Rustic Interior Design Styles

Rustic interiors evoke a simpler time and provide a sense of connection to the past that’s hard to resist. Although it’s quite common to blend different elements of each of the rustic styles together, it does help to be able to identify the core aspects of each one.

Rustic interior design is unpretentious, emphasizing organic textures and shapes. It incorporates items that are homespun, timeworn and handcrafted as well as earthy colors, re-purposed objects, barn-inspired elements and weathered materials.

Rustic style has natural overtones that creates a parallel between exterior and interior spaces. While rustic style in it’s most traditional sense has appeared heavy and dark, a more contemporary approach has emerged that is far more light and fresh.

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Log Cabin & Lodge Design

The log cabin and lodge style of design combines the rural charm of mountain living with natural elements, natural fabrics and weathered metals. To achieve this look try layering warm colors, patterns and textures as well as vibrant quilts, warm cabin rugs and leather.

Rustic charm is about retaining a natural look and works well with handcrafted, rough-hewn wood, organic materials and wrought iron. Create a color palette inspired from nature using subtle browns, greens, reds and sandy tones to give the interior space an earthy and rustic feel.

Get the lodge look by pairing rich leathers with rustic wood elements and classic tartans. Look for earth toned accessories, earthenware containers, colorful quilts and lodge style lamps.

Rustic Kitchen & Dining Room

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Rustic Great Room

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Modern Rustic Design

Modern rustic design combines old-world elements with contemporary and works best when presented in minimalist arrangements. This style seeks to combine the warmth and charm of a rustic home with the style and convenience of a modern dwelling. It provides the best of two words, allowing home owners to create an eclectic space that reflects individual personality. By incorporating honed, hammered and distressed finishes and objects into the space, a room can both rustic and modern in design.

To achieve a modern rustic approach, add a few eclectic items such as industrial décor, bold kilim patterns, natural wood finishes, dark leather chairs, reclaimed furniture and ottomans.

Key elements of a modern rustic space are an open floor plan, exposed natural architectural elements and modern furniture. The color scheme is generally simple and evokes an informal elegance.

Modern Rustic Interior Design

Luxury Chalet  | Rustic Great Room
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Modern Rustic Dining Room
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Industrial Design

Industrial design combines both rustic and clean aesthetics in varying degrees based on personal preference. It is inspired from old factories and industrial spaces and structural elements are turned into showpieces. Industrial design provides the opportunity to mix the raw with the refined and the modern with vintage.

A natural palette is most commonly used combining a mix of grays, neutrals and rustic colors. Most industrial spaces incorporate weathered wood, exposed brick, concrete and industrial lighting fixtures. Mechanical components in lighting are often reminiscent of steampunk culture. Floor lamps with metal finishes fit well with this style.

Rugs should be faded or combine dark tones rather than being vibrant or having geometric patterns. Large sectionals help close off larger spaces and help divide the living areas.

Industrial Interior Design

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Industrial Style Design
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Rustic Industrial Design

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Southwestern Design

Southwestern style can often have a blend of Spanish, Mexican and Native American influence. As with most rustic styles, Southwestern design features wood, earthy colors, texture, wrought iron and handcrafted furniture along with terracotta. Colorful textiles such as sturdy woven fabrics, suede and leather are used to add vibrancy to the space. The colors used reflect colors found in nature. Mix graphic weavings with calico and plaid as well as soft leather and natural hides. Take color cues from the vibrancy of the sunset, cactus flower blooms, the eye-popping colors of Mexican art,  or go subtle with hues from the desert, the prairie or gentle mountain valleys.

Southwestern décor is natural and warm with a hint of rugged appeal. Wrought iron, hand-painted pottery and sculptures are typical decorative accents. Terra cotta tiles or light wood flooring is often used to achieve this look.

This style makes use of found objects like horseshoes, antlers, saddles and other rustic paraphernalia. Furniture is usually upholstered in leather with extra details like fringe and nail head trim, but it is also regularly covered in thick, hand-woven wool textiles. Cowboy memorabilia from the 1950’s can add a whimsical touch.

Southwestern Design

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Southwestern Design

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Farmhouse & Country Design

Farmhouse and country decorating is characterized as casual, comfortable and cozy, incorporating vintage accessories, handcrafted furniture, and an eclectic mix of fabrics, textures and treasured possessions. Use vintage textiles, family heirlooms, simple furniture, antiques and down-to-earth accessories.

Fabrics on sofas and chairs are usually solid white or cream and accented with pillows and throws that have floral themes, stripes, checks or plaid. Add wooden crockery, plenty of baskets and pottery.

Farmhouse furniture is often characterized by distressed wood, upholstered linen and large in scale. Add lots of greenery, carefully arranged pots and vases as well as planters to stylize your home.

Rustic Farmhouse Kitchen

Rustic Farmhouse Kitchen
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Farmhouse Design

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Farmhouse Bedroom

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Farmhouse Style

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