What Is Rustic Design And How Can I Use It In My Home?

You’ve probably seen quite a few beautiful home designs labeled ‘rustic’. Finding a common theme between the different rustic styles can get a bit tricky, however. People use this term on everything from log-cabin, to coastal, to Tuscan-style design. So what, exactly, is rustic design?

Rustic design is a catch-all term used to describe a style of decorating that is that’s natural, rough, aged, and/or casual. It’s usually a cozy style with handmade, over-size furniture and natural textiles. Rustic is sometimes considered the opposite of ‘modern’. However, you might find that you like contemporary rustic design, which fuses elements of modern style with rustic elements.

With all that in mind, here are a few common elements that all rustic designs share:


Handmade Furniture

A large percentage of furniture used in rustic designs is handmade, typically from natural materials. We’re talking solid-wood tables, over-sized chairs with comfy cushions, and hand-woven blankets. Typically, rustic furniture has a cozy, livable look and feel. Rustic designs often use wood flooring, barn doors, and exposed beams as well.

Natural Color Palette

Neutrals abound in rustic design. Materials are often left their original color, so you get lots of natural wood and stone tones. That doesn’t mean no bold colors, though. As long as you stick with natural earth-tones you’re good. Greens, browns, and grays are common, but earthy reds and blues that look like sky and water fit the style as well.

Unpolished Materials

There’s usually a certain amount of roughness to rustic design. Raw woods and stone typically form the backbone of the design, offering a variety of natural textures and colors. Reclaimed wood is often used since it has an aged look to it that’s perfect for rustic design. In textiles, you’ll almost never see something with a sheen. Raw fabrics fit the aesthetic much better. For a more contemporary rustic look, you can bring in some modern elements like the metal that we use in our modern and industrial furniture collections.

Comfortable Atmosphere

All the elements of rustic design should come together to create a comfortable, inviting atmosphere. That’s one of the main goals of incorporating rustic elements into your interior design. Even with some raw materials and rough edges, it all comes together to make a space that feels homey.

Do you want to incorporate rustic design into your home? If so, handmade solid-wood furniture and barn doors are a great place to start. You can shop online to see what kind of rustic designs we make or contact us if you have a custom request.

5 Tips To Help You Set Up Your Own Comfy Breakfast Nook

If you’ve got a little extra space in your kitchen or a corner you’re not quite sure what to do with, why not turn it into a breakfast nook? A cozy little nook with seating and a table might quickly become your new favorite place to settle in with a cup of coffee and your morning reading before you take on the rest of the day. You might even like it so much you want to eat more meals there than just breakfast.

While you can just toss a table and chair in the corner and call it a breakfast nook, putting a little more effort into it will make for a much cozier place to spend your time. Here are a few tips for how to set up your very own comfy breakfast nook.


Find A Good Spot

The ideal spot for a breakfast nook is a well-lighted corner of the kitchen or dining room. Windows are a plus, though not essential. If you have a bay window it’ll make the perfect location for a cozy little nook. But if not, no worries – any corner will do. For example, you could cut one of the countertops off before it hits the wall to save a corner for an L-shaped bench. Or you can set up a small, round table in an open spot at one end of your kitchen.

Light The Space

Even if you do have nice windows, you’ll still want lights in your nook. They’ll be a big help on cloudy mornings or if you want to relax in the nook during the evening. Pendant lights hanging over the nook are a popular choice and there are plenty of different kinds to choose from to fit with your decorating style.

Provide Good Seating

Many breakfast nooks make the most of a small space using benches. It takes up much less room to put a bench along the walls than to leave room to scoot chairs in and out. Plus, you can add hidden storage in the benches. If there’s enough room around the table, you could use chairs instead of or in addition to benches.

Decorate Your Nook

Picking out decorations for your breakfast nook should be fun. If you already like the way your kitchen is decorated, just continue that theme into your nook. Or you can use setting up the breakfast nook as an excuse to change the look of your kitchen. Try to choose easy-clean fabrics for the chairs and benches just in case you spill coffee or something.

Choose A Table

The table you pick is going to depend on the size and shape of the space you have available. Sometimes breakfast nooks are odd shapes, so it helps if you’re working with custom furniture makers like Rustic + Modern. We’ll help you customize a round, square, or rectangular table that’s perfect for your breakfast nook.

Will A Barn Door Work Here? How To Decide If A Barn Door Is The Right Fit For Your Space

So you love the look of barn doors. Who doesn’t? And you want to have one in your house, but you’re not sure whether a barn door will really work in your space. Well, you’ve come to the right place to figure that out. Here are the questions you need to ask yourself to figure out if a barn door is the right fit for your home.

Do I Have Room?

