Rustic Living Room Ideas to Make Your Home

Cozy, laid back, comfortable, welcoming nothing says come and sit awhile more than a rustic living room. From dark and traditional to modern and chic, these stylish living rooms deliver rustic decorating ideas to help you transform any room into a rustic retreat of your own.

Whether in a cabin, a cottage, a farmhouse, or a new build in the suburbs, creating a rustic look is easy. It starts with a mix of textures and materials such as weathered wood beams and stone fireplace surrounds, wood and metal furniture paired with leather and natural linen covered seating, and natural sisal and cozy wool rugs. The more layered the better! Then it’s on to the comfort factor with a seating arrangement made of the perfect trifecta of rustic living room furniture: a comfortable sofa, a pair of cozy, curl-up-in chairs, and a coffee table that welcomes games and snacks as easily as a pretty stack of coffee table books topped with decorative bowl. Keep the room connected by choosing paint colors, fabrics, and accessories all in a relaxing neutral color palette full of warm grays, browns, and greens pulled straight from nature.

Once your living room is ready for company, keep on going with more rustic decorating ideas for your kitchen and bathrooms and give your whole house that warm and inviting rustic feel.

Warm Wood Surround

Nothing sets a rustic scene more than a surround of dark and weathered wood the more aged and rugged the better! Frame windows and horizontally planked walls with the same species and tone of wood add architectural interest without becoming a distraction. Balance the dark wood with a grouping of white or off-white upholstery.

Airy Backdrop

Rustic doesn’t have to mean dark. In her family’s Texas ranch house, designer Lisa Hilderbrand created an airy living room with a rustic twist by installing a new stucco fireplace topped with a wood mantel and layering lots of materials such as wood-plank laminate flooring, leather furniture, seagrass rugs, and a stone and steel coffee table.

Rustic Reclaimed Materials

For a guaranteed rustic look, start with reclaimed materials. In this Mississippi home, the homeowners set the scene with salvaged heart-pine floors. Then used old paving bricks to give the fireplace a been-around-forever feel. On top, horizontal planked wood doors hide the television.

View-Welcoming French Doors

Let nature provide the decoration by installing large windows or French doors to invite the outdoors in. Painting the walls and ceiling a light color lets the outdoor views shine even more.

Rustic Built-In Cabinet

If you want to keeps things on the lighter side and don’t want a full-out cabin look. Start with just one or two rustic elements. Such as a simple reclaimed beam mantel or a cabinet crafted of salvaged wood.

Porch-Worthy Furnishings

Channel this South Carolina screened-in porch to create the ultimate rustic living room. To get the look, start with a rusty-red painted floor and a massive stone fireplace. Add a mix of rattan or Old Hickory hoop chairs plus a cozy braided rug. Then substitute the sofa with a charming wood bed swing. Wrought-iron light fixtures and striped pillows complete the rustic look.

Pickled Wood Walls

Give pine-paneled walls a fresh makeover by pickling them. The result is a living room that is pure cabin chic. Keep the rest of the rooms’ furniture light to continue the modern-meets-rustic look.

Rustic Architectural Salvage

Chippy and peel-y architectural salvage brings a living room instant age and texture. After all, you do find “rust” in “rustic.” The living room of this grain silo-turned-guest house features numerous reuses of rustic salvage, including weathered sheet metal siding, chippy wood window frames, and even an old Champagne shipping crate that homeowner Amy Kleinwachter topped with a grain sack cushion to make into a footstool.

Top-To-Bottom Texture

The secret to this inviting rustic living room? Top-to-bottom texture: starting from the scuffed ceiling beams (salvaged from an old warehouse) to the velvet-covered armchair to the dhurrie-topped sisal rug. Add a wood-planked coffee table, some foraged pine cones. A stack of birch logs, and a vintage tobacco basket above the mantel, and you have a rustic look that can’t be beat.

Natural Stone Surround

Inspired by a room in a Ralph Lauren catalog, these Maryland homeowners added a fieldstone half-wall and fireplace surround. A reclaimed beam rescued from a log cabin serves as the mantel, which is topped with rustic accessories such as an antique iron gate, antlers, and crockery.

An Outside-In Approach

Look to nature to give a living room rustic appeal. In this wood-wrapped living room by designer Ashley Gilbreath, a neutral palette keeps the focus on the view. While leafy motifs in the throw pillows add some pattern.

Warm Wood Walls

While this sophisticated living room is located in a renovated and repurposed barn. It delivers rustic inspiration that can be applied to any space. The walls and ceiling are planked with reclaimed pine, and the homeowners had the rustic cedar post cut at a local sawmill. Requesting that the original bark and moss stay intact to remain as natural as possible. A built-in corner shelf, made of the same wood as the wall and ceiling paneling. Adds a charming spot for books and collections. Adding to the rustic vibe: The chandelier is made of an antique wagon wheel, and the coffee table is an old industrial cart.

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