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35+ Rustic living room ideas – modern, farmhouse and chic decor

By Elise Hodge

Published: October 28th, 2019

Add warmth to your living room with rustic accents and design.

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Do you like warm, cosy spaces that embrace rugged, natural beauty over polished finishes? If that’s you, then you’ve come to the right spot because I’ve put together my favourite rustic living room ideas that you can add to your home.

When you think ‘rustic,’ your mind might instantly turn to old, vintage or timber pieces. But that doesn’t have to be the case. In fact, rustic living rooms can embrace modern elements and chic decor. The key to nailing the rustic style is to embrace a variety of shapes, textures, and colours that make your space look unique.

Rustic living rooms usually use organic tones and earthy colours to create warmth. So using warm tones when it comes to choosing paint and warm light globes instead of cool tones are small decisions that make a room instantly cozy.

But the most important thing is to focus on design elements that create a charming, rustic space that you love to live in.

1. Wooden tones and touches of blue

If you want to integrate a rustic feel to your living room but want to keep a clean finish, take inspiration from this beautiful living room. This is proof that a rustic living room doesn’t have to have raw edges to be effective.

You can recreate this look by using highlights of timber. If you have wooden beams keep their natural warm raw colour and then add in a wooden coffee table, natural-tone chairs and decorations.

Rustic living room
Source: Jacquelyn Clark

2. Use a vintage statement piece

The good news is that you don’t have to completely overhaul your living room to achieve a rustic look. You can do it by trading one modern piece of furniture for an older, vintage choice. Take this wooden coffee table, for example, it provides a great contrast to the rest of the white room.

Rustic living room
Source: Jacquelyn Clark

3. Let the light in

Rustic living rooms can get a little bit dark, so it’s really important to keep the light flowing through in. You can achieve this look with large floor-to-ceiling windows – just remember to keep the draping curtains open wide in the daytime!

Rustic living room
Source: Elle Decor

4. Add a round wooden mirror

It’s the most simple touches that can make the biggest difference. Take this wooden, rustic mirror, for example. It adds the perfect touch to this small living room and I love how it has been framed with gorgeous pieces of art.

There are so many benefits of adding a mirror to your space. Apart from being a lovely addition to your existing decor, mirrors create the illusion of extra space, which is especially helpful in a tiny room.

Rustic living room
Source: One Kings Lane

Don’t forget that you can always get someone to help with your picture hanging and also that heavy mirror to make sure it’s supported correctly.

5. Exposed beams

If you’ve got exposed beams in your living room, use them to your advantage. By keeping them in their natural colour, you add a charming touch to your rustic living room. You can tie in this warm colour with beige and timber tones throughout your furniture. This living room does this by incorporating a brown rug and timber bench.

Living room
Source: Architectural Digest

6. Create an eclectic space

Modern living rooms can be rustic too. Achieve this look by adding in a mix of furniture. Choose a white couch and combine it with a brown sitting chair. Select multi-coloured pillows, and throw in a black side table. Create consistency by sticking to a few key colours and remember the boundaries of interior design are becoming more and more blurred, so have some fun.

Living room
Source: Uruh Photo

7. Elegant rustic style

If you prefer a more polished look, then this might just be the rustic living room for you. This space combines beautiful velvet pink sitting chairs with a large three-seater grey couch and a light wooden recliner chair. It also adds touches of dark wood, with the coffee table and firewood, to create depth.

Modern living room
Source: Architectural Digest

8. Country rustic living room

The living room in this country ranch has a whole lot of character. Recreate this look for yourself by using dark wood, leather, beige tones and dark pink velvet pillows.

But it’s not just the furniture that matters, it’s the lighting too. Choose lighting that matches the overall look you’re going for. This room combines medieval-style suspended lights with lamp-like lights on the walls for a warm and cosy atmosphere. Now, where are those marshmallows…

Rustic living room
Source: Houzz

Need a new light but not really too sure about what you’re looking for? Well, I’ve come across this too so I actually put together a whole article just on living room lighting ideas – you’re welcome!

9. Add plants

The simple addition of some greenery can make a huge difference to your living room. This space has an eclectic mix of furniture – from smooth grey fabric couches to a velvet sitting chair and a brown leather chair. But it’s the palm leaves in a glass vase on the timber coffee table that make the biggest statement. They provide an eye-catching centrepiece for this gorgeous living room.

