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Our 9 Best Tips for Acing the Rustic Decor Look in Your Space

Rustic interiors are hard not to love. That’s because rustic design is all about celebrating natural materials, warm neutral colors, weathered finishes, and the vintage aesthetic. These are all rustic decor elements that play up a deep sense of comfort and charm.

Types of Rustic Decor Styles

There are many different ways to approach the rustic decor look. You can go minimalist with a mix of rustic home decor and Scandinavian designs; or you can add lots of black and white for a more modern take. To help you figure out how to make rustic decor work in your space, here are some popular rustic design looks to get you thinking:

Farmhouse Style. This is classic rustic style. It has all the key rustic decor elements: natural materials and textures, warm wood furniture, tons of fiber textures, and industrial metal accents.

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Modern Farmhouse. If you like Chip & Joanna Gaine’s fixer-upper style, this is your look. Think of the rustic yet elegant room with a big comfy sofa, a fluffy white rug, and lots of vintage pieces.

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Hygge. Rooted in the Danish concept of embracing life’s simple pleasures, this rustic look is all about comfort. These rooms feature light woods, soft textured pillows, and handmade decor.

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Modern Rustic. Mid-century modern designs mixed with rustic decor is what sets this look apart. You’ll find clean-lined furniture, cowhide and leather pieces, and patterns in warm colors.

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Essential Decor Tips for Rustic Rooms

Now that you’ve gotten refresh on rustic style, let’s talk about what you need to keep in mind when decorating. Read on for our best tips for adding rustic decor seamlessly into your home.

If you love everything rustic and simply need some inspiration, check out our room gallery for rustic design ideas. Have zero idea what interior design style is right for you? Listen to the first episode of our podcast, The Render, where break down how to find your design style!

1. Invite Contrast

When decorating with rustic pieces, a high-contrast palette of black and white offers a modern edge. It’s great if you love the comfy, earthy vibe of rustic design but don’t want your space to feel classic and stuffy. A high-contrast palette will add depth to rustic and neutral furnishings.

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Good Starting Point: Juxtapose furniture pieces, like a white slipcovered chair and farmhouse table, with contemporary black wood chairs, black and white tile details, or a charcoal-color light fixture. If you want a bold modern rustic look, consider painting your walls black.

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2. Mix Your Materials

Mixing different rustic decor and natural materials to add interest and depth to your spaces. The key is to create contrast with neutral colors and natural tones, hard and soft materials, and old and new furnishings. Here, we have a mix of weathered wood, shiplap wood, metal chairs, and galvanized metal accessories.

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Good Starting Point: An easy way to mix rustic materials is to simply pile linen and textured pillows on a soft cotton slipcover sofa.

3. Layer, layer, layer

Speaking of piling on pillows, lots of layered textiles is an essential rustic decor element. Layers add depth, warmth, and a homey feeling, so it’s key to add layers at all levels in a room—the floor (rugs), mid-level (with furniture like a sofa and poufs), and walls and windows (curtains). Because rustic interiors feature mostly neturals, layering textiles is a great way to play up the few patterns you might have and bring out the softness of light-color textiles.

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Good Starting Point: Layering includes rugs, poufs, and pillows. Kick things off with a soft rug. Moroccans, sheepskins, and cowhides are great because they go with almost all rustic decor.

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4. Choose Comfortable Foundations

One of the most important pieces every rustic space has is a comfortable sofa or sectional. This means a plush sofa with firm and well-made cushions that provide great support. Sometimes a pair of cozy armchairs that complement the sofa can help round out your foundational pieces, which are key in setting a warm and welcoming tone in your living space.

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Good Starting Point: You can’t go wrong with an overstuffed sofa that you can easily layer and build on with pillows and throws. Keep to plush sofas with angular and clean-lined silhouettes.

5. Combine Different Textures

Mixing textures add visual interest and depth to rustic spaces. This country cottage bedroom perfectly showcases the warmth that comes from incorporating varying textures: The iron bed frame is paired with a weathered-wood dresser, a woven basket contrasts with the faded rug and white curtains, a brass mirror offsets the barn-white walls. Different textures are what make rooms feel curated and decorated.

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Good Place To Start: A rustic bedroom is the best place to experiment with textures since you can easily mix hard materials with soft textiles. Decide if you want an upholstered or metal bed and go from there. For inspo, check out our rustic bedroom design tips.

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6. Embrace Vintage

Rustic interiors have a lived-in feel because they always include pieces that bring a sense of history. It can range from vintage finds to old heirloom furniture and accents to simply rustic decor that have a weathered look or patina to them.

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Good Place To Start: Add at least one weathered wood piece to your spaces, be it a raw-wood sideboard for the dining room or a vintage distressed-wood coffee table in the living room. These are pieces that will add instant character and a rustic look.

