Confirmed: Rustic Home Décor Is Back (but Not the Version You Remember)

Updated 04/23/19

We’ll let you in on a secret: Mastering the effortless, lived-in look at home isn’t easy, but it’s not as hard as you think. Minimalists can agree that texture plays a key role in making a room interesting using only a few pieces. After all, if the goal is to let the details speak for themselves, each piece needs to speak volumes.

Rustic home décor tells a story with texture in a way that brand-new furniture simply can’t. By the same logic, if you’re decluttering, the pieces you choose to hold on to should stand out. Minimalists, take note: It turns out that the newest way to nail the minimal look is to focus on things that have aged. Rustic home décor is our favorite way to make a room look lived-in and to make a space feel collected instead of decorated.

What’s making rustic décor new again? The style balances a clean, modern aesthetic with texture that highlights the art of mixing high and low with old and new. We’re not talking Edison bulbs everywhere; these rustic touches are focused injections into more minimal spaces that are a far cry from the home décor industrial revolution a few years ago. They bring together elements of polish, distress, texture, and character in a way that feels effortless.

Keep scrolling for nine ways to create a rustic-modern mix at home.

A Farm Table

Alexandra Ribar ; DESIGN: Leanne Ford Interiors

Each detail in this dining room has been selected to riff on a farmhouse-rustic look that feels layered without being overdressed. A rustic farm table is a classic, casual, and laid-back hack that’s perfect for any dining room. Opting for natural, unfinished wood not only adds rustic texture, but it also sets a warm tone and color palette in a more minimal space. Mixing and matching vintage chairs and leaning antique mirrors against the wall are the finishing touches that give this room a deconstructed, collected vibe.

Kosas Home Harbor Dining Table $1414 $619
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Exposed Beams

Jennifer Bunsa Design Studio

We’re all about crossing items off our to-do lists, but when it comes to rustic home décor, we embrace the idea of unfinished business. Well-worn wood beams are an enviable architectural detail that creates a rich, rustic vibe by adding a bit of necessary roughness to balance out cleaner lines and polished finishes. The resulting contrast between old and new always sets a chic, textural tone.

Superior Building Supplies Faux Wood Beam $199
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An Antique Bed

Jennifer Bunsa Design Studio

The French are experts when it comes to being chic, so we’ll gladly incorporate French antique inspiration into a good night’s sleep. An antique French bed nods to rustic château life in a way that transports us to old-world wine country. As with all interior trends, balance is key, and the addition of sleek sconces in the mix gives this bedroom the right amount of rustic-modern tension (with just a touch of je ne sais quoi).

Menara Bed
Anthropologie Menara Bed $2298 $1998
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Factory Lights

Jennifer Bunsa Design Studio

A farmhouse-inspired kitchen is a charming addition to any home. This kitchen incorporates rustic accents in lighting with reclaimed wood finishes on open shelves and a large kitchen island. It’s perfect for farm-to-table entertaining.

Consort Pair of White Industrial Pendants $900
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Global Accents

Tessa Neustadt ; DESIGN: Stefani Stein

Getting the rustic look at home doesn’t have to be synonymous with country living. In fact, rustic décor can incorporate global influences from the world’s buzziest (and more off the beaten path) travel destinations. Using baskets, bowls, and other artifacts as art is a great way to keep a clutter-free space full of exotic flair.

Antique Textiles Galleries Round Vintage African Basquet $295
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A Brass Mirror

Martin Löf ; DESIGN: Lisa Larson

Out with the new, in with the old: This home masters the art of the vintage-eclectic mix. There’s just something about curated well-worn textures that make a space feel natural and lived-in, and the antiques adorning this living room are proof. From the brass mirror on the mantel to the whitewashed console, each piece in this room is distressed to impress.

James Sansum Fine Louis XV Rococo Mirror $5500
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Salvaged Shelves

Joraima Tromp ; DESIGN: Bricks Studio

In the world of new rustic-modern interiors, reclaimed is no longer a bad word. This minimal bedroom shows how the evolution of shabby-chic isn’t shabby at all. The salvaged built-in shelves play off a perfectly imperfect messy bed to give the room an undone vibe. Simple, chic, and relaxed—just the vibes we’re going for in the bedroom.

Dogberry Collection Mantel Farmhouse Floating Shelf $59
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A Reclaimed Coffee Table

Paulina Arcklin ; DESIGN: Danielle De Lange

Live-edge wood is a great way to strike a balance between rustic and modern and polished and unfinished. The natural edge of the wood against clean lines and a smooth surface texture make this coffee table the perfect centerpiece for this minimal living room. The space feels clean and bright while remaining rooted in rustic textures.

UMA Live Edge Wood Coffee Table $695 $399
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Rattan Textures

Byron Beach Abodes ; DESIGN: Taliah Lowry

Rustic woven textures give this dining room a beachy, boho twist. An earthy combination of rattan lighting and textural pillows are putting us in a casual, coastal state of mind—and we’re not complaining.

Santa Barbara Pendant
Serena & Lily Santa Barbara Pendant $298
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How does this old-meets-new trend fit within your #homegoals?

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