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How to Mix Rustic and MCM Style
When the designers of the 1930’s and 40’s first imagined mid-century modern homes, they likely weren’t picturing their designs comfortably residing in a log cabin or rustic space. But in today’s world, homeowners can artfully bring together a multitude of styles, and they do it flawlessly.
Two of those unexpected styles that actually look amazing together are rustic and mid-century modern. It turns out that a room covered in reclaimed wood looks just right when it also has Sputnik chandeliers and a Jonathan Adler couch. In fact, bringing these two styles together makes it completely unique and unlike other rooms out there.
Although you can marry these styles however you like, you can use a little inspiration to get started. These designers have mastered the art of mid-century Rustic—here are 10 chic ideas.Continue to 2 of 11 below.
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Mix Rustic Woods and a Mod Light Fixture
In this kitchen designed by Leanne Ford, well-loved woods, seen in the ceiling, table and shelving, act as an unexpectedly-perfect backdrop for the modern bubble chandelier. In your rustic space, decorate with reclaimed wood and don’t be shy about choosing an oh-so-mod light fixture as the centerpiece.Continue to 3 of 11 below.
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Combine Mid-century Artwork and Comfortable Pieces
Mid-century artwork is highly collectible (and really cool). You can choose among metal, Brutalist pieces, string art or even classic paint-by-numbers, showcased in a room designed by Emily Henderson. She leaned some vintage artwork on the mantle which pairs well with the rustic elements in the room, like the cow skull, brick fireplace and warm woods.Continue to 4 of 11 below.
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Think Clean, Sharp Lines
This lake home, designed by Amy Emery Interior Design, is a mid-century dream come true. The living room displays mid-century mainstays like linear accents and furniture pieces from the period, but it’s decidedly a lake house with its abundance of wood and windows that open up to the scenery. In your rustic home, experiment with using sleek, sharp lines in the design for a nod to mid-century.Continue to 5 of 11 below.
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Use Knotty, Well-Worn Woods as an Anchor
This dining room dreamed up by The LifeStyled Company looks completely current, but it actually has a lot of throwback details. The hardwood floors, credenza and table all display knotted wood that looks as if it’s from a long-ago era, while the mid-century pieces bring it closer to the here and now. mid-century chairs, candlesticks and other design elements are remarkably ideal partners with well-worn woods.Continue to 6 of 11 below.
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Make It Cozy
When some people picture mid-century homes, they might envision severe designs, metallic materials and uncomfortable furniture. On the contrary, mid-century, when brought together with rustic accents, can be quite comfy and relaxed. This room, created by design firm Jette, is the embodiment of cozy with soft textiles, birch branches ready for the fireplace and plush mid-century style furniture.Continue to 7 of 11 below.
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Chose a Space-Age Fireplace
Who says that a mid-century fireplace can’t find a home in a rustic cabin? This master bedroom’s fireplace seamlessly brings together the mid-century and rustic styles, and it was designed by Hughes Umbanhowar Architects. You can either search flea markets and salvage yards for these galactic fireplaces, or you can have one custom-made.Continue to 8 of 11 below.
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Implement Mid-century Design Motifs in Rustic Materials
When choosing a mid-century look for your kitchen, you don’t necessarily have to go with mid-century materials, which typically involve shiny, porcelain tile and plastic. If you prefer a rustic feel, pick warm, familiar materials and mold them into mid-century features for your kitchen. In this kitchen designed by Regan Baker Design and spotlighted on Becki Owens, the mid-century-inspired cabinetry is knotty wood, while the light fixture and barstools perpetuate the mod atmosphere.Continue to 9 of 11 below.
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Choose a Neutral PaletteContinue to 10 of 11 below.
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Go Cabin Chic
If you are drawn to all-things-modern but you also love the log-cabin look, you can easily join the two. Take a page from this space designed by Denise Quade Design and Paggie Design Studio: plaid throw pillows, a mid-century-inspired coffee table and chairs, a deer head on the wall and strikingly-mod floor tile. This room truly proves that rustic and mid-century can live together in perfect harmony.