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Untitled designed by Kate Hanson
UntitledDesigned by Kate Hanson
Nashville Loft 'Hers' designed by Jackie Slemmer
Nashville Loft 'Hers'Designed by Jackie Slemmer
Mood designed by Faye Daigler
MoodDesigned by Faye Daigler
Overall Mood board - Paint Refresh designed by Channing Nichols
Overall Mood board - Paint RefreshDesigned by Channing Nichols
Rustic Cabin designed by Samantha Rice
Rustic CabinDesigned by Samantha Rice
Wisconsin Cabin designed by Lisa Fiandaca
Wisconsin CabinDesigned by Lisa Fiandaca
Dark Cabin designed by Melissa Scaramuzzo
Dark CabinDesigned by Melissa Scaramuzzo
Pavillion designed by Katie Carpenter
PavillionDesigned by Katie Carpenter
Cozy Cabin designed by Natalie Nix
Cozy CabinDesigned by Natalie Nix
Rustic Great Room designed by Shanta Michelle
Rustic Great RoomDesigned by Shanta Michelle
Upstairs Living Room designed by Elissa Hall
Upstairs Living RoomDesigned by Elissa Hall
Office Mood Board designed by Tammy Payne
Office Mood BoardDesigned by Tammy Payne
Untitled designed by sallie tyler
UntitledDesigned by sallie tyler
Untitled designed by Jean Roberts
UntitledDesigned by Jean Roberts
Way Day Sale designed by Liz Kirby
Way Day SaleDesigned by Liz Kirby
final living products designed by Lyss Wallace
final living productsDesigned by Lyss Wallace
Kadie & Adam Living Room designed by Ashley Fuchs
Kadie & Adam Living RoomDesigned by Ashley Fuchs
Patios designed by Showplace Design
PatiosDesigned by Showplace Design
Speakeasy Seating Area designed by Janae Sullivan
Speakeasy Seating AreaDesigned by Janae Sullivan
Vintage Focal Point designed by Madison Swenton
Vintage Focal PointDesigned by Madison Swenton
Fall Rustic-modern living room (copy) designed by Olga Dragieva
Fall Rustic-modern living room (copy)Designed by Olga Dragieva
H&M Challenge designed by LaShay Esther
H&M ChallengeDesigned by LaShay Esther
Viz 1 designed by Lyss Wallace
Viz 1Designed by Lyss Wallace
Living Room designed by Elissa Hall
Living RoomDesigned by Elissa Hall

Design tips for decorating a rustic style living room

Here’s how to achieve the rustic aesthetic room of your dreams.

What’s the best way to design and decorate a rustic living room?

They say the kitchen is the heart of the home. But if you ask us, the living room gives it a run for its money since it’s likely the most used room in your house. From entertaining guests to lounging around reading a book to watching way too much TV (no judgment here), your main living space has to be both comfortable and functional. Open-concept living spaces may also include an eating area or a full dining room for easy living.

Whether you're in the process of a living room remodel or looking to makeover your existing one, these are the key elements to include in your design:

