on for our complete design recipe for modern rustic style.

 modern rustic living room furnitureWhat is Modern Rustic Style?

Let’s start with the basics: what is modern rustic style? Well, as we mentioned, it has a foundation in mid-century design elements, tossed together with a rustic aesthetic. The result is approachable, comfortable interiors.

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However, some people are hesitant to mix design styles. In fact, a question we often get is, “Can you even mix modern with rustic??” The answer: absolutely! We’re all about mixing styles at Modsy. Some of our most popular looks are a mix of styles—like modern farmhouse (mid-century and farmhouse, a close cousin of modern rustic), mod visionary (mid-century and minimal, a clean and cool take on mid-century modern that’s more approachable for everyday living), and rustic warmth (rustic and transitional styles that result in a space that’s cozy and designed for family living. And, of course, modern rustic! When it comes to interior design, it’s ok to mix unexpected elements. You may be surprised at the result! Once you start mixing styles, there are so many nuanced ways to personalize a style and make it your own.

 modern rustic living room furnitureHow do You Design a Modern Rustic Living Room?

We love that a modern rustic look features a more of-the-moment take on mid-century style—a style that just continues to evolve in the most interesting ways. And it’s rooted in rustic design’s love of comfort and warmth. In this style, you’ll notice a lot of rustic materials—like weathered woods, leather, jute, linen, and brass. But the shapes of furniture and decor will have more of that mid-century vibe, with streamlined forms, tapered legs on furniture, and a smattering of organic shapes.

As you can see, this is an eclectic style by nature, with an unexpected but delightful mix of two styles together in one space. This eclectic mix gives modern rustic homes a more informal, casual feel where you can really kick back and relax!

So, how do you design a modern rustic room? There are a few key ingredients that go into it, and we’re ready to share our secrets. Specifically, we’re going to focus on modern rustic living room ideas—but these tips pretty much apply to any room in your house that you want to infuse with a modern rustic look. So, read on for our full design recipe for a modern rustic living room, with all of the furniture essentials!

 modern rustic living room furnitureComfortable foundational furniture

Any rustic style has comfort at its core. And modern rustic is no different. In fact, comfort is one of the main ingredients of these spaces! While modern rustic living room furniture should have simple, clean lines, you want to make sure you opt for pieces that prioritize comfort. Sofas should be plush and perfect for lounging. Armchairs should be cozy, the perfect place to curl up with a good book. And, though we’re talking about living room furniture in this post, prioritize comfort in modern rustic bedrooms too, with an upholstered bed or headboard!

But back to living room design. We love the Ravine Home Lova sofa, pictured above, for it’s beautiful clean lines and deep seating. Plush feather and down-wrapped seat cushions and pillows mean ultimate comfort! The soft leather and deep seat of this Scout Home accent chair adds another comfortable seating option to this modern rustic living room.

Casual layout

The living room furniture layout you choose can really help drive home your overall design style. Modern rustic spaces have an informal vibe. So, play that up with a casual layout. Consider an asymmetrical layout in your living room, with mismatched side tables and chairs. Then, incorporate unexpected elements—like using poufs instead of chairs! Any of these moves will make your space feel more approachable and comfortable.

In this space, we placed an accent chair on one side of the couch—and instead of having a matching chair opposite of it, we opted for a pair of poufs! We love this, as it adds a casual touch to the space, and also provides a lot of versatility, as poufs are easy to move around and can be used as extra seating, a soft foot rest, or even a makeshift side table when needed. But to keep the space from feeling too eclectic, we opted for side-by-side square tables as an alternative to a traditional coffee table.

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Accents in natural wood

Natural wood is key to both mid-century and rustic aesthetics—so mixing it in your modern rustic living room furniture is an absolute must. Mid-century design prefers acorn woods, while Scandinavian design loves blonde. And rustic spaces tend to like weathered, darker wood tones. Here’s where the personalization comes in: you get to pick the wood tone that works for you!

In the design above, we chose darker wood accents to push a more rustic aesthetic. But you’ll also notice we opted for a lighter, natural wood in the bookcase cabinet—a reminder that you can mix and match wood finishes in one room! And speaking of natural wood: bonus points if your living room has exposed beams! Embrace this architectural element, which will help bring your modern rustic living room to life even more!

Neutral but warm color palette

Next, whisk in a touch of color. Modern rustic rooms generally have a neutral or warm palette. So, you won’t see as many blues, purples, or greens here! Instead, stick to earth tones like rust, ochre, dusty pinks, and clay. Then, balance out those colors with plenty of neutrals. This will keep your space feeling serene! This mix of neutrals and earth tones will also complement the natural materials in the space, like leather and wood.

In this living room, the color mostly comes through in upholstery, both in the rug and the throw pillows. But the wall art also adds a subtle pop of color that ties in with the pillows! However, all of the foundational furniture pieces, as well as the wall color, are calming neutrals.

 modern rustic living room furnitureOrganic, geometric shapes

Now stir up some movement. Mid-century modern style is all about geometry. Bring this into your space with a few fun accents, side tables, art, and even in the shape of a side chair. (We love the swooping arm detail on this one). Geometric elements with a sense of movement will give your space a more organic vibe—pulling in the mid-century flair without going too Don Draper.

