Design Trends

Get the Look: Modern Rustic

The modern rustic look is an infusion of industrial modern with urban elements, with rustic appeal all wrapped up in clean modern lines. Think of the comfort of a relaxing lived-in family farmhouse translated into a modern loft. Intrigued? Here’s how to get the look for your space. 

Unfinished Wood

Chiara Rectangular Coffee Table from Urbia|YLiving Modern Rustic
Chiara Rectangular Coffee Table from Urbia

Whether it’s exposed beams or a focal point wall adorned with reclaimed wood or a burly coffee table, unfinished wood is key to nailing the modern rustic look. The Chiara Rectangular Coffee Table, from Urbia, has just the right balance of modern and rustic.

Organic Palette

Quill Rug Set from Nanimarquina|YLiving Modern Rustic
Quill Rug Set from Nanimarquina

When it comes to the color palette, there’s no wrong way to do modern rustic. However, bright springy greens like Pantone’s Color of the year, warm browns, creams and natural wood create an inviting space that’s on point. But don’t let that box you in. Darker elements are welcome, too!

Modern Lines

Kellan Sectional Sofa from Capsule Home|YLiving Modern Rustic
Kellan Sectional Sofa from Capsule Home

To keep the modern rustic style grounded, make sure larger foundation pieces have clean, modern lines. This ensures that the look remains modern with rustic touches, rather than rustic-country cottage with modern touches. Go with a comfort-forward sofa, and leave the rustic touches to a rugged coffee table and well-worn accessories.

Natural Materials

Raw Pillow 16x28 from Gan Rugs|YLiving Modern Rustic
Raw Pillow 16×28 from Gan Rugs

Cork is a huge design trend for 2017 and this natural material certainly has its place in the modern rustic environment. Think wood, leather, natural stone, terracotta, cork and jute, all of which really give a room a nice, rustic texture.

Industrial Touches

Akimbo Linear Suspension Light from TECH Lighting|YLighting Modern Rustic
Akimbo Linear Suspension Light from TECH Lighting

This look isn’t all about natural elements. Industrial touches add an urban tone, and help to create a layered space. Exposed light bulbs, iron work, and brick help to roughen up and cool down the warmer elements to achieve the perfect mix of rustic and modern.

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Lizzy Harford

Lizzy Harford

Lizzy is a writer who is passionate about modern design and creating a comfortable space where relationships can grow. When she isn't writing, she's on the hunt for vintage mid-century modern pieces and sipping on a Mai Tai.

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