01 of 09
Decorating in the Modern Rustic Style
Marry the casual warmth and comfort of rustic style with the clean, serene and fresh look of contemporary décor and what do you get? The answer is modern rustic, and there’s a good reason it’s taking the decorating world by storm.
Modern rustic isn’t Abraham Lincoln’s log cabin, and it’s not the stark look of minimalism, either. It’s a hybrid that takes the best of both worlds and turns them into a style that celebrates natural elements without ever becoming cluttered, uncomfortable or cut from... the cookie-cutter mold of mass-produced furnishings.Continue to 2 of 9 below.
02 of 09
Clean and Serene
Modern rustic is not as spare as minimalism typically is, but it’s also not the cluttered, lots-of-knick-knacks style so common with traditional lodge or cabin rustic styles. Instead, it’s clean and airy, yet with just enough personality and individuality to bring the owner’s personality to life. The room shown here is a wonderful example: the rolling distressed wood barn door, wide-plank wooden flooring and rustic nightstand and bed frame set the tone. The contemporary bedside sconce and simple... gray-and-white bedding add a cool, sophisticated touch that is very of-the-moment. But it’s the large vintage American flag (notice that it only has 48 stars, and thus is from before 1959) that is the real star of the show here. No need for a traditional headboard when you have a large, powerful piece of art, poster, or tapestry to hang over the head of the bed.Continue to 3 of 9 below.
03 of 09
It's All About Natural Materials
By definition, something that is rustic is made from natural materials left in a raw or near-raw state, or weathered by age back into a near-natural look. And it’s that emphasis on natural materials that brings so much tranquility to any rustic decorating style. The coarsely woven wool rug, headboard made from repurposed, rough wooden boards and the aged brick wall shown here would work in many rustic themes. It’s the contemporary bed frame and bedding that add the modern touch. This bedroom is... a great example of how well the two seemingly diverse styles complement each other.Continue to 4 of 9 below.
04 of 09
Don't Have Rustic Walls? Fake It
While wood-clad, brick or stone walls are a hallmark of the rustic style, not all of us are lucky enough to live in a home where that’s a possibility. But never fear, even if you rent, you can still give your bedroom walls a touch of rustic flair. The answer is wallpaper – but not yesterday’s wallpaper, with fussy florals and impossible-to-remove glue. Instead, choose a contemporary paper that hangs easily and removes with little more than a tug and a scrape. You’ll find a huge range of patterns... that imitate rough-hewn wood boards, logs, tree trunks, old brick, or aged stone, as shown here. And there’s no need to cover all four walls with wallpaper, although that’s certainly a cozy look. Just one accent wall at the head of the bed is enough to transform your room from brand new to well loved.Continue to 5 of 9 below.
05 of 09
Keep Color Under Control
Typically, the palette for modern rustic décor is a neutral one, heavily dependent on the warm tones of natural wood, along with lighter neutrals on the walls, bedding, window treatments and accessories. But every rule in interior design was meant to be broken, other than the rule to do what you love. It’s no different when decorating in modern rustic style, as this bedroom demonstrates. The darkest navy walls are the perfect backdrop for the touches of brighter blue throughout the room. You... could use whatever intense color you like best to make a statement, but remember – this is a tranquil decorating style, so the trick is to keep bright accent colors under control and to a minimum. Another wonderful feature of this bedroom is the wallpaper – instead of the expected side view of logs, it shows the cut ends for an unexpected touch of rustic whimsy.Continue to 6 of 9 below.
06 of 09
Weathered Wood and Unique Style
Raw, rough wood is a rustic-style must. Not every home has wooden beams across the ceiling, or a fantastically weathered wide-plank wooden floor like the one here, but it’s always possible to bring in rustic wooden furnishings to give your room unique style. The gnarled tree-trunk bedside table is certainly a one-of-a-kind piece, and the antique wooden bench at the foot of the bed is another. Framing a contemporary, oversize upholstered headboard with repurposed boards is another unique look,... and what a strong style statement it is. Notice the faux fur area rug shown here – fur or animal skins are another staple of the modern rustic theme.Continue to 7 of 9 below.
07 of 09
Show Off Your Creativity
Because modern rustic style is not a mass-produced or traditional look, it’s a perfect decorating style for anyone who loves to repurpose items or add DIY flair to their room. Clever use of old pallets or wooden fencing also means you can add huge impact to your surroundings without huge impact on your bank account. For example, check out the wonderful accent wall here. It’s nothing more than various boards from old pallets given rough coats of paint and then nailed into place. Inexpensive,... easy, fantastic. Add the colorful bohemian throw pillows and the rustic side table and you have a room that truly shows off its owner’s eclectic spirit.Continue to 8 of 9 below.
08 of 09
Mix in Vintage Pieces
Modern rustic lends itself perfectly to mixing with another very popular decorating theme: vintage style. When you decorate with rustic items, you’re already taking your furnishings back in time, so it makes sense that vintage accessories or furniture would add to that vibe. Soft, neutral vintage bedding adds a heaping dose of comfort and old-fashioned cheer to this bedroom, as does the old wicker basket at the foot of the bed and the antique metal headboard. Modern rustic comes into play with... the combination of the antique door at the head of the bed, along with the contemporary bedside sconce and the surprising touch of the new painted board used as a faux brace across the ceiling.Continue to 9 of 9 below.
09 of 09
Modern Rustic Teen's Bedroom
Don’t think that modern rustic décor is only suitable for the master bedroom – it’s a great choice for a teen or preteen’s bedroom as well. After all, when the furniture is already a bit well-loved and weathered, what are a few more inevitable scratches and dents? And by adding in some contemporary – even edgy -- colorful touches, the whole vibe moves into teen territory. This what-teen-wouldn’t-love-it bedroom was designed by Tara Lowry at Between You & Me blog. You’ll find complete... instructions there for creating the graffiti-paint headboard. Add in a vintage painted sign that proclaims your teen’s viewpoint on life, a few touches of colorful or hand-created artwork, some bright touches on the bed, and wow, what a great bedroom.