5 Ways to Create a Rustic Living Room

Time Several Hours

Budget $ $$$

Skill Level

WORDS BY Gillian Grefe

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Published on December 19, 2019

What feels more like a cabin than a deer bust on the wall? Tap into the rustic vibes with nods to the woods and outdoors. It can be subtle, like a contemporary print of a deer, or a wagon wheel chandelier. To keep it from getting to theme heavy, add only one or two touches of cabin classic to your rustic living room.

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Your living room might sport plaster or drywall, but you can create a rustic atmosphere with natural wood textures in the space. While you could add beams on the ceiling, or wooden molding on the walls, simple accessories in the space can exude rustic feelings just as well. Select an aged finish or heritage wood coffee table. 

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To pull off the rustic design in your living room, layer different textures, and materials. Not only will this create a greater sense of depth in the space, but it’ll also create a welcoming, lived-in atmosphere in the room. Don’t be afraid to incorporate a mixture of different metals, stone, and wood furniture. From there, add layers of leather, linen, and wool in cozy textured blankets and pillows.

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A trademark of a rustic cabin getaway is a living room full of armchairs and an oversized couch to spend the afternoon lounging on. In a rustic living room, comfort is key. Select stuffed armchairs that are easy to lounge on or a large sectional couch that begs visitors to take a seat.

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If your living room has elements of exposed brick or stone, make it a feature instead of downplaying it. Make a statement and draw the eye to it with art and lighting. Install a mantle to create a fireplace moment fit for a cabin getaway.

Worried dark exposed brick will drag down the color palette? Try whitewashing. It’ll preserve the texture, but a fresh coat of white paint can lighten the room.

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With a few design changes, you can make your living room feel like a cabin getaway. 

Rustic isn’t right for you? Check out the style quiz to discover what interior design fits your personality. 

Words by Emma Diehl