7. Add Nature-Inspired Charm

For rustic interiors that have the shabby chic aesthetic, layer your space with charming details and nature-inspired motifs. These decor touches will provide both rustic warmth and a bit of romance. It’s a look that’s also a tad more colorful and feminine. try adding nature-inspired

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Good Place To Start: Floral patterns in art and pillows are easy additions that can bring this look to your spaces. Just be sure to keep your color palette to pastels and soft shades so that it complements the rustic and neutral decor scheme. Layering in real (or faux) flowers will also help play up this rustic country cottage look.

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8. Skip All Formalities

Rustic interiors are casual by design given the neutral colors and relaxed decor. They’re spaces that are meant to be lived in after all. Keeping a casual layout will help play up that relaxed atmosphere in spaces. Instead of formal furniture, keep to simple pieces, which will help make your spaces and layouts feel none too precious.

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Good Place To Start: A casual layout comes down to casual furnishings that don’t feel rigid or overly traditional and proper. Try a wooden bench and slouchy slipcovered chairs at a dining table or place a linen armchair slightly off center from a slipcovered sofa that’s piled with pillows.

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9. Use Natural Materials

Natural materials provide an organic element that set apart rustic spaces. Opt for natural rustic decor, like raw or distressed woods, woven fiber pieces, galvanized metal accents, and leather that show some patina and wear. The beauty of natural materials is in their textures and imperfections, and those are what really make rustic spaces feel cozy and approachable.

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Good Place To Start: Identify leather elements to bring in to your space, like a chair made with tan leather or a cowhide rug. The most layered, textured, and cozy rustic interiors involve decorating with leather. Just be sure to keep it to one or two statement pieces.

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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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Designing a Rustic Bedroom? Start With These Tips!

rustic bedroomMove over Mid-Century Modern, rustic is taking over as the trendiest style in your Pinterest feed. From the Fixer-Upper look, to Chris Loves Julia’s cozy minimal style, rustic interiors are truly having a moment.

But how to bring the rustic look to life in your home can sometimes be a challenge. With so many rustic styles out there, where do you even start? To help, we’re cracking open our designers’ playbook and dishing our best rustic design tips.

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rustic bedroom1. Look for Traditional Shapes

Foundation pieces with a more classic or traditional shape will help steer your room to a decidedly rustic look. Don’t you love how this wrought-iron bed brings a timeless quality to the room?

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2. Embrace an Industrial Aesthetic

Industrial design is all about incorporating raw materials that show off their age and history. Bring this idea to your rustic bedroom by seeking pieces that display their age and even feel a bit unfinished.

This will help add texture and dimension to your room, and give it that distinctly weathered vibe that rustic spaces are so well known for.

rustic bedroom3. Keep to a Neutral Palette

Rustic interiors tend to shy away from bold colors and embrace a more muted aesthetic. This helps the materials and textures shine, and also creates a cozy feeling.

To keep your space from feeling too eclectic and modern, look for neutral tones when styling your rustic bedroom. Check out how this refined bedroom works a neutral palette that still feels full and never flat!

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4. Play With Pattern

Pattern is an amazing way to add personality to any space. Rustic rooms in particular can use pattern to easily create a sense of cozy, homeyness.

When picking your patterns, go either for something classic, like these medallion patterned pillows, or traditionally rustic, like this plaid rug.

rustic bedroom5. Add Organic Textures and Materials

What really brings a rustic bedroom to life is the layering of textures. Specifically, go for pieces that have an organic look and are made of natural materials to give your rustic bedroom dimension.

Think natural fiber rugs, reclaimed woods, metals, woven wicker and rattan, as well as leathers and sheepskins. Then layer them all together for a rustic bedroom look that’s as cozy as can be!

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6. Try a Hand-Made Look

Unlike more contemporary styles, rustic interiors embrace a less sleek and overly-polished aesthetic. To bring this idea to your space, look for pieces that have a hand-made feel, like this leather bench and chunky knit blankets.

rustic bedroom7. Go Vintage

Just like hand-made pieces, if you have any family heirlooms or antiques, your rustic bedroom is a great place to let them shine. This trunk-turned-nightstand adds a unique flair to this bedroom and gives it a slightly retro vibe.

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8. Pile on the Pillows

Nothing makes a bedroom more inviting than a pile of pillows on the bed! Not only do they make for a comfortable place to watch TV or read a book, lots of pillows give your room that full, lived-in look that is so crucial to rustic interiors!

rustic bedroom9. Stay Symmetrical

If you want a more traditional rustic vibe, embrace a symmetrical layout in your bedroom. This will create a sense of balance and give your bedroom an air of formality that will keep it from feeling too modern or edgy.

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10. Keep It Cozy

The most important thing tip to remember when designing a rustic bedroom, is to always keep it cozy. Coziness is probably the thing above all else that sets rustic interiors apart. They’re always warm, inviting places you want to snuggle up in and never leave.

So add some chunky throw blankets, light a few candles, and get ready to snuggle up inside your cozy, rustic bedroom!

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