When the designers of the 1930s and '40s first imagined midcentury 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 look amazing together are rustic and midcentury 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. Bringing these two styles together makes it 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 midcentury rustic—here are 24 chic ideas.
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Mix Rustic Woods and a Mod Light Fixture
In this kitchen designed by Ashley Montgomery Design, well-loved woods, seen in the table and floor, 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 2 of 24 below.
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Combine Midcentury Artwork and Comfortable Pieces
Midcentury 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 3 of 24 below.
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Use Knotty, Well-Worn Woods as an Anchor
This primary bedroom room dreamed up by Ashley Montgomery Design looks completely current, but it actually has some throwback details. The hardwood floors, headboard, and bed frame all display knotted wood that looks as if it’s from a long-ago era, while the midcentury pieces bring it closer to the here and now. Midcentury artwork, modern light fixtures, and other design elements are remarkably ideal partners with well-worn woods.Continue to 4 of 24 below.
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Think Clean, Sharp Lines
This living room, designed by Emily Henderson, is a midcentury dream come true. The space displays midcentury mainstays like linear accents and furniture pieces from the period, but it showcases farmhouse elements 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 midcentury.Continue to 5 of 24 below.
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Make It Cozy
When some people picture midcentury homes, they might envision severe designs, metallic materials, and uncomfortable furniture. On the contrary, midcentury, when brought together with rustic accents, can be quite comfy and relaxed. This room, created by COTTAGE+SEA, is the embodiment of cozy with soft textiles, a functioning fireplace, and plush midcentury style furniture.Continue to 6 of 24 below.
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Choose a Space-Age Fireplace
Who says that a midcentury fireplace can't find a home next to rustic elements? This living room's fireplace seamlessly brings together the midcentury and rustic styles designed by Tyler Karu Design. You can either search flea markets and salvage yards for these fireplaces, or you can have one custom-made.Continue to 7 of 24 below.
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Implement Midcentury Design Motifs in Rustic Materials
When choosing a midcentury look for your kitchen, you don’t necessarily have to go with midcentury materials, typically involving shiny, porcelain tile and plastic. If you prefer a rustic feel, pick warm, familiar materials and mold them into midcentury features for your kitchen. In this kitchen designed by Emily Henderson, the cabinetry is a light wood which contrasts nicely with the white walls and ceiling/ However, the light fixture and black kitchen island in the center perpetuate the mod atmosphere.Continue to 8 of 24 below.
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Choose a Neutral Palette
You don’t need to go crazy-colorful if you create a midcentury space. To lean toward rustic styling, consider a neutral color palette, like these connected living and dining rooms created by Jessica Nelson Design. It’s quiet yet modern in whites, grays, and tans.Continue to 9 of 24 below.
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Wrap in Warm Details
To go midcentury rustic, it’s all about the details. Combine midcentury furniture with a simple vintage trunk. Display vintage artwork next to mod-style decorative accents. These are all accents displayed in this room designed by Emily Henderson.Continue to 10 of 24 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 Emily Henderson: a bold striped throw, a midcentury-inspired fireplace, exposed wood beams on the slanted ceiling, and a plush white rug on the floor. This room truly proves that rustic and midcentury can live together in perfect harmony.Continue to 11 of 24 below.
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Be Intentional With Color
On the other hand, adding rustic elements doesn't mean you can't have any color in the space. The key is to be intentional. In this delightful living room designed by Dazey Den, the pairing of teal and blush pink already make an eye-catching statement amongst the midcentury furniture and patterned rug. However, nods to rustic imagery show up in the midcentury shelving against the wall and the vintage look of the fireplace with a dark wood mantle.Continue to 12 of 24 below.
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Mix and Match
Blending midcentury and rustic styles can feel tricky, but it doesn't have to be. Experimenting with bringing the styles together can create surprising combinations. This dining room by Emily Henderson showcases a white circular dining table and white cylinder light fixture that radiates midcentury vibes, but the four chairs surrounding the table are sleek wooden additions that add a more rustic feel. The balance between the two is perfection.Continue to 13 of 24 below.