  • Paint or Wallpaper: Select a color or pattern that sets the desired mood for the living room and complements the rustic style you want to achieve. We are partial to covering walls, ceilings, and trim in a uniform paint color to create a cohesive look. Or consider an accent wall to serve as a focal point.
  • Sofa, Couch, or Sectional: A staple of any living room, the sofa or couch provides a comfortable seating option for relaxation and socializing. The sofa should be the functional focal point of the room. When creating the furniture plan for your living room, start with the sofa as the largest piece of furniture and plan the rest of the room around it. If you have a small living room, you may want to select a sofa with a shallower depth or a L-shaped sectional to maximize your seating space. If you have a large living room, you may want to consider multiple couches to take advantage of your space.
  • Armchairs: These individual accent chairs offer additional seating and can be placed strategically around the living room to create cozy conversation areas. In addition to leaving space around furniture groupings, make sure to also leave space around each piece of furniture. This allows people to move freely using various routes within the living room. It's important to strike a balance between creating a cozy seating area and providing enough room for easy navigation.
  • Coffee Table: A central piece, the coffee table sits in front of the sofa and provides a surface for placing drinks, books, and other items. Pro tip: The recommended distance between a coffee table and the sofa in a living room is roughly 15-18”. This allows for enough space to move around comfortably and ensures that the coffee table is within easy reach from the seating area.
  • Side Tables and/or Ottomans: Placed next to sofas or armchairs, side tables offer a convenient surface for placing lamps, drinks, or other small items. Ottomans are even more versatile and can serve as a footrest, extra seating, or even a side table or coffee table when paired with a tray. Choose side tables or ottomans that are proportionate to the furniture they accompany. The height of the side table should be similar to or slightly lower than the armrest or seat height of the sofa or chair.
  • Console, Entertainment Center or TV Stand: This furniture piece typically houses the television and often includes additional storage for media devices, gaming consoles, or to display decorative items. Ensure that the size of the media console is proportionate to the size of the screen it will be supporting. Even if you don’t plan to include a TV in your living room (we support your decision for less screen time!), a freestanding console or built-in shelving unit is great for storage and organization. You can hide (or replace) your TV with a large piece of wall art.
  • Area Rug: It’s common to include an area rug in a living room for extra warmth and coziness. If possible, all furniture pieces should “live” on the rug in your living room. If your rug doesn’t really allow for that, then at least the front legs should be atop the rug. This ensures the furniture doesn’t look like it’s floating in the room.
  • Decorative Lighting: Combine task, ambient, and accent lighting for a layered lighting scheme. Typically in a living room, you’d want a flush surface mount light or chandelier on the ceiling and wall-mounted sconces or table lamps placed around the room for mood lighting.
  • Rustic Decor Accessories: Decor in a living room can transform a living area into a vibrant tapestry of textures, colors, and forms, creating a welcoming and personalized environment that reflects your rustic style. The strategic placement of books, vases, and candles on coffee tables or shelves infuses the room with character and warmth. Throw pillows and blankets introduce texture and color helping to make the space feel cozier. Wall art helps to ground the space and showcase your personal taste and interests. Mirrors can amplify light, making the room feel more expansive.
  • Curtains or Blinds: Window treatments not only help control the light and provide privacy but also serve to tie the room's design together. They offer an opportunity to inject color, texture, and pattern into the living space, making it more inviting and personalized. Whether flowing and sheer for a light, airy feel or rich and textured for a more luxurious look, curtains play a pivotal role in setting the tone and atmosphere of the living room.

Get creative and have fun with your rustic living room makeover! If you need an extra hand, check out our step-by-step guide on How To Design a Living Room.

What materials and home decor should I use to achieve a rustic living room design?

Rustic interior design embodies the rugged beauty of nature, highlighting raw, unrefined textures and a palette inspired by the earth's organic tones. It celebrates the authenticity of natural materials, such as exposed wooden beams, wide-plank flooring, and stone accents, creating a cozy atmosphere that connects the indoors with the outdoor world.

The rustic style aesthetic is cozy and unrefined, creating welcoming spaces that celebrate simplicity and the art of repurposing. Rustic design tends to embrace a more neutral color scheme. Rustic color palettes can be either light or dark.

When decorating a rustic living room interior, select handcrafted or reclaimed furniture and vintage decor that showcases natural imperfections (read: patina) and tells a story of heritage and craftsmanship. The key is to choose items that reflect the natural world's imperfections. Common decor elements include barn doors, shiplap paneling, apron-front sinks, and vintage accessories (think: mason jars, woven baskets, wood cutting boards, or ceramic mixing bowls). Comfortable, overstuffed furniture with durable fabrics, such as cotton and linen, invites relaxation, while galvanized metal and distressed or reclaimed wood adds to the rustic farm aesthetic.

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