Urban Rustic Decor Style: How to Get It Right!

One of the hottest design trends today comes by a variety of names, but whether you call it Urban Rustic, Industrial Chic, or Vintage Modern, what it amounts to is a style that embraces both the old and the new, the hard and the soft. Equally at home in a high rise townhouse, a modern loft, or an historic home, Urban Rustic is edgy, trendy, and yet grounded in the past. If you love West Elm or Crate and Barrel (and who doesn’t) than you have a taste for this interior style. Here are the basics on Urban Rustic Decor.

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Urban Rustic Decor Ideas


  • Urban Rustic decor blends the old and the new, the hard with the soft. Always add contrast to every design element.
  • Create focal points with re-purposed architectural items.
  • Whenever in doubt of your urban element, think modern loft. Textures, natural surfaces, wood, metals.
  • If you feel you have gone too modern, warm it up with a vintage piece used as sculpture against a minimal background.
  • Keep color to a minimum, and make sure texture is the star of the room. Remember, contrast is key. Ex: Smooth modern metal against a rustic wood table or exposed aged brick with a luxurious fabric.
  • Get the West Elm catalog, or better yet, visit a showroom!

Check out these inspirational photos to get you started.

The brick wall in this loft urban rustic style home is the perfect contrast to the modern windows and furniture. And, the shelving is made with pipe, which gives it an industrial edge.

Urban rustic dining room


Lots of texture in this urban rustic space… The brick wall and the antique wall clock are the perfect accessories to make this room interesting!

Urban Rustic living room


Modern chairs, rustic table and industrial light fixtures… the perfect urban style!

Urban rustic dining room


Another industrial style light fixture brings modern flair to this loft space.

Urban rustic dining room


This looks like a rustic farmhouse space, until you add a black modern chandelier light fixture!

urban rustic style


Ok, this may be the epitome of urban rustic decor! Brick walls contrast with cement floors, rustic beams create a modern platform bed, and lots of texture in the bedding. Remember, neutral color choices in urban rustic style!

Urban rustic bedroom

Are you as excited about urban rustic decor ideas as we are? Oh, and love a loft style brick wall? Check out our post on Stone & Brick Accent Walls!

Image Credits: District Mill Works, Stockholm- Vitt, Crate and Barrel, Design Shuffle, pandashouse
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Kathy Bates

Kathy Bates & Steve Bates (co-owners) – Woodard Bates Media LLC consisting of three blogs: TheBudgetDecorator.com, OhMeOhMyBlog.com and TheGardenGlove.com.

Kathy Bates’ previous writing credits include:

Former home decorating expert for Lifetime TV, Galtime and Country Woman Magazine.

Her book spent time at #1 on Amazon’s Home & Garden Topseller List in 2002.

Published or featured in numerous national publications, including:

Country Sampler’s Decorating Ideas magazine, Woman’s Day magazine, HGTV, The Wall Street Journal, CBS Marketwatch, Decorating Solutions magazine, Decorating Ideas magazine, The Seattle Times, Chicago Tribune, Kansas City News, The Oklahoman, Akron Beacon Journal, Pensacola News Journal and The Telegraph.

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