There’s plain old-fashioned rustic, and then there’s modern rustic. The former comes with lots of roughhewn edges, weathered wood, knotty pine, antlers, quilts and exposed timbers. The latter edits the elements down to just a few and highlights them by simplifying the rest of the room, perhaps by pairing timbers with barely off-white walls, or letting a single quilt or antler chandelier shine as a focal point. The new cozy is less cluttered, yet still feels warm, inviting and charming. Here are 10 tips for updating the warm and inviting look of modern rustic homes.
Tips to Create Modern Rustic Homes
- Let one element shine. The wonderful banquette fabric takes center stage against a white background, while rough textures, a planked ceiling and barn lights enhance the look as secondary details.
- Use new materials. Contemporary cabinets and counters add modernity to the barn-like interior of this cozy home.
- Go for the gloss. Glossy finishes on the ceiling and chairs reflect light and modernize this rustic outdoor eating area.
- Planking is not just for B-list celebs: Shiplap walls, eaves and ceilings add to the rustic cozy charm, while ticking stripes and light hues keep things updated and clean.
- Trade taxidermy for cruelty-free. This striking painting of a buck is for the new kind of cabin, where one “shoots only pictures.”
- Let the chips fall where they may, but only off one piece of furniture per room. Let one shabby piece have the spotlight and keep everything else crisp and tailored. This cabinet adds just the right dose of patina style.
- Use industrial touches. Items like a floor lamp and French cafe stool add mid-century flair to a rustic
- farmhouse room.
- Mix the old with the new. New items include a heated towel bar, contemporary mirror and hat-box toilet, while old items include the claw foot tub, pine floors and planked walls and ceilings. A simple color palette lends balance to this bathroom.
- Never underestimate the power of barn wood. Reclaimed wood is not only great for paneling walls, but also for creating other pieces. This unique weathered headboard was crafted from uneven leftover boards.
- Think après-ski…in the Alps. Those designing chalet-style digs mastered the modern rustic aesthetic a long time ago. There’s a European-inspired simplicity that rules these roosts. It stresses the importance of big white fluffy duvets, large beams and most important, a blazing fire in the woodstove or fireplace.
A natural, earthy palette with touches of black, white and ochre is a good base to work with your modern rustic homes. Then you can complete it by turning to your own family photo albums for a wall of art that’s priceless.
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