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Rustic Interior Design: Creating a No-Fuss Natural Haven

Lovers of all things natural are bound to enjoy cozying up in a welcoming rustic interior. The unfussy, casual beauty of rustic interior design satisfies more than just the senses; it also soothes the soul...

Classy Rustic home interior with exposed beams

Lovers of all things natural are bound to enjoy cozying up in a welcoming rustic interior. The unfussy, casual beauty of rustic interior design satisfies more than just the senses; it also soothes the soul with its comforting ambiance. Whether you’re looking to add some rustic appeal to your home or create a cabin getaway, this style has a place in any setting. To recreate the harmony and charm of a rustic interior at home, be sure to check our guide below.

What is Rustic Interior Design Style?

Contemporary rustic interior for a cabin in the woods Contemporary rustic house interior by Decorilla designer, Tiara M.

The relaxed look of rustic style interior design is perfect for the countryside but can work just as well in town. Rustic design is all about practicality and making what you have work to your benefit. These homes typically feature materials local to the area, which can include anything from stone to wood to clay. Natural materials, handmade furniture and décor, and items with a distinctly organic form are common elements of rustic interior design.

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Rustic home interior living room - Ralph Lauren

Nowadays, rustic interior design has been streamlined slightly to suit modern lifestyles and aesthetic necessities. Next, we’ll explore the details of creating a soothing interior and what you can do to increase its appeal.

Rustic House Interior Do’s and Don’ts

Rustic style interior design for a bathroom retreat Spa-like bathroom with rustic style interior design by Decorilla designer, Ilaria C.

Quite simply, a rustic home interior feels lived-in and inviting - with no exception. However casual the look may be, rustic interior design still has a few rules to abide by if you want an updated home interior. Keeping to these do’s and don’ts will set you on your way to perfecting the look.

  • Do add natural elements. A rustic house interior is an ode to the natural world, so bringing the outside in with natural materials is a good idea. These can include wood, clay, stone as well as living greens. An arrangement of potted herbs, for instance, is well at home in a rustic house.
  • Don’t rely on contemporary materials like plastics. Since a relaxed, natural air is at the core of rustic interiors, sleek and ultra-modern pieces can look out of place in a rustic setting.

Rustic home interior accents

  • Do opt for a neutral natural color scheme. Any hue found in nature is perfect - think mossy greens, olive, earthy browns, and pale blue.
  • Don’t incorporate contrasting colors. Too much contrast can detract from the peaceful atmosphere so characteristic of rustic interiors. Use the outdoors for inspiration and as a guide for your color palette.

rustic home interior - marta castellano

  • Do play with oversized furniture and fabrics. A grand pillow back sofa, for instance, can make the most welcoming basis against wide-paneled wood walls or plank floors. However, keep the scale of your furniture in mind and use oversizing in moderation.
  • Don’t go for glossy finishes. Matte and weathered finishes are key to a rustic house interior because they speak to the core of the style, its lived-in, snug essence. Instead of nickel, mirrored, lacquer, or other shiny surfaces, choose brushed brass, wood, or iron.

Rustic Interior Design Style Elements

Rustic interior design elements for a kitchen remodel Transitional rustic interior by Decorilla designer, Casey H.

Every interior design style has elements that, when put together, create the unique look and feel typical to the style. And for a rustic house interior, these revolve around nature and creating a sanctuary from daily toil.

1. Natural Elements

rustic interior elements

As the primary and often defining feature of a rustic house interior, natural materials are essential and not limited to furniture. Elements like stone, wood, burlap, animal hide, and canvas can form a rustic look structurally or purely decoratively. The more unrefined, the better. Besides, raw pieces bring an earthy feel into the interior even more.

2. Rustic Structure & Architectural Features

Modern rustic interior by Decorilla designer, Rajna S. Modern rustic interior by Decorilla designer, Rajna S.

The architecture and structure of a rustic interior can play just as big a role as the furnishing and décor. Wood floors with a prominent grain, paneled walls, exposed ceiling beams, stone walls, and a fireplace can all add character and charm. If you have any of these features, you can highlight them with lighting and strategically placed décor.

3. Earthy Color Palette

Scandi rustic interior design - Brooklyn Home Company

Colors in nature are perfect for a rustic house interior. Often an earthy, nature-inspired color scheme translates into neutral and subdued tones, but that’s not always the case. There can be bold pops too. Stick to a muted color to ensure a warming interior.

4. Comfy & Weathered Furniture

Scandi rustic interior design

Furniture best suited to a rustic home interior has a little roughness to them - raw wood frames, carved stone, textured linen pillows. Worn and weathered tables and couches - those that come with a story or are beautifully ornate - are not uncommon. The pieces that last are the most sturdy, practical, and comfortable to use.

5. Handmade & Artisanal

Luxury spa rustic interior design Luxury spa rustic interior design by Decorilla designer, Rehan A.

Sticking to what is natural and organic, handmade and one-of-a-kind pieces are great in a rustic theme. Clay pots, gnarly ironwork, mirror frames, and soft furnishings can add an organic touch to any design style.

Rustic Home Interior Style Mixes

Rustic industrial interior design - Wanda P Rustic industrial interior design by Decorilla designer, Wanda P.

Rustic interior design can also add a natural look and feel to other established designs - from contemporary to Victorian. Our favorite styles emphasize comfort and raw aesthetic above all.

Rustic Industrial Interior Design

Rustic industrial interior design for a home office Rustic industrial interior design for a home office by Decorilla designer, Wanda P.

Industrial and rustic interiors have two things in common, namely exposed building materials and repurposed furniture. Rustic industrial interior design can be both trend-setting and comfy.

Rustic Farmhouse Interior Design

Bedroom finished in rustic farmhouse interior design Bedroom finished in rustic farmhouse interior design by Decorilla interior designer, Courtney B.

Rustic farmhouse interior design combines old and new with rustic country details, creating a place that truly feels like home.

Scandi Rustic Interior Design

scandi rustic interior design - marta castellano

Scandi rustic interior design combines the chicness of Scandinavian style with the warmth and organic feel of rustic design.

Rustic Italian Interior Design

Rustic house interior of a kitchen and dining room

Rustic Italian interior design brings together old-world luxury and everyday classics, with touches of Mediterranean design.

Need Help with Your Rustic Interior Design?

If you’re feeling inspired to begin your home’s transformation but are unsure where to start, schedule a Free Interior Design Consultation to learn more about your design options today!

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