Rustic and chic aren’t necessarily two words that go together—until now.
Rustic chic is the style we’re seeing everywhere right now from Pinterest to the glossy pages of top design magazines.
Ultimately, while rustic chic may have a different connotation to everyone, for me it’s the seamless marriage of a design style that’s charming, inspired by nature, simplistic and even a bit Old World with elements that are also industrial, sleek and modern. The result is that perfect balance between a home that’s fresh and current as well as inviting and warm.
The key to rustic chic is to avoid going overboard on any one element—you don’t want your entire home to be filled with rustic or weathered items, but when you strategically place these items there’s a great sense of harmony.
In the above room, the rustic elements come from the actual architecture of the space, so to balance out the details like the exposed brick and wood beams running along the ceiling, the furnishings are minimalist and modern.
Bold pops of color and prints also serve to liven up the neutral and naturally-inspired colors of the ceiling, walls and floor.
The kitchen above had the soaring wood beams and the washed wood floor, but the contemporary white cabinetry brings the room together.
The great room pictured above is from a ski home set in the mountains and while this expansive room is quintessentially rustic from the beams to the soaring stone fireplace, the furnishings have clean lines and unexpected colors and the stone and iron cocktail table contributes even more modernity to the design.
The furnishings above look like they’re primarily reclaimed or vintage, and while the pendant lights over the table also have their own vintage inspiration, it’s a juxtaposition between the chrome and blue and the distressed finishes of the other items in this space.
Above you notice the massive amount of wood in this space that’s offset by the contemporary red of the cabinetry and the clean lines and look of the light-colored countertop.
Some more rustic chic inspiration…
*Stay tuned for my current project in Shady Canyon, CA – A gorgeous rustic chic gem!