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Modern Rustic decorating ideas – simple, modern country interiors to inspire you

August 12, 2016

Modern Rustic decorating ideas – simple, modern country interiors

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 this restoration project 

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 lovelove 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

Light Locations is a great place to source interesting and beautiful places to shoot. These two modern rustic kitchen/dining rooms are fresh and contemporary with a simple rusticity that I love.

love this modern rustic coastal kitchen diner dining room with white washed painted tonque and groove panelled walls and painted floor boards with open shelving, white table and chairs and vintage lighting and prints. Click through for more inspiring modern rustic decorating ideas you'll love #modernrustic #decorating #kitchen #dining #vintage #country #white #frombritainwithlove love this modern rustic coastal kitchen diner dining room with white washed painted tonque and groove panelled walls and lime washed floor boards with open shelving, rustic dark wooden dining table with vintage metal chairs and vintage mirrors vintage lighting and prints. Click through for more inspiring modern rustic decorating ideas you'll love #modernrustic #decorating #kitchen #dining #vintage #country #white #frombritainwithlove

For inspiration check out Unique Home Stays too – always a great place to find beautiful, stylish properties to book and enjoy an inspirational holiday.

Here are a few of my favourites among the properties available to book:

love this modern rustic barn farmhouse with bifold french doors and views to the terrace and rustic brick floor. Click through for more modern rustic farmhouse interiors ideas you'll lovelove this white modern rustic country farmhouse bedroom with rustic wooden beams, reclaimed wooden ladder and sliding bathroom door and simple white painted floor. Click through for more modern rustic farmhouse interiors ideas you'll lovelove this modern rustic barn farmhouse with bifold french doors and views to the terrace and rustic brick floor. Click through for more modern rustic farmhouse interiors ideas you'll lovelove this rustic farmhouse country dining room table with vintage linen runner, simple linen curtains and rustic wood. Click through for more modern rustic farmhouse interiors ideas you'll lovehow cute is this rustic country farmhouse kitchen with open shelves, terracotta tile floor, linen cupboard curtain, wooden plate rack, farmhouse table and reclaimed wooden units? Click through for more modern rustic farmhouse interiors ideas you'll lovelove this modern rustic country farmhouse kitchen dining room with reclaimed wooden cupboards, rustic wooden table, open shelves, rustic white-washed walls and tiled floor. Click through for more modern rustic farmhouse interiors ideas you'll lovelove this modern rustic farmhouse country kitchen with upcyled and re-purpsed galvanised splashback and reclaimed wooden units with butler sink and industrial taps. Click through for more modern rustic farmhouse interiors ideas you'll lovelove this rustic white washed wooden wall farmhouse with vintage galvanised planter and vintage metal chair. Click through for more modern rustic farmhouse interiors ideas you'll lovelove this rustic country farmhouse staircase hallway with rustic wooden stairs, tiled floor and hide rugs. Click through for more modern rustic farmhouse interiors ideas you'll love

The Future Kept (listed in our directory here) is a wonderful online shop run by Jeska Hearne and her photographer husband Dean. The photography is beautifully shot at their Sussex home, so there’s plenty of modern rustic inspiration. Here are a few of my favourites:

love this modern rustic rural kitchen styled by Jeska of The Future Kept with concrete walls, open rustic wood shelving and rustic wooden boards and spoons with textural ceramics. Click through for more modern rustic country interiors you'll lovelove this future kept modern rustic kitchen with open rustic wooden shelves, copper accessories and rustic ceramics. Click through for more modern rustic country interiors you'll lovelove this rustic modern country study with distressed panelled walls by Future Kept. Click through for more modern rustic country interiors you'll love

Another great source of inspiration is Eva Kosmas Flores on her blog Adventures in Cooking.  As well as offering a range of inspirational photography courses and workshops, Eva also shares behind the scenes glimpses into the renovation of her beautiful home as well as wonderfully seasonal recipes.

Here’s a taste of the inspiration you’ll find there:

love this modern rustic white and natural wood and basket bedroom by Eva Kosmas Flores. Click through to find our more about Eva's beautiful world as well as other modern rustic interior inspiration you'll lovelove this modern rustic white and natural wood bedroom chest of drawers by Eva Kosmas Flores. Click through to find our more about Eva's beautiful world as well as other modern rustic interior inspiration you'll lovelove this modern rustic white and rustic wood vanity unit with mirror and baskets by Eva Kosmas Flores. Click through to find our more about Eva's beautiful world as well as other modern rustic interior inspiration you'll lovelove this modern rustic bathroom by Joraima Tromp of Bricks Studio Amsterdam, with white square sink, old brass taps, vintage gilt mirror and rustic wood top with white metro tiles. Click through for more modern rustic country interiors you'll love

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  • Sarah October 10, 2019 at 11:52 pm

    Love pics!

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