Rustic living room
Source: Uruh Photo

10. Stick to neutrals

One way to make your space feel more rustic is to choose the right colour palette. Take this living room, for example. It combines timber tones with touches of mustard, grey and white. These are all neutral colours that, when combined, look really great together.

Living room
Source: Style by Emily Henderson

Love this idea and looking for some more colour schemes? Here’s my collection of grey living room ideas which I love.

11. Minimalist rustic

Keep things stripped back and simple with a modern minimal living room. This space combines structured timber pieces with two funky purple couches to make a space that’s eye-catching and cute.

Minimalist rustic
Source: Gian Carlovalle

12. Timber on timber

If you’ve got timber floors, then why not stick to the theme and add more timber? It truly doesn’t take a lot to make a space like this look amazing. Throw in a couple of timber chairs, some natural baskets and a touch of white, and you’ve got yourself a beautiful, clean space.

Neutral living room
Source: One Kings Lane

13. Add black furniture

Black is another great colour to consider when you’re creating a rustic living room. This small living room is relatively simple with beige couches, yet the addition of a black chair and black timber coffee table add interest and detail.

Living room
Source: Lesley Unruh

14. Beige and stripes

It can be easy to dismiss beige as a boring and overused colour. But the truth is that there are just so many shades to choose from. Get creative with your neutrals and incorporate different shades of beige.

This living room design does this very effectively, with a brown leather couch, a light-beige-striped couch, neutral window shutters, and touches of brown leather on the mirror above the fireplace.

Living room
Source: Mark D Sikes

15. Blue and timber

You don’t have to keep things all one colour to create an effective rustic living room. This design uses blue to add life and fun to the space, and I’m here for it! This would be the perfect style for a coastal escape. Incorporate blue with your couches, stools, and even with your kitchen decor.

Blue farmhouse
Source: Mark D Sikes

16. Light timber beams

Light timber and white are a match made in heaven. So, if you have a lot of white space and exposed beams, let them be the heroes of your living room. Complete your space with a patterned feature wall, simple grey furniture, and a cosy rug.

Living room
Source: Regan Baker Design

17. Woodsy cabin

Imagine enjoying a weekend away in this space? If you live in the bush, take inspiration from this woodsy cabin. It’s got all of the cosy elements you need for a cool weekend indoors. Fireplace? Check! Large patterned rug? Check! Huge couch? Check! A basket full of blankets? Check! All you’ll need is a glass of wine and you’ll be set!

Living room
Source: Regan Baker Design

18. Plaid and leather

This look reminds me of something out of a Christmas movie.  Add leather and plaid to your space, light the candles, dim your lamps, and turn on the carols.

Rustic living room
Source: Witt Construction

19. Use plenty of stone

Another common feature of rustic living rooms is stone – and lots of it. You can use it in your living room by creating an expansive stone fireplace, feature wall or archway. It also looks really great teamed with a leather couch and timber coffee table, like in this picture.

Living room
Source: Witt Construction

20. Create a vintage bookcase nook

If you have a bookcase or cabinet in your living room, make it rustic by adding assorted flowers in a vintage vase. You can find plenty of vases like this at homeware stores. Or, you can scour the shelves of your local op shops – you’re bound to find something there. One man’s treasure is another man’s treasure!

Living room
Source: Lisette Voute

21. Add warm lighting

The key to creating a cosy rustic living room is to make sure your lighting is just right. The truth is that harsh, white lighting will completely ruin your space and undo all of the great work you’ve done in choosing the right furniture. Don’t let this be the case! Get your lighting right by choosing warm bulbs that will create an inviting feel. Add a lamp on your coffee table, lights on the wall, and candles on your coffee table.

Living room
Source: Lisette Voute

22. Keep the fireplace burning

If the weather is cool enough, and you’ve got a fireplace in your living room, turn it on! There’s nothing more cosy and homely like the sound of a crackling fire. It’ll add a rustic touch to your space, and will provide the perfect ambience for hosting guests.

Living room
Source: Witt Construction

Don’t have a fireplace yet or maybe you want it converted into a gas fireplace? There are multiple options that you can pick and choose between but when it comes to getting put in, get a professional to take care of your fireplace installation.

23. Window seat nook

Creating a comfy corner by stacking a window seat full of mixed cushions and throws. I love how this seat doubles up as storage, with two large pull-out drawers underneath it. This kind of furniture is handy for storing board games or extra decor that you don’t want lying around all of the time.

Summer or wintertime, you’ll love sitting here with the weekend newspaper or one of those books you just can’t put down.

