5 Things You Need to Know about Modern Rustic Design
What is modern rustic design? It’s the best of both worlds. You get the charming character of natural, rustic furniture mixed with a beautiful modern design and the outcome is the most elegant and cozy living space you can imagine. Not to mention, it is the perfect design compromise for couples who can’t decide between a warm and lived-in look or a sleek new space.
When you think of rustic design you probably find yourself imagining a log cabin in the woods, a sunny farmhouse style kitchen or a couple Muskoka chairs at the cottage. The materials used in these spaces are usually natural and organic, with varying types of wood, leather and stone. By preserving these natural elements in your home and incorporating sleek, modern pieces you create the perfect duo; modern and rustic.
1. Modern rustic design brings the outdoors inside.
Natural wood grains and vibrant leafy house plants can make you feel like you’re sitting in an outdoor oasis, all from the comfort of your own home (even in the dead of winter). Rustic is usually thought of as dark and sturdy but modern rustic combines natural and earthy pieces of furniture with bright and fresh décor.
Rustic furniture creates life within a room, especially when paired with natural earth-tones in your décor. You can bring in pops of colour through accessories like cushions, rugs, and throw blankets. Think Fall colours, like burnt oranges, forest greens, and sunny yellows, as these all pair wonderfully with natural wood stains.
If you’re not a fan of colour and prefer clean lines, you can try pairing wood furniture with white walls, black finishes, and camel coloured leather for a refined, high-end look.
No matter your design preference, rustic wood furniture is timeless and will withstand any new trend your favourite blogger throws at it. It is versatile through all seasons and colour schemes. If you fall out of love with your space, you can make simple changes to the décor around your furniture and you’ll be walking into a brand new room.
Design Tip: incorporate oversized plants like fig trees and leafy palms to match your oversized wood furniture in order to create balance throughout the room. Introducing natural elements to your favourite space will bring a breath of fresh air indoors, literally.
2. Rustic furniture is the perfect base for a sleek industrial design.
One of the greatest trends right now is mixing wood tones, which may sound intimidating, but when done right the result is stunning. Keeping the rest of your design simple with white walls and muted décor can give your space a very industrial vibe. Think of a sturdy wood dining table with black hardware and table legs on top of some stunning wide plank hardwood floors, or better yet, just take a look at the image below for your industrial inspiration.
Design Tip: use neutral colours on the wall to make your space feel bright and airy, all while drawing attention to the beautiful piece of furniture that becomes the centrepiece.
3. Modern rustic design is warm and welcoming.
Rustic furniture is often oversized, and therefore, very cozy. The feeling of curling up by a crackling fire on your warm wooden furniture draped with fluffy blankets and pillows is pure bliss.
Combining natural textures, like stone and woven fabrics, with elegant decorative pieces can make your house feel like a home while still maintaining a polished look. If you haven’t already heard, live edge tables are taking over the wood trends this year. The reason they are so popular is because they maintain the natural beauty of the wood while repurposing it into a functional piece. In our opinion, there is nothing more welcoming than a long dining room table for your loved ones to gather around. And as you can see, these pieces speak for themselves. We offer a live edge option for all our dining tables and furniture. Check out our Tacoma Live Edge Table here.
4. Each piece of rustic furniture is unique.
With differing grains and knots in the wood, each piece of furniture is filled with its own unique character. Your furniture becomes the centre of the room, a place for everyone to gather and take in its one of a kind beauty.
Even your bed frame becomes a work of art as no two frames are exactly the same. Design Tip: bring out the unique characteristics of your piece by enhancing the knots and grains with a beautiful stain of your choosing, available on Log Furniture and More
5. Rustic furniture is durable and heavy.
Juxtaposing it with delicate and modern pieces creates balance. Layering book stacks on tables and shelves, along with candles, marble trays, wicker baskets and shiny metal finishes are the final details that pull a space together, but it all starts with that beautiful piece of wood furniture.
It is difficult to find good quality, long-lasting furniture these days, but rustic wood furniture does not disappoint. It is the one constant that will withstand wear and tear and will only evolve with your family over the years. With some love and elegant styling, these pieces will maintain their beauty while securing their place as a family heirloom.
Design Tip: investing in high quality furniture will save you money in the long run because you won’t have to constantly replace it. Instead, focus on saving on your décor, as these items are constantly replaced with changing trends.
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