35 Homely Elements To Include In A Rustic Décor

Defined, rustic style is a design emphasis on rugged, natural beauty. It embraces nature-inspired textures, simple and earthy colors, and ultimately an unpretentious, organic warmth. While rustic style in its most traditional sense might appear heavy and dark today, a contemporary rustic style has emerged over the past few years that feels both fresh and real, light and grounded.

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If that appeals to you, here are the top 35 elements of rustic style for a gorgeous yet genuine nature-infused home. Some of these may not be possible to implement in your current home; don’t get hung up on what you can’t change. Focus on what is possible to create the charming, rustic space you’ll love to live in.

1. Rustic setting.

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A setting close to nature makes the transition from outside to in (and vice versa) that much easier. Whether nestled in among the mountain pines or perched beside a lake, rustic style just makes sense in a rustic setting.

2. Raw natural elements.

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Probably the most important component of rustic style is the raw natural materials used in architecture and décor alike. The more natural these elements appear to be, the easier it is to find and maintain a cohesive contemporary rustic style throughout the entire space.

3. Wide plank wood floors.

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Because of their simple and solid appearance, wide wood planks on the floors provide an automatic and intuitive foundation for decorating in a rustic style.

4. Welcoming fireplace.

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Just as camping isn’t complete without a campfire, so is a rustic styled home incomplete without a warm, inviting fireplace. The fireplace surround made out of visually weighty natural elements (rock, stone, or brick) and a thick, chunky mantel is ideal in a rustic living or family room. (Did we mention that rustic style is as fabulous outdoors as it is indoors?)

5. Paneled walls.

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This architectural touch provides a cozy surround for you to enjoy your rustic style.

6. White walls.

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If you aren’t able to work paneled walls into your rustic interior, no worries. White walls provide an excellent “blank canvas” for you to work your rustic décor magic. White walls are bright, cheerful, and incredibly versatile in helping to create a fresh rustic feeling.

7. Wooden beamed ceilings.

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Not exactly a canopy of tree branches, but wood beams on the ceiling are evocative of nature at its finest. Often, ceiling beams are large, chunky beams that are an excellent reminder of the great outdoors.

8. Neutral, natural color palette.

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While nature has its fair share of gorgeous vibrant hues, the typical rustic style is best served with nature’s more muted tones. Think sand-colored furniture, rich mud-brown walls, or pine green accents – these colors are soothing and evocative of the earthiest of Mother Nature’s masterpieces.

9. Large, chunky pieces.

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Rustic style tends to favor the masculine, hearty side of décor. Dainty, feminine pieces will get lost or, at the very least, feel very out of place within a rustic styled space. Opt for nature-inspired details that provide distinct presence and drama.

10. (Faux) animal hides.

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Of course, snakeskin and crocodile bumps are animalian, but they aren’t the best choice for a rustic setting. Consider the hides that would naturally be found on, say, a form. Like zebra or cowhide rugs and sheepskin throws.{found on adlsf}.

11. Balanced white & neutral.

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While wood is a gorgeous component of rustic décor, it would seem pretty somber and heavy if not balanced out with some lightness. White furniture, paint, or accessories are important in creating that pleasing balance and lightening things up.

12. Non-painted wood.

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Rustic style embraces the natural state of things, and the opportunity to see and feel the knottiness of wood, its grain, and its natural tones is a big deal. This helps to keep the textures of a variety of woods (pine, oak, walnut, birch, to name just a few) separate, individual, and interesting.

13. Natural, solid fabrics.

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The best fabrics for the foundation of rustic style are unprinted and textural. Linen, wool, burlap, and canvas are automatic choices.

14. Non-shiny metal.

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Rustic style isn’t about shine and sheen; it’s about the true grit of nature. Think rusted metal industrial hardware (old tractor parts?) or punched tin lampshades. These add an old-time feeling to a rustic setting.

15. Pieces provide visual weight.

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You want each element in rustic décor to contribute to the overall effect, so don’t shy away from larger scaled pieces. Consider that 10-person dining table or large leather sectional because rustic style can, even wants to, accommodate such things.{found on lisagutowdesign}.

16. Natural state.

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Keep things as close to their natural state as possible for the ultimate rustic style.

17. Woven baskets.

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Baskets are an excellent way to contain miscellaneous (or ugly) items, organize items, or set off a design scheme. In rustic décor, woven baskets do all of that. You could keep a basket of logs on the fireplace hearth, or baskets of small miscellany on the shelves, or even a basket on the coffee table to hide the remote controls. (Notice the contemporary drawer pulls here keep a contemporary vibe amidst the rustic components.)

18. Found objects.

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One of the appeals of rustic style is that it can be exceptionally green – found objects that have a used, worn aesthetic are often prime accessories in a rustic styled home. Consider vintage wooden barrels or even an interesting branch to create the feeling of down-to-earth, back-to-your-roots living.

