These rustic spaces demand curling up with a good book under a warm throw
1 of 10Thomas J. Story
Like varying hues in a color palette, multiple wood grains work well together. In this room, while the sleek lines of the wood-paneled walls and cabinetry feel modern, the live-edge table and felt pendant lights soften the aesthetic.
2 of 10Thomas J. Story
A rustic living room isn't complete without some material warmth. Layer textiles—blankets, pillows, rugs—in warm colors and bold patterns for a cabin-like look wherever you may live.
3 of 10Thomas J. Story
Whenever possible, let natural light dominate a space. When designing a home, or remodeling, take every opportunity to let in more light from the outdoors—add windows, raise the roof, add a skylight.
4 of 10Lisa Romerein; styling by Miranda Jones
Mix rustic materials with light hues for an organic-modern look. In this room, pine from reclaimed shipping palettes cover the walls. To offset the darkness, the space is lightened with white paint and curtains.
5 of 10Thomas J. Story
Decor by nature
Make any space—even the most modern—feel rustic with decoration from the outdoors. This lush woodland scene includes eucalyptus- and olive-branch garland, birch vases, a string of pine cones, and a wreath of shed dear antlers.
6 of 10Thomas J. Story
With the elements
A pure rustic living room is space outdoors. This tiny off-the-grid cabin in Wallowa County, Oregon invites communing with nature any time of year.
7 of 10Trinette Reed / Getty Images
In this living space, old and rough-hewn walls, floors, and ceiling beams create interest and dimension—and a rustic wood palette unto itself.
8 of 10Lincoln Barbour
Nature as art
Let natural utility elements—like this firewood framed like a work of art—take center stage. The stacked wood is beautiful surrounded by the contrasting white-washed brick, creating an organic-material-meets-modern-construction still-life.
9 of 10Thomas J. Story
This Montana ranch home's cedar deck puts an outdoorsy spin on a rustic living space, with its rich woods and slatted "sun visor."
10 of 10John Clark; prop styling by Molly Hurd
The foundation of rustic design is letting natural materials speak for themselves. Here, the simple and beautiful grain of fir plywood means this cabin living room requires no artwork.