Heads Up: These Modern Rustic Décor Ideas Might Make You Want to Move Upstate

Updated 05/03/19

Raise your hand if you've ever dreamt of throwing it all away and moving to the woods to build a perfectly quaint rustic modern cabin. The wildly popular coffee table book Cabin Porn, released a few years ago, proves that it's a common fantasy. But with a cabin in the middle of the woods or not, you can achieve a similar look, even in the heart of the city, if you know the simple keys to modern rustic décor.

So how exactly do you get the modern rustic décor look? It all starts with reclaimed wood accents, midcentury-modern furniture, and layered textures. Ready to give your space the look and feel of a relaxing weekend mountain escape? Look no further than these modern rustic décor ideas.

Modern Rustic Décor
Courtesy of Pearson Design Group

Reclaimed wood walls are the hallmark of rustic décor, but in this space, the suspended fireplace gives the room a decidedly modern edge. If the architectural style of your space is very rustic, keep the furniture and accessories simple to avoid overwhelming the space.

Modern Rustic Décor Ideas
Courtesy of Jessica Helgerson Interior Design

This room by Jessica Helgerson has a midcentury-modern feel—the glass walls, slanted ceiling, and Eames chair are staples of the period. The wood accents and shag rug give it a slight rustic edge. When in doubt, cozy lounge chairs by a window will always evoke weekend retreat vibes.

Rustic Décor
Courtesy of Elizabeth Roberts Architecture

To give your rustic space a more modern feel, paint the wood accents white. This Bellport home was refreshed with a coat of paint and new colorful furniture, like an Eero Saarinen womb chair. In the summer, place a leafy plant in the fireplace to make it seasonal.

Modern Décor
Courtesy of Jessica Helgerson Interior Design

In this living room by Jessica Helgerson, a midcentury suspended fireplace is surrounded by a collection of midcentury chairs. The wood beams, tall bookcases, and rustic side tables make the space feel extra cozy and layered.

Modern Rustic Design
Max Kim-Bee ; DESIGN: Leanne Ford Interiors

A farmhouse bathroom can be made to feel both moderrn and rustic—like in this space by Leanne Ford. The more traditionally rustic elements like the wood beam ceiling and clawfoot tub are kept fresh and modern with an all-white palette. A few black accents give the space depth.

Rustic Décor Ideas
Heidi's Bridge

Reclaimed wood walls, vintage oil portrait paintings and Windsor chairs are all staples of rustic design, but this space still feels fresh and modern thanks to the restrained color palette, modern lighting, and greenery. 

Modern Rustic Design Ideas
Heidi's Bridge

Give your bedroom an airy modern rustic feel by installing a light reclaimed wood accent wall. Thinner planks will give the space a less traditional look. Finish it off with breezy linen bedding in white or oatmeal tones and keep the furniture simple.

Modern Décor Ideas
Courtesy of Jessica Helgerson Interior Design

A fireplace is the center of rustic design. In this midcentury home by Jessica Helgerson, the brick fireplace is painted in a slate gray and surrounded with wall-paneled bookcases. An Eames chair and kilim rug give the space a cozy, rustic feel. 

Modern Rustic Home
Courtesy of Jessica Helgerson Interior Design

In this converted schoolhouse home, reclaimed wood ceilings are painted white, while the walls remain in their natural color. Barn-light pendants hang above the dining table, which is outfitted with midcentury-style chairs. A wood and white color palette with red accents makes the space feel fresh and light.

Modern Rustic Home Ideas
Courtesy of Elizabeth Roberts Architecture

The oversize windows in this space call for an all-white interior. The large plank floors are sanded in a matte, light finish to give the space an airy feel. Simple, modern furniture and lighting anchor the room—and a single yellow accent chair makes the space pop.

This story was originally published on March 18t, 2018, and has since been updated.

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