19. Textural emphasis.

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Roughened textures such as jute, sisal, or braided rugs, (faux) animal hide throws, even butcher block countertops and driftwood lighting fixtures, are perfect choices for rustic home décor.

20. Understated seating.

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While seating certainly doesn’t have to be confined to a stump or a hard rock (the epitome of “natural” seating, no?), it’s best kept neutral and understated in a rustic space. Clean lines, simple textiles, and comfort are prime considerations for rustic seating furnishings.

21. Accents that mimic nature.

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For small changes that make a big difference in the overall décor scheme, you could select accent pieces that mimic nature. Think of a birch bark lamp or brass drawer pulls in the shape of twigs for some great nature-inspired details.{found on tamaramackdesign}.

22. Reclaimed barn wood.

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There’s something about a piece of wood being roughened up over the years by natural elements – rain, wind, sun, snow – that is inspiring and comforting. Barn wood in particular tends to show its age in a humbly chic way. Consider finding a way to incorporate reclaimed barn wood (or driftwood, or similar) into your space.

23. Bold, simple patterns.

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Most rustic style interiors are going to shy away from the frilly and fussy patterns (think floral and toile). Rather, in keeping with the simplicity of nature, rustic style will benefit from bold, stable, and simple patterns such as buffalo plaids and mattress ticking stripes.

24. Woven textiles.

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Nothing says “rustic” like a handcrafted piece. (Or, at least, the perfectly imperfect appearance of having been handcrafted.) Woven blankets in a southwestern pattern, for example, would look great folded and stacked neatly on a wooden shelf.

25. Modern-rustic combo.

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Combining the earthy elements of rustic style with a clean modern design is like marrying the best of both worlds. Keep an open floor plan, maintain exposed natural architecture, and pull in some modern furniture to start things out. Large windows are key to creating a seamless transition from outside to in.

26. Rustic decorative signs.

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Hanging signs on walls is a nice and simple way to add character to a space. A rustic sign made out of wood with a nice message on it can help to make your guests feel more welcome into your home or can help to fill out a blank spot on the wall. This is a really nice fall-themed design which you can easily make using white paint.

27. Handmade accessories.

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The entryway is a great spot for a variety of different DIY crafts and projects. For instance, something useful that you can make is a hanging coat rack. To keep things simple try a rustic design. You can just use a thin strip of wood or a piece of board for the back panel and some wire hooks. Paint or stain the wood if you want to or let its natural color show through.

28. Exposed bark.

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Another great way to include some subtle rustic details into your home décor is by incorporate wood into some projects and letting the bark on. This can work for things like log side tables or smaller items like this wood cake stand which is perfect for cupcakes and other treats. The bark really helps a lot to add character to this piece.

29. Wood slice decorations.

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Wood slices, especially those that have bark around the edges, are an excellent for all sorts of interesting and beautiful crafts and projects. If you want something pretty that you can display around the house, perhaps you’d like to make a rustic garland that you can hang in front of a window, sort of like a wind chime.

30. A wood Christmas tree.

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This tree would look great if made from scrap wood, driftwood or reclaimed boards because then it would have a stronger rustic look. Nevertheless, a modern wood Christmas tree with a clean and simple design like this can also look magnificent as a decoration for the mantel or a shelf. It’s easy to put together once all the pieces are cut to size.

31. Wooden Halloween pumpkins.

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There’s also a lot of cool projects that you can do with wood around Halloween, like these rustic pumpkins for example. They’re quite… abstract and they’re not really shaped like pumpkins but they sure look like it. It’s all in the details like the stem and the little burlap leaves. The orange color also really helps.

32. A tree stump table.

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This is probably one of the easiest pieces of furniture that you can craft yourself at home. You can make this entire project even easier if you leave the bark on the stump instead of taking it out and cleaning and sanding the entire surface. Either way, what’s important for this is to find a log and try to get it as flat as possible. You don’t even have to add the casters on the bottom, although that really helps with mobility given how heavy this stump table is.

33. Rustic accessories with a modern twist.

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This is a more modern version of the rustic cake stand we mentioned earlier. As you can see, the design is simpler and cleaner and the wood is carefully sanded and has no exposed bark round the edge. Of course, if you prefer a stronger rustic vibe, you can change that for a more rough-looking wood slice and still use the repurposed bowl as a base.

34. Hairpin legs.

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Hairpin legs are very versatile and look great on lots of different types of furniture of different styles. They really suit a lot of the DIY furniture pieces including ones with a rustic design, like a wood slab side table for instance. It’s more lightweight and slender than a tree stump table but similar to one in more than one way.

35. Floral accents

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Decorating with flowers suits all styles so it’s more about the types of flowers you choose and how you display them. This is a nice rustic display, a vase made using thick wood rounds with bark on and styrofoam. It’s a 4th of July table décor but of course the theme can be adapted as needed.