Trend Watch: Rustic Industrial Style
By Taylor Blake
10/9/2015 9:40:00 AM
Old meets new. Traditional meets modern. Natural meets man-made. Rustic Industrial style is a mix and match look if there ever was one. You’ve probably seen it creeping up in your Pinterest feed. You know—the dining rooms with weathered wood tables and vintage light bulb chandeliers, and the living rooms with exposed brick and leather seating? Since more than 370,000 results pop up when you search the term on Pinterest, you’ve almost certainly seen it if you’ve ever browsed some home decor boards!
Rustic Industrial style takes cues from both the rural and urban worlds, using elements like wood furniture (which look great in traditional home designs) and metal finishes (which feel right at home with modern designs). Because of the mix of influences, it works well in many different styles and sizes of homes, as well as many different design tastes. (Other ways you might see it described are rustic modern, farmhouse chic, or reclaimed.) If you already love outdoorsy simplicity or bold modern trends, you might consider blending them!
Pique your interest? Here are some ways to begin building this look in your own space.
- Look for these materials: Wood, metal, stone, glass, brick, and natural-looking textiles (like wool, burlap, linen, and leather).
- Look for these details: Nailhead trim, exposed screws, metal hardware, reclaimed or distressed wood that retains the grain’s texture, earth tones, a mix of dark and light tones, natural and geometric patterns, and sharp angles.
- Don’t be afraid to mix and match: Rustic Industrial’s trademark is the mix of different influences, materials, and textures, which means there isn’t just one right way to do it. A wood chair might bring the Rustic look, while a metal table brings the Industrial side. When placed together, they create one cohesive look.
- Find pieces you love: This should always be a rule for your home! The new decor will look like it was put together with ease if it reflects the people who live there.
While you can have a lot of DIY fun with this look, ready-made pieces can come in the thousands-of-dollars range at retailers like Restoration Hardware. If you don’t have the time or the budget to make either of those happen, though, Weekends Only can help kickstart your redecorating!
Take a look at these Rustic Industrial room groups for some inspiration (items not to scale):
Find more inspiration: If these designs are speaking to you, our Rustic Industrial Style Pinterest board features tons of pieces and styling tips that fit with this outdoors-meets-indoors decor. Time to get pinning!