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Rustic Interior Design: 10 Ideas To Help You Create A Rustic Oasis!

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Simple rustic interior design emphasizes rugged, natural beauty. It embraces nature-inspired textures, simple and earthy colors, and ultimately an unpretentious, organic warmth. Rustic interiors might come across as heavy and dark in their most traditional sense, but today, many rustic styles have emerged that feel both fresh, light, and grounded.

Rustic décor is all about a no-fuss aesthetic that showcases the beauty of subdued hues, natural materials, like wood beams or touches of stone, and comfortable furniture. This versatile design style works in just about any interior, from the bathroom to the living room.

If you're looking for ways to incorporate rustic style into your interior, here are 10 rustic design ideas to get you inspired!

1. Color 

Living room corner area featuring a wooden bench attached to the wall and a circular wooden coffee table in front of it. The bench has two square pillows on top of it ante there's a black oil heater on the left wall. The scene is bein illuminated by a single light source : a circular window on the left of the bench and above the heater.

Neutral tones complement rustic wall décor. Add color and vibrancy as beginning with a neutral color palette will allow you to make the features of your room stand out. Whitewashed walls look great paired with natural wood features; the white allows the wood to speak for itself and become a focal point of the room. When applying neutral shades around wooden elements, ensure they aren't too close in color to avoid them blending in together and get lost. Ensure they contrast enough against one another.

Don't worry about rustic wall décor being too dull. Color will come in with rustic home furnishings, from upholstered furnishings to furniture and accessories to bring a room together. Jewel tones work particularly well in a rustic-inspired house. They add a bold and bright touch of unexpected color, as well as a feel of luxury. 

2. Wood Beams

Ceiling wood beam  with two bronze hanging lamps.

Embrace wood as one of the main natural materials in any rustic space. Traditional ceiling beams are actually wooden joists left exposed across the ceiling rather than boxed in or hidden above a ceiling. You can add decorative non-structural ceiling beams that can be made of wood, plastic, foam, and resin. They are lightweight and available in many textures, some that mimic wood beams. Some faux beams also offer the option to add recessed lighting. Textured beams break up a flat ceiling and add interest to the décor.

Wood beams are a simple way to add a touch of rustic interior design to your home. Not only elegant but appealing. Beams can immediately give off that country feel and add architectural flair. Wood beams are especially pleasant in an open floor plan living space where they are the most visible.

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3. Wood Floors

Rustic interior with a dyi coffe table made our of two barrels and a table top. there's a small children's table on the side. The floor is made our of wood planks and there's a kitchen area on the back of the image.

Rustic wood floors offer more interest and attraction than polished or traditional wood floors, and used in any setting, they can help enhance and highlight the décor.  

Wide plank wood floors can help provide not only a more rustic appearance for homes, but they also help give a more quiet and subtle appearance as well. While a narrow plank appears busy with the many different grain patterns, tones, and strips of wood, a wide plank floor is quieter, with space for each plank to have its personality without competing with those around it. This can be ideal in a home with many other rustic wood accents, so there's less competition for the eye.

4. Wood Paneling 

Living room space with a gray corner couch, a small circular coffee table with with metal legs, and reclaimed wood accent wall on the back. The couch has six pillows on top and the coffe table has three small decorative stones on top of it. There a circle lamp on the side of the couch and two rattan baskets near to it.

Wood paneling will also provide a hint of luxury, or, if you opt for a light-colored wood, you'll feel as if you're in a log cabin in the woods. Barn wood accent walls are a great addition to any space and can help define a room, add color, texture, and give the space personality. Wood panels don't have to feel like a 1970's basement. Today, rustic wood is used in a wide variety of projects, from rustic lodges to traditional homes and modern spaces, both residential and commercial.

5. Stone

Exterior area featuring a mid-century style chair, a cement exterior coffee table with succulents plant on top. The items are positioned in front a rustic stone wall.

Stones are a natural and durable material and provide you with a more elevated feel. Stone is also an extremely durable and low-maintenance material. Transform a backsplash, an accent wall, or a mantle into stone to create a rustic, raw look and bring the outdoors inside. 

6. Metals

Rustic Kitchen space with reclaimed wood cabinets and kitchen island. The kitchen island has a marble top. There is a large window on the right illuminating the room. There also a modern brass (gold color) lamp on the ceiling.

Iron, copper, stainless steel, and brass are all beautiful metals perfect for rustic décor accessories and accents. Hardware on cabinets, doors, and lighting can help add a touch of refinement to your rustic look. You can also make it a more industrial rustic look by using exposed and distressed metals on your scheme.

7. Barn Doors

Rustic second floor of a home highlighting a rustic knotty wood barn door by RealCraft. The room is well lit with multiple lights on the ceiling and has knotty wooden floor.

Barn doors are not only for country and farmhouse-inspired interiors, they've become a trendy mainstay in rustic and modern designs alike. Oozing with vintage charm, a knotty wood barn door is an easy way to add separation and style to bathrooms, closets, bedrooms, or kitchens. They're also surprisingly versatile; they feel just rustic enough to highlight that charming vintage bookcase ​but modern enough to pair with a mid-century console table. 

8. Fireplace/Mantel

Rustic vintage room featuring a wooden fireplace with horns and candles on top of the mantel areal. There's a large black and white deer picture on the left of the fireplace and a small couch and accent chair with a fur throw on top.

Another chance to help bring the outside indoors. Just as camping isn't complete without a campfire, so is a rustic-styled home incomplete without a warm, inviting fireplace. Dress the fireplace with natural elements like logs and stone. A thick, chunky mantel is ideal for rustic living.  

You don't have to have a big stone hearth to have a rustic, welcoming fireplace in your home. Free-standing fireplaces have a modern edge because they look nothing like the old-fashioned potbelly style that might be associated with the rustic interiors, and when combined with other rustic elements in a family room or bedroom, it creates just the right atmosphere.

9. Antiques

Three vintage chairs on a sidewalk. The left chair is red, the middle chair is green appostery with wooden legs and the right chair is mustard color.

Let rugged antique furniture take the place of cold streamlined pieces. Rustic style tends to favor the masculine, hearty side of décor. Dainty, feminine pieces will get lost or, at the very least, feel very out of place within a rustic-styled space. Rugged and nature-inspired antiques will anchor a rustic look. Don't be afraid to do things like mismatch furniture or use a vintage trunk as a coffee table. 

10. Fabrics

Brown Leather couch with pillows and blankets on top of it in a living room space. There a black coffee table with some small decoration and three prints on the wall behind the couch.

Our final rustic design idea- source comforting fabrics in warm hues to make your décor feel even more inviting. Try cozy blankets, textiles, and chunky knits to create a comfortable and relaxed environment. For added luxury, select a faux fur throw for a sofa and a patterned woven rug to compliment the room and add a splash of color (rugs are incredible if you have a wood floor and need warmth in the room).

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