Think rustic, and you might imagine a wooden ski lodge or historic, half-timbered home. Rustic design doesn’t have to involve chunky, dark timber, thick lines or even a roaring fire. Keeping weathered wood, hand-stitched fabrics and a cosy frame in mind, rustic designs create a feeling of warmth and love, evoking the phrase ‘the home is where the heart is’. Re-use old furniture, rummage around the antiques in your local market and avoid the over-polished look, with our detailed guide on how to create – and find pieces for – your own rustic living room.
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Simulate a time machine in the rustic style. Place a large metal clock over your window, letting the light stream onto a dimpled cream sofa and pastel blue armchair. Place a coffee table with wheels upon a striped rug, as geometric wooden pendant lights hang over a potted hedge. Floor the space with cross-hatched wood, making a bauble of a fireplace appear the spaceman. | Visualizer: Mario Stoica.
Take your rustic living room into the 21st Century. Make full noise with an exposed brick wall and rough wooden rafters, flooring your space with varnished wood. Stand two silver lamps beside your couches, joining them with a geometric coffee table in black and white squares. For a funky edge, lean a vivid band photograph against your wall, flick a rug in paint splatters and create your own itinerary in a monochrome board to the side. | Visualizer: Lyubimova Kate.
Make wooden patterns. Structure wood into slivered bands on your wall, cross-hatches on your floor and wide planks on your main stage. Inject French flavour with charcoal wall panelling and radiators, adding structure with sofas in a bright white hue. Create warmth with a distressed fireplace and candelabra chandelier competing for a flame, and handwoven accent chairs to keep guests guessing. | Visualizer: he.D creative group.
Achieve the rustic look with a Mediterranean twist. Place a bevy of different ferns behind a mushroom L-couch, a greyed tree trunk before it. Make it cosy with a plush grey rug in a similar hue and a smattering of brown cushions. Polish off the setting with flowers in a coconut and two glass vases. See our Mediterranean rustic chic-style article for more interiors in this style. | Visualizer: Angelina Alekseeva.
Design your lounge in the rustic farmhouse style. Using a base colour palette of white paint and wood, construct a crockery cabinet with intricate edges. Upholster your couch in gingham, scattering patterns across your lounge in chair upholstery, cushions, rugs and throws. To introduce a travelled look, accessorize with ethnic fixtures in a large serving platter, African-style vases and a distressed wooden stool. | Designer: Locati Architects.
Situate your lounge in imaginary Indonesia. Upon a light wooden floor, set a simple grey rug, white L-couch and tree log coffee tables, creating a feeling of calm framed by tall banana palms. Shroud the windows behind with muted beige curtains, offering a place to sit in a Victorian dining chair. Bring in your feature at the very last moment, with large wicker pendant lights that truly light up the scene. | Visualizer: Jenya Lykasova.
Lucky enough to have a wall in stone? Place wooden beams above and monochrome furniture below it. Hang a floral chandelier from your rafters and draw your furniture with sharp angles, like this black and white coffee table. Tie in the modern and classic with a lightly-checkered rug and perching standing lamp, introducing a different kind of glow to this quasi-contemporary space. | Designer: OSM.
Coat your living room in fur. An Alvar Aalto Tank armchair is the perfect canvas to clothe in hide, the white rug beneath it the perfect accessory. Experiment with different types of wood in a black-coated fireplace, weathered wall and tree-trunk coffee table. Keep it mellow with beiges and greys, centring your room with a light pendant or three. | Designer: OSM.
Make the most of your lounge’s rustic feature. Place warm wood below a stone chimney and hearth, the star of your interior. Use weathered, unvarnished woods in your dining table, TV cabinet and wood stack, making it cosy with a patterned woollen rug. Paint your walls in white and your chairs in leather, accenting the style with a wildlife artwork at its centre. | Designer: Big Mountain Builders.
Build magic in your interior. Achieve a warm, contemporary feel with a modern fireplace and streamlined fireplace screen, or wall in stacked stone. Bring in outside materials and make art from them, like this rattan chandelier and vase full of wicker cane. Keep it modern with non-cluttered bookcases and one-colour couches. Let cushions and ornaments in metallics and prints have the final say. | Source: Eldorado Stone.
Create your own rustic interior staples. Celebrate a high-trussed ceiling by adding faux-stone wallpaper and dark wooden flooring. Throw in industrial pendant lights, a winding pipe extractor fan and bold steel fridge, keeping an element of surprise with Victorian chairs and a gramophone. A large wall feature, like this room’s star, works with Moroccan-style tiling panels for an eclectic interior. | Designer: Miysis.