Living room
Source: Witt Construction

24. Include a statement piece of art

A rustic living room doesn’t have to be stripped bare. You can add character and life into your space by hanging your favourite piece of art on the wall. The colours in this piece are integrated throughout the rest of the room, with grey and blue cushions on the couch and grey and blue in the patterns on the rug.

Living room
Source: MHZ London

25. Stick to a theme

No colour scheme is cosier than one that is made up of warm neutrals. While you don’t have to stick to these colours to create a rustic living room, it certainly does help. In the case of this living room, a colour palette of soft browns and greys lays the foundation for comfy furniture and gentle fabrics. Whatever colours you choose, just make sure you stick to a theme. Because consistency really is key in creating a finished space.

Living room
Source: Dillard Jones

26. The farmhouse

Whether you live in a farmhouse or you wish you lived in a farmhouse, you can embrace the design trends that go with this kind of home. Combine stones with natural wood, use plenty of grey in your furniture and with the paint on your walls, and add touches of black and white all around.

Living room
Source: Dillard Jones

27. Rustic refined

The raw timber and white with touches of grey make this living room very boho chic. If you’re trying to create a space like this, add in greenery and foliage on your coffee table to ramp up the rustic side of your design. The addition of a timber tray with magazines will also make your space feel more homely and lived in.

Living room
Source: Cecyj Interiors

28. Timber walls

Forget rendered walls! Bring the outdoors in with rustic, timber walls. This creates a natural look and feels in your living room. And it’s really easy to dress up with plenty of neutral colours and dark timber and black.

Living room
Source: Beth Webb

29. Hang floral curtains

Don’t forget the colour and pattern! You certainly don’t have to stick to one shade to create a rustic look. In fact, floral patterns can really add a vintage feel to your space. Hang them high above your glass doors and windows for dramatic effect. And integrate the colours with the pillows on your couch.

Living room
Source: Dillard Jones

30. Dramatic woodwork

If you have a flair for the dramatics, this intricate wood detailing will appeal to you. The domed ceiling makes a living space feel extremely special and very natural look. Combine this with a suspended candle-style light to create a striking focal piece.

Rustic living room
Source: Elle Decor

31. Dark metal and timber

This living room looks like the kind of place that you would want to lounge around in all day. The dark metal in the light adds contrast to the timber flooring, beams, and furniture for a perfect match!

Living room
Source: Studio McGee

32. Black and white

You simply can’t go past the classic combination of black and white. It always looks good and is really easy to style. It’s the wall art and cushions that really make this space. The soft and fluffy textures of the rug and middle pillow help to make this space feel cosy and inviting.

Living room
Source: Setting for Four

33. Double it up

Take your rustic living room to new heights by using walnut cabinetry and railings on both the first and second floors of your interior. This colour is warm and inviting, making for a very cosy home!

Rustic living room
Source: Elle Decor

34. Vintage leather

Shop around for a statement piece of furniture, like this vintage leather sitting chair. The worn-in look makes it feel very rustic. Add a throw over the arm to add a touch of colour and life. I love how the green in this living room has been incorporated with delicate vases on the top of the dark timber cabinet.

Living room
Source: House Beautiful

35. Create multiple spaces

If you have a large living room, it can be easy to let blank corners go to waste. Make the most of your space by breaking your living room up into different areas. This space has two sitting areas – one to the left and the other to the right, as well as a spot for dining at the back. The key to making an area like this work is to use consistent colours throughout. If you don’t do this, your living room could look a bit disjointed. But by sticking to key colours like the blues, creams and deep reds in this picture, you’ll create a cohesive design.

Living room
Source: House Beautiful

Have I sold you on creating a rustic living room? I hope that you’ve been able to see that there is so much more to a rustic living room than you might initially think. Yes, there are the usual suspects – the timber, neutrals and stone. But there are also so many other rustic living room ideas that you can use.

How about adding a bit of blue for a coastal-inspired space? Or integrating deep red? And what about hanging floral curtains? Or you could combine modern dark metal with masculine leather and dark timber?

Whether you want to create an edgy, modern space, a relaxed farmhouse, or a glam living room, I hope these 35 ideas have shown you how you can incorporate rustic touches throughout! I’d love to hear how you’re going to do this, and what your biggest takeaway was from this post. Drop a comment down below.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Elise H

I've recently moved into a new home and I've been having so much fun decorating it with pretty wall prints and Scandinavian-inspired furniture. So as well as being a freelance writer, I'm always on the lookout for new design pieces for my home!

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