If the thought of a rustic space transports you to a cabin in the woods, it's time you refresh your home décor eye. Although typical details include exposed beams, raw wood flooring, original bricks, and stonework, rustic decor can actually run the gamut from farmhouse quaint to coastal chic.
In its most basic definition, rustic describes a design that is natural, rough, aged, and casual—it's simple with an earthy feel about it. One of the defining characteristics of a rustic home, whether it's cottage or coastal, is the use of natural materials, like stone, tons of wood, burlap, leather accents, and reclaimed items. Load up on the antique furniture (or antique-inspired counterparts) with plenty of patina and natural materials like stone and clay to set the scene. Furthermore, the color palette (unsurprisingly) swings neutral and warm-toned, with earthy notes of brown, gray, green, and white.
Ahead, 20 rustic living rooms that will inspire you to create a space so cozy, you'll want to cuddle up on the couch all winter long.
Leather And Stone
Who said rustic can't be equal parts modern? This open and airy space proves you can have the best of both worlds. A leather couch in a sleek shape, paired with a geometric coffee table sets the floor plan, while the built-in fireplace on the dark stone mantle ties it all together. Finally, the warm wood and window doors bring the best of the outdoors, indoors.
The floor-to-ceiling whitewash planks in this living room are the epitome of rustic, while exposed beams give this space a barnyard feel in the coziest way. The addition of mismatched plaid patterns and a fuzzy rug will make you want to cuddle up in a blanket all winter long.
If cabin in the woods is, in fact, your aesthetic, get ready to load up on some mountainous essentials. Look for furniture in warm wood tones and dress up the space with fur textures (extra points for a really good faux finding).
Try DIYing a side table out of actual wood slabs, as seen in this living room.
If you're looking to turn your year-round rustic decor into a cold-weather friendly setup this winter, all you need is a handful of props to up the cozy factor. Drape a fringed throw blanket over your favorite chair for instant texture. Next, stack some logs in your fireplace (whether you plan to burn them or not). Lastly, candles and books are the final accessories that make your space impossible to leave this winter.
A secret to creating the ultimate rustic retreat is to stick to natural and organic lines. In other words, don't choose anything too structured. This living room features the ultimate natural coffee table, but a gander around the room exposes many more natural lines. The wood and leather accent chairs boast rounded edges and curved lines, like on the armrests and seat. Even the art on the wall displays lines with tons of movement.
The secret to achieving the feeling of a rustic space is to invest in lived-in details. Items like a vintage-looking sconce, a reclaimed door, or a distressed Persian rug are the details that pull this living room together. Those gorgeous chairs pointed at the wrought-iron windows are just the cherry on top.
If you don't have a view of forest landscape right outside your window, that doesn't mean you can't feast your eyes on miles worth of pine trees swaying in the distance. Large photos of your ideal view will transport you to the setting of your choice. The wood paneling, wood-burning stove, and throw pillows just add to the ambiance.