Case in point: We balanced out the hard lines of the coffee tables with a sculptural, organic side table. The plants also add organic shapes and movement to this living room.

Pops of leather and cowhide

A key ingredient to any rustic look? A little leather! You can easily incorporate leather elements through a leather armchair or cowhide poufs. Or layer in a cowhide rug, opt for leather pillows, or go a bit bigger with a leather sofa!

We love the way leather patinas over time, which will give your space a more vintage, lived-in feel. And leather with patina just so happens to be great for this modern rustic look! So, while the leather chair featured in this room looks beautiful brand-new, it will only look better with age!

Vintage-style rug

Modern rustic style loves a dash of vintage—so, don’t forget to toss a bit into your living room design! A great way to bring this into your space is with a vintage-style rug. We love faded oriental options, or even an overdyed rug. This will ground your living room with a sense of history and balance out the more modern and streamlined furnishings. It will also help up the cozy vibes!

You can also add vintage vibes with decor pieces and artwork—whether they’re true vintage or just vintage inspired. We also opted for a glass-front cabinet in this living room, rather than a traditional bookcase, which is a subtle nod to vintage furniture design.

 modern rustic living room furnitureStorage!

Once you have the basics in place, roll it out with some storage. Functionality is key to modern rustic design. And a huge part of that functionality is ample storage. We recommend a big cabinet or credenza for easy, functional living room storage. Baskets also add a pop of texture and are great for stashable storage. They’re just the thing for blankets, kids toys, or anything else you want to keep close at hand! You could also opt for a storage ottoman rather than a pouf, or a storage coffee table if you want extra hidden storage.

But storage doesn’t just have to be hidden. The cabinet featured in this living room adds a ton of visible storage—perfect for a mix of books and decorative objects that can further personalize your modern rustic living room. And, since it has glass doors, that means less dusting, too!

Mix of patterns

It’s time to mix in some patterns. We mentioned earlier that this style leans a bit more eclectic. And another way this shows up is through a fun mix of patterns. In addition to the patterns found in your vintage-inspired rug, pile on pillows in a few different patterns. Don’t be afraid to mix and match unexpected patterns! You can also incorporate patterns by way of texture (as seen in the ceramic vase, above). A mix of patterns gives your space visual texture and makes it feel more dynamic. And you can dial up or down how much pattern you have in the space to make it feel more or less eclectic. The mix of patterns is a great way to really personalize this style and make it feel unique to your home!

Plants!

Garnish your modern rustic space with a bit of green. Because there is no better way to top off a modern rustic space than with a pop of life! While this tends to be a more neutral style, pops of greenery are very welcome in modern rustic homes. Consider investing in a floor plant, then add a few succulents throughout. This will—quite literally—bring your space to life and make you feel happier!

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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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My Modsy Story: Creating the Perfect Home Office in a Brand New “Forever Home”

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When she started working from home, Sarah was ready for a home office that she loved. See how she brought the space of her dreams to life.

Homeowner: Sarah O, Accountant

Location: Canandaigua, NY

Room: Home Office

Her Style: Refined Rustic

The Backstory

My husband and I were moving from a 2 bedroom condo in Boston, MA to a 4 bedroom home in Canandaigua NY. We brought a few pieces from our old space to the new one, but overall the house was a blank canvas and we had lots of empty space to fill.

We also knew we wanted to make this our “forever home,” so we were ready to invest in the design and wanted to get it just right. To top it off, I was starting a new role that meant I’d be working remotely and I wanted to make sure I had a home office setup that I loved.

Sarah’s space before

The Design Dilemma

Knowing that I’d be working from home a majority of the time, I wanted an office where I could stay focused and relaxed. I’ve never had my own office before and I was totally overwhelmed with no clue how or where to start!

I knew I wanted it to be something feminine but also not over the top. Since I was without a clear idea, I wanted to envision some different possibilities for the space before investing in furniture and getting it set up. But I’m such a visual person, all I could see was empty space and I couldn’t visualize any ideas for the room.

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I saw an ad for Modsy online and it sounded like the perfect solution to my problem! I read a few reviews and looked at pictures of how the process worked so I was very excited to get started.

It seemed like Modsy offered the ideal solution where I could see how everything would come together in a design without spending a fortune and having to deal with returns while I made up my mind.

home office modsyHow Modsy’s Designs Helped Sarah

I LOVED my first set of designs. They gave me totally new ideas for my office that I never would have thought of before. I really struggled with what would fit in the room, where to put things, and which elements would make the best use of the space.

I never would have thought of an open bookcase, but our designer, Rebecca, suggested it and it is the perfect solution. She answered my countless questions and was so attentive in listening to my feedback in order to create my dream room! She was also super helpful in finding pieces that worked for my budget and that I absolutely love.

