love Modern Rustic interiors

August 12, 2016


If, like us, you love Modern Rustic interiors, here’s some creative ideas on how to get the look. We love relaxed, contemporary rustic interiors and here’s how to get the look in your own home. Keep your palette restrained and stick to calm, natural colours such as whites, soft greys and natural wood. It’s all about keeping the look pared back, uncluttered and calm, whilst remaining cosy. Source accessories, furniture and linens from 100s of hand-picked makers in our directory to help you create the look.


get the modern rustic look

Ways to get the look:

love this modern rustic grey and white bathroom. Click through for more ideas you'll love for creating the modern rustic look

1 Paint walls white or soft grey and white. Don’t be afraid to contrast with dark walls. Grey works well with white and wood.

love this modern rustic living room with old leather chair, animal skin rug, limed floor boards and dark linen curtains. Click through to get ideas you'll love for creating a modern rustic feel in your home

2 Add natural texture with animal skins, vintage leather furniture. soft pure linen, rustic and whitewashed wood, stone, burnished metal, plain rustic tiles and knitted fabrics.

love this modern rustic hallway with dark grey farrow and ball door, stripped floor boards and rustic wood bench. Click through for more modern rustic country home ideas you'll love

3 Try painting reclaimed furniture with Annie Sloan paints in pale colours. We love the chalky finish and that the paint will literally go on top of anything. A simple and cost-effective way to gain new pieces of furniture. Try painting up simple solid wooden chests of drawers, traditional kitchen chairs and side tables. Great way to breathe new life into tired wooden pieces of furniture and good fun too! Also keep an eye out for rustic pieces of wooden furniture – like this great wooden bench in the hallway at our photoshoot location.

love this modern rustic bathroom with walls painted in farrow and ball railings bathroom looks contrasted with white rolltop bath and printed linens love how the dark walls of this farrow and ball railings bathroom looks contrasted with white rolltop bath and printed linens

4 try painting walls dark colours – like this Farrow & Ball Railings colour in a bathroom. It will really allow for simple rustic textures such as wood to stand out. Love how the linen cushion by Madder Cutch & Co looks in contrast.

love these modern rustic throws and cushions by vanessa arbuthnott

5 Invest in some soft wool throws or blankets. It’s as much about the cosy feel and warmth as the look, so I’d always pay a bit more for soft, pure wool. Try Melin Tregwynt, Trefriw, Zeena Shah or Madeleine Jude. The throws pictured above and cushion below are both by Vanessa Arbuthnott

love this modern rustic living room with distressed walls vintage furniture and upholstered green chair with linen cushion

6 have fun with texture and distressed finishes. Love how this smartly upholstered chair looks contrasted with highly distressed chest and very rustic floor boards.

love this modern rustic dining room with paint on bare plaster rustic wood table and textural ceramics

this modern rustic dining room table looks fab against a bare plaster wall with uneven section of textural paint applied. Adds interest and texture to simple ceramics and wood.

love this modern rustic rusted metal chair with linen cushionlove these modern rustic distressed armchairs with pretty linen cushions by cabbages & roses

Also love the distressed texture of this rusty vintage metal chair and the contrast it makes with the pretty linen cushion by Cabbages & Roses. The distressed old armchairs look fab with pretty simple linen cushions too, don’t you think? Not sure I’d get away with this look in my house, but if the rest of the interior is minimal and tidy, I think it works…

love this modern rustic kitchen look with white creamware jug and white hyacinths

7 Bring the outside in with arrangements of natural foliage and simple flowers. If you keep your eyes open throughout the seasons, there should be something to pick in the hedgerows all year.

I like to use vintage white creamware jugs as vases (like this one I photographed with simple white hyacinths and old Fortnum & Mason pudding basin I picked up for 20p from a car boot sale. Here’s an image of my own kitchen with inexpensive open shelf from Ikea with old glass mason jars flled with dry foods. I love how my mum’s old mixing bowl looks planted up with spring daffodils. The tin had figs in syrup inside. Which were disgusting. But love how it looks with herbs from the garden…

love this modern rustic kitchen with white mixer, spring flowers in vintage mixing bowl, old tins of herbs, open shelves with glass jars and white metro tilinglove this modern rustic look with vintage enamel oil pourer planted with spring daffodils and white hyacinths in old pretty tin

Group in different sizes. Put stems in some and play until you like the look you’ve achieved. I like to group in threes with greenery in two but not the third. I love the way my vintage white jugs all have different textural designs but share a pure and simple single colour.

love this modern rustic flower idea by Sarah of Floribunda Rose love this modern rustic open kitchen shelving with ceramics and wooden worktop with butler sinklove how rustic dark wood shelf works across white rolltop bath in modern rustic bathroom

8 Mix rustic wood with neutrals and clean white.

love this modern rustic utility laundry room with open shelves, marble splashback, painted vintage cupboard linen press and wooden airerlove this stack of linen in modern rustic utility laundry room with open shelves, marble splashback, painted vintage cupboard linen press and wooden airer

9 combine painted wood and marble to create modern rustic open shelving and clean larders or utility/laundry rooms.

love this modern rustic daybed with dark grey wall and simple white and grey linenslove this modern rustic stool and coat hooklove this modern rustic white linen covered chairlove this modern rustic clothes raillove this painted vintage bench with linen cabbages and roses cushionlove these modern rustic cushions in linen prints and knitted cotton in greys, soft dove grey and charcoal

10 Linen. You can’t beat it as a fabric for completing the modern rustic look. Find the above fabrics at Cabbages & Roses

Also love this modern rustic wallpaper by them. It’s floral but given a real contemporary edge by being printed in charcoal grey on a natural background. Love it.

love this modern rustic wallpaper in grey floral on natural white by cabbages and roses

Also love how this linen tablecloth by Aerende looks on a simple, modern rustic dining table.

love this modern rustic dining table with linen clothlove this modern rustic kitchen with aga and simple country linens, ceramics, wooden spoons and old country range kettle

Love these images styled by Hilary Lowe of Damson & Slate (listed in our directory here)

love this rustic country bedroom - so comfortable and welcominglove this combination of apple green cushions by Damson & Slate and old church wooden bench. Simple rustic country styling that works. Click through for more ideas you'll lovelove this rustic country farmhouse living room with old quarry tile floor, dark grey wall, textural wool throws and soft green shadeslove this quirky rustic country entrance hallway in wales with old wooden church bench, soft blue walls, baskets, vintage prints and vintage finds and hat standlove this dark wood farmhouse chair with dark wood beams and panelling. Styled by Hilary Lowe for Foxy Pheasant. Click through for more ideas you'll lovelove this st judes yellow upholstered vintage rocking chair

Chair above is upholstered in fabric by St Jude’s and photographed by Yeshen Venema, styled by Hilary Lowe. Cushions on wooden chair are by Foxy Pheasant, also photographed by Yeshen Venema and styled by Hilary Lowe.

I also love this rustic bathroom and living room from

love this rustic country bathroom with roll top bath, open shelves and rustic woodlove this country rustic kitchen with open shelves, shaker cupboards and vintage enamel and wood. Click through for more rustic interiors ideas you'll love

The rooms above are from this restoration project 

love this modern rustic bathroom with wood floor roll top bath and white wallslove this modern rustic country kitchen with dark grey walls, open shelves, old farmhouse table and simple rustic ceramics, old wooden chopping boards and simple glass storage jars. click through for more rustic interiors ideas you'll love

Love the two above, too from Desire to Inspire

Check out our Modern Rustic Pinterest board for lots more ideas and inspiration on achieving this look

Here are a few of our favourites:

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