Mastering modern rustic

One of our struggles as of late has been determining the perfect balance between modern and rustic. How does one bridge the gap between organic architecture and modern design elements to create a cohesive space? Adding contemporary touches to a rustic foundation (or the other way around) seems tough, but here are a few ways to achieve the modern rustic look effortlessly.

1. Edit your elements
Simplify your space by having one main rustic element be your focal point. Enhance it with secondary details that are more crisp and tailored to create the perfect balance. Contrasting organic silhouettes with clean-lined, contemporary details can elevate the space for a more refined take on the rustic look.
Calla McNamara Interiors
2. Tell a story
From the moment you enter the front door, your house should be telling a story all the way through. No one room should steer too modern or too rustic if you want your space to feel unified.
Brooke Wagner Design
3. Infuse industrial elements
Industrial touches (think Restoration Hardware) can be both modern and rustic, making it perfect for a space that's trying to integrate the two looks. Antiqued mirrors, tall casement windows, and iron details (like the chandelier below) are complementary to both styles, making them seem less contrasting.
Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles
4. Let it shine
For a fresh take on the rustic look, paint a wall or ceiling with a high gloss white paint. As light bounces off of it, everything will appear more light and airy creating a lively interior. Polished chrome is another way to infuse modern edge.
Victoria Hagan
5. Clean Lines
Contrasting organic silhouettes and textures with contemporary furniture that has clean lines can help elevate a space beyond traditional farmhouse style. Below, the Parsons table combined with the sleek wooden frame and natural wood lamp creates a style that's at once laid-back and polished.

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