I ended up keeping the exact layout and I purchased most of the items she suggested. My office looks pretty much exactly like my final Modsy design! The process of ordering furniture through Modsy was very seamless and the products arrived really quickly. It was so convenient to be able to do it all online – and the prices were affordable too.home office modsy

home office modsyThe Real Results

My office feels amazing. It’s exactly what I wanted and I absolutely love going into my own work space every morning. It is so tranquil and organized, I have tons of storage to keep everything in its place so it doesn’t get cluttered.

Rebecca also helped me pick out the new paint color. With that and all the other pieces in the room the space has the perfect feminine touch I was looking for. Overall, Modsy helped me tap into my design style and feel confident that I was buying all the right things for my home office. Thanks Modsy!

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My Modsy Story: So Many Rooms, Not Enough Furniture

After moving from the city to the suburbs, Michelle realized that none of her old furniture worked in her new house. She was overwhelmed and needed a design fix, stat.

Homeowner: Michelle L, Business Operations & Strategy Consultant

Location: Fairhope, AL

Room: Multiple Rooms

Her Style: Refined Rustic

The Backstory

My family and I had just moved from the city-center in Atlanta to Fairhope, a small town by the water.

I love playing around with interior design, but with so many new rooms and not enough furniture, I had no idea where to start! The rooms in our new space had completely different layouts and nothing from our previous house worked with the new space. We were starting from square one and it felt like an enormous job.

Michelle’s spaces before

The Design Dilemma

Finding the right layout for each room and coordinating the color schemes was really important to me. I knew I needed the guidance of a designer to feel confident that I was investing in the right items.

“We were starting from square one and it felt like an enormous job.”

To top it off, I was having a really hard time visualizing how everything would come together. I had to think about the master bedroom, dining room, breakfast nook, playroom, AND guest bedroom! I just couldn’t imagine how to fill all of these spaces and get the house to start looking like a home.

The Modsy Moment

I had worked with a few designers before and they were all very different experiences. One provided a book of ideas but then I was left to source the actual items myself, which was really time-consuming. Another designer came to our home but I found them hard to work with and was uncomfortable brainstorming ideas together.

These experiences left me feeling exasperated! So when I saw an ad for Modsy on Instagram I decided to give it a try. I’ll admit I was a little wary of paying for designs without any guarantees. What if I hated them? After the previous unsatisfying experiences with designers I definitely had my guard up but was willing to take a chance on something new.

personal designerHow Modsy’s Designs Helped Michelle

Overall, I was super impressed with Modsy’s service. My first two master bedroom designs were awesome and got me excited for what else they’d come up with. After collaborating so well on that project, I had my personal designer, Isabela, tackle our dining room with her own choices. I was blown away by my first design! With that, Modsy put all my worries to rest.

Working with Isabela was wonderful – she was so helpful and never got frustrated with me. It was the perfect blend of me being hands-on and making suggestions while also getting the professional advice of an expert designer.

“It was the perfect blend of me being hands-on and making suggestions while also getting the professional advice of an expert designer.”

Isabela shared ideas I would never have thought of on my own. For example, the gallery wall and use of black in my master bedroom came from her, and I think this turned out wonderfully. And when I found a different bed frame, she still helped me pick out the perfect fabric color that would work with the overall design.

Modsy personal designerThe Real Results

My dining room looks exactly like the design Isabela created. I’m still working on acquiring unique decor items to finalize the room, but all of the big pieces are there!

I’m also proud of how my master bedroom turned out. It was truly a collaborative effort between Isabela and myself. Her initial design ideas inspired me and got my creativity flowing. From there I was able to play around with my own ideas for the space.

Modsy personal designer

Once pieces were chosen, I loved how easy and seamless the purchasing experience was with Modsy. It was so convenient to do everything online, and I found that they offered great prices and discounts.

“The value Modsy adds through the collaboration with a personal designer far surpasses the cost. Well worth it!”

In the end, working with Modsy helped me feel confident in my decisions – which for me is a major issue when decorating my own home! Isabela was open to any question and always patient. The value Modsy adds through the collaboration with a personal designer far surpasses the cost. Well worth it!

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5 Ways to Master A Rustic Bedroom Design

A 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: Vintage 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 Vintage 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 Bedroom with Bird PrintsThe Look: Rustic Farmhouse

A trendier take on vintage farmhouse style, rustic farmhouse has a lot of similar elements as modern farmhouse, but (naturally) with more of a rustic bent. (Confused by the difference? Check out a breakdown on three takes on farmhouse interior design style.) It has a beautiful way of balancing hard and soft, old and new, for a look that’s cozy and fresh.

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The Key Elements

Rustic farmhouse bedrooms mix rustic and traditional elements with a contemporary twist. Case in point: an antique-inspired spindle bed, rendered in a more contemporary shape. The same goes for natural materials like wood, leather, and linen: rugged but streamlined. Mixing of metals with plush layers of bedding creates that contrast between hard and soft, which visually echoes the high-contrast but neutral color palette. Whimsical artwork with antique-inspired vibes adds some distinct personality to the space.

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Love shiplap and need the perfect cozy, character-filled farmhouse bedroom to go with it. This is your classic Fixer Upper, Chip and Joanna Gaines look—so if you’re a fan of their aesthetic, this is your look.

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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