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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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Rustic Decor Inspiration For Perfectly Relaxed Rooms

rustic decorIf you love rustic interiors, you probably have a pretty good idea what it is about the look that catches your eye. Maybe it’s a spare white room with all the right vintage pieces. Or maybe it’s a cozy living space full of relaxed seating and beautiful woven accents.

But designing a rustic room isn’t always so straightforward. It’s a style that can go in many different directions depending on what you like. You can go for a modern farmhouse look and mix slipcovered sofas with raw wood and metal. Or you can layer graphic art alongside textured accents to play up a warm, rustic vibe.

Being one of our most popular Modsy looks, we’ve rounded up a few of our favorite rustic interiors to get you inspired. Take a look and pick up a few tips for bringing the look to life in your own home along the way.

rustic decorIf you enjoy a relaxed home…

Consider a mix of rustic and traditional furnishings that play up an open and inviting atmosphere. Combining your living and dining areas is a good place to start. It’s a great layout that eases up the flow in a room.

Try bringing in a slipcovered sofa, comfy classic seating, and raw wood pieces to give your space a laid-back vibe. Then anchor it all with a faded neutral rug that’s in keeping with the airy atmosphere.

rustic decorIf you’re after a calming ambience…

Keep to a few rustic and vintage pieces, like a raw-wood bench, a woven-door cabinet, and an antiqued-wood mirror. Mixing furnishings with different wood finishes provides a rustic look that’s easy on the eyes and doesn’t feel overwhelming.

If you want these pieces to stand out a bit more, paint your walls a gray or charcoal tone for contrast. Adding neutral accents, like linen pillows and monochrome art, will help complete the warm, soothing look.  

rustic decorIf you like a touch of modern…

You’re likely a fan of the rustic-boho, California-style interiors that are constantly showing up on Pinterest. And we understand why. These spaces have that blend of contemporary design, natural materials, and gorgeous rustic accents that make them look and feel cooly curated.

To channel this rustic approach in your home, seek out modern artisanal pieces that are crafted with natural materials, like leather-woven chairs, rattan pendants, and a rough-hewn carved wood table.

rustic decorIf you dig the farmhouse vibe…

You’ll want to strike that perfect blend of relaxed elegance with furnishings that are comfortable yet sophisticated. Slipcovered sofas have the advantage of being incredibly versatile so they’re great foundations for layering in more polished designs, like traditional wood side tables and classic table lamps.

It’s not quite rustic farmhouse without an industrial chandelier, so make it a point to find a metal or vintage one to round out your space. If you’re looking to emphasize a relaxed vibe in your room, try adding southwestern accents, like a patterned, colorful art, or even a textile wall hanging.

rustic decorIf you love a refined look…

It’s likely that your style leans more rustic-sophisticate, meaning you appreciate the look of classic designs with weathered finishes that have a vintage element to them.

If so, consider antiques in light, unfinished woods, such as a settee with an untreated wood frame, a classic pedestal table, or a statement mirror. They have a way of infusing spaces with a sense of refined ease and French Country polish. Round it all out with some greenery – you can always count on plants to brighten up a somewhat formal space.

rustic decorIf you’re all about vintage…

Take a bolder approach to the rustic look. Place the focus on statement vintage-style pieces, like the sideboard in this dining room. The wood finish gives it an Old-World European appeal that lets your easily mix in other pieces. Think a stately chandelier, a pedestal dining table, and Windsor chairs.

The challenge is to make sure your statement pieces don’t overwhelm the space. So be sure to introduce a bit of levity with strong modern accents, like a graphic print and a large round mirror.

rustic decorIf you also want it to look cool…

Focus your designs around an earth-tone palette, natural materials, and accents that have an eclectic-boho feel. This is a subtler approach to rustic style, but it can have big impact especially if you’re working with a small space or home.

Keep colors to sandy hues, terracotta, and rust tones, then layer in lots of woven pieces, be they lighting or baskets, and let those rustic details shine.

rustic decorIf you’re big on comfort…

Opt for a family-friendly mix of rustic, contemporary, and traditional pieces. We like to think of this rustic approach as livable curation, meaning the pieces are chic but also practical for everyday living.

For every stylish piece in your room, pair it with a functional accent. Like this clean-lined sofa with a storage coffee table, the comfy woven armchair with a metallic side table, and the bold credenza flanked by roomy bookcases. It’s the perfect balance of style and function with comfort leading the way.

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