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A Modern Take on Rustic Chic: Incorporating Natural Elements into Interior Design

Updated: Jan 7

Brown leather tufted sofa, cow hide area rug, floor plans, open staircase
Modern Rustic Living Room

Do you love the modern design style, and want to create a chic appearance while still incorporating nature into the home? Adding organic elements to interior design is a good way to make the space feel grounded and welcoming while ensuring that everything looks stylish and up-to-date.

Whether you are a homeowner working on a DIY project or a professional interior designer offering these services, there are ways that you can incorporate organic tones and pieces into the room design. Here are a few tips to consider:

Wall Art

Green dresser against a white brick wall with plumes in a beige vase and 2 wall art of leaves
Natural Wall Art

Choose one or more pieces of art that showcase nature scenes: forests, water, flowers, landscapes, and more. Art can be the finishing touch that makes the room feel more alive and vibrant. With the right colors and scenes, you can bring a natural element into the overall design.

Indoor Plants

A variety of house plants of different sizes and styles
House Plants

Even if you don’t have a green thumb, there are plenty of options to add fake plants to the design. Living indoor plants can improve air quality and offer a fresh perspective, but they require a bit of maintenance. On the other hand, fake plants add a natural pop of color and you don’t have to worry about watering them.

Natural Flooring

The floors are a prominent feature of the house. Choose a natural-color flooring to make the room feel more organic. Many homeowners want to avoid wood flooring because of the expense and maintenance requirements. A great alternative is vinyl flooring designed to look like wood. This alternative gives you the desired appearance, and it is much more durable and easier to maintain.

Wood Furniture

Not only is wood furniture quite sturdy and durable, but the wood brings warmth into the room. Choose pieces that showcase elegant craftsmanship. You can find wood furniture with a country feel or a rustic appearance, as well as antique pieces that bring a hint of nostalgia into the overall design.

Natural Lighting

Rustic farmhouse kitchen with white cabinets and an abundance of natural light
Spacious Farmhouse Kitchen

Don’t underestimate how much lighting plays a role in interior design. Allow sunlight to come through the windows instead of using artificial light all the time. Not only does sunlight improve the beauty of the natural materials in the room, but it also boosts your mood and brightens the home.

Wood Doors

Finally, consider keeping a wood tone on the doors instead of painting them to match the room. This design technique adds an accent with natural colors, with a focus on the entry points of the room.

Written by Becki Andrus in partnership with wrought iron door manufacturers Abby Iron Doors. 

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