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Keep The Scheme Cohesive
While neutral colors aren't exactly required, it helps to keep a color scheme consistent if you're bringing in two different styles. The white open shelf cabinetry and light wooden countertop give off a rustic appeal in this kitchen designed by Jess Bunge for Emily Henderson Design. Yet, the SMEG brand fridge—an iconic midcentury modern piece—seems to fit right in. By keeping the color scheme similar across the board, even strikingly different concepts can still feel cohesive.Continue to 14 of 24 below.
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Try Exposed Wood Beams With Wood Midcentury Furniture
Nothing gives off a rustic farmhouse vibe like exposed wooden beams. In this living room by Emily Henderson, the dark wood pops against the high white ceilings—but other rustic touches can be found if you take a closer look. The vintage trunk used as a table and the brick fireplace are notable additions. The rest of the room seems to lean more modern—the couch and accent chairs have sleek, rounded appearances, and the wooden coffee table's unique shape make the room feel like a work of art.Continue to 15 of 24 below.
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Make a Statement
This cabin-style living room by Erin Williamson Design has its share of statement-making pieces. The bright pattern rug and the iconic Eames lounge chair are undeniably midcentury modern inspired. The backdrop of cobblestone accent walls and fireplace add a more rustic appeal that doesn't contradict or overwhelm the pieces already present.Continue to 16 of 24 below.
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Go Mostly Rustic With a Small Tough of Modern
Combining these two concepts doesn't have to be a perfect, 50/50 balance. In this bathroom by Jessica Nelson Design, rustic is the main style present—the wood panel walls, wood vanity, and wicker baskets make a case for it. However, the Edison bulb sconces and starburst tile flooring add a dose of midcentury to the mix.Continue to 17 of 24 below.
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Go Mostly Midcentury With Small Touch of Rustic
On the flip side, Jessica Nelson Design proves that you can also keep a space mostly modern with small rustic touches. The white square subway tile, freestanding tub, and hexagon tile floor are all decidedly modern. Yet the small wooden stool serving as a table and the vintage rug bring a bit of rustic to the room.Continue to 18 of 24 below.
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Try Statement Pieces
It's all about the transition in this bathroom by KG Designs. While it's easy to see that the bathroom has midcentury modern elements—the starburst light fixture, tile floor, and freestanding tub, just to name a few—the sliding wooden doors are unarguably a rustic touch. The statement piece makes a strong first impression, but doesn't clash with the rest of the decor.Continue to 19 of 24 below.
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Use Painted Brick to Bring the Styles Together
While rustic and modern have their own distinct personalities, some design concepts overlap between the two—making an ideal bridge to bring them together. Painted brick is a perfect example, giving a clean slate that brings either style to life. This bathroom by Mid Century Jo proves our point with a white-painted brick wall serving as the backdrop to sizeable midcentury art, a clawfoot bathtub, wicker baskets, and a vintage full-length mirror.Continue to 20 of 24 below.
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Add Dark Wood Mirror over Black Tile
A surefire way to bring rustic and modern styles together? Dark wood and tile. Whether in a kitchen, or a bathroom like this one by Mid Century Jo, the black subway tile gives a sleek, polished look. Yet the wide wood frame mirror is a rustic addition that certainly captures your attention.Continue to 21 of 24 below.
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Pick Decor That Fuses The Two Together
If you want to take things a step further, opt for decor or furniture that is a definite fusion of each style. This bedroom designed by Arbor & Co. already has a rustic edge to it, especially with the wood plank accent wall. Take a closer look at the side tables on either side of the bed—the materials are a well-worn wood, but the style is undeniably midcentury.Continue to 22 of 24 below.
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Use Midcentury Styles With Rustic Materials
Midcentury styles, like this tree trunk coffee table, leather accent chair, and geometric pattern rug, all get a rustic feel due to the natural and rustic materials present in this living room by Arbor & Co.Continue to 23 of 24 below.
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Pair Subway Tile and Wood Accents
Another pairing that can help easily bring rustic and modern vibes together? Subway tile and wood accents. This kitchen by Arbor & Co. has a marble tile backsplash that looks posh and modern, yet the dark wooden dining chairs and counters create a rustic contrast.Continue to 24 of 24 below.
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Pair Marble With Shiplap
This bathroom by Becca Interiors would be considered entirely rustic, based on the hinged shutters, white shiplap, and brown wood vanity. However, the striking black and white marble sink is a gamechanger, introducing an artistic, modern feel that wouldn't be present without it.