This seems like a pretty obvious question, but you’d be surprised how easy it is to assume you have room for a barn door and then find out you don’t. Barn doors don’t take up nearly as much floor space as a swing-door, but they do take up wall space. For a single barn door, you need at least as much space along one wall as the door opening is wide. And for double doors, you’ll need at least half the width of the opening on either side of the door. That’ll give the doors enough room to slide all the way open. You also need to have enough space between the top of the doorway and the ceiling so there’s room for hanging hardware.

Is Everything Level?

Most houses are level enough to hang a barn door, but it’s still something you’ll want to check. Make sure your door openings, headers, ceilings, and floor are all level before you purchase your barn door. If any of these measurements are off, you could end up with a door that hangs slightly ajar or which scrapes the floor when you try to open it.

Is There Enough Support?

Barn Doors are heavy, so you need to make sure there’s enough structural support to hang them. If the wall itself isn’t strong enough this problem is easily fixed. You can simply install a header attached to the wall studs above the doorway. That’ll be able to support the weight.

Will It Match My Decor?

Barn doors can work with just about every decorating style. It just depends on the type of barn door you choose. We usually think of barn doors with a more rustic interior design such as rustic chic, farmhouse, or log-cabin style. And they’re perfect for that. But if you want the doors to have a chic and modern look, just opt for wood that’s smooth and polished with a stain that matches other woodwork in the room. You can even order an unfinished barn door and then paint or finish it yourself to match other decorations.

One Door or Two?

How many doors you use depends on available space, what you’re using the door for, and personal preference. Two barn doors will be more expensive than one, but there are situations where double barn doors will fit your space and design plan better. Click here to read a longer article on this topic.

Is A Sliding Door What I Need Here?

Sliding doors work well for most doorways. If you want a barn door there and you have enough room, then go for it. They’re perfect for a pantry, laundry room, or small office that you want to hide away when it’s not in use. Or for acting as sliding room dividers that let you keep the open feel of your home while offering the option to close off rooms, as in the doorway between a living area and dining room. Plus, barn doors are easy for people in wheelchairs or using walkers to open so they’re handicap accessible if that’s something you need.

Where Will I Get My Barn Doors?

There’s no better place to get your barn doors than Rustic+Modern. We offer doors in a variety of woods and styles, and we can customize them to fit your space. Just place your order through our website or contact us to get started on a custom project.

5 Decorating Tips for Mixing Wood Furniture and Wood Flooring

Solid wood is a great choice for both furniture and flooring. But from a decorating standpoint, is it a good idea to use both in the same room? Or is wood in the furniture and on the floors too much of a good thing?

If you love the look of wood you’re in luck. There’s no reason you can’t pair wood furniture and wood flooring in the same room. If you want it to look good, though, there are a few decorating tips to keep in mind.


1) Don’t Match Furniture and Floor

If all the wood in a room is the same color, it can make the space look boring because the furniture and floor will blend together too much. While you can use rugs to help the wood furniture stand out from the floor, it’s still more visually interesting to mix-and-match wood types. Using different wood finishes is also easier since it’s often hard to find an exact match. Especially if you’re purchasing the furniture pieces and flooring at different times and/or from different suppliers.

2) Limit The Number of Wood Types

While mixing wood types is a good idea, you probably won’t want every single furniture piece to be a different species, color, and texture of wood. Two or three different finishes is usually all that a room can handle. And it’s often a good idea to pick just one wood to be the dominant color in the room, then use the other color(s) more sparingly. In a dining room, for example, you could make the trim, flooring, and cabinet or hutch all the same color then use a different wood for the table and chairs.

3) Think About Wood Species

Each wood from a different type of tree has a different natural color. And if you plan to stain the wood, remember different species of wood take stain differently and using the same stain on two different pieces of furniture is no guarantee they’ll look the same. The tree’s species also affects a wood’s grain. Some woods have a large, open grain while other grains are smaller and less noticeable.

4) Find A Unifying Trait

It’s a good idea to find at least one trait that all the different woods in a room can share. One of the most popular is shared undertone. Different woods often look best together when they share a similar undertone. Try to keep the different woods in your home in a similar color family (e.g. warm blond furniture with reddish floors, or ebony-stained furniture with cool gray floors). You could also go for a more subtle unifying trait, such as similar grain patterns.

5) Focus On Creating Balance

To keep the room from looking lop-sided, it’s generally a good idea to spread the different wood colors out. If you have a natural pine table on one end of the room, for example, you’ll want another piece of light-colored wood furniture on the other side of the room. Alternately, using one piece with a very different wood finish can create a strong focal point. Then you can create visual balance in other ways, such as using the same color in rugs and curtains.

If you’d like to start customizing wood furniture for your space, get in touch with us. We’ll be happy to help you select the right wood species and finish to coordinate with the floors in your space.

5 Reasons Why Customized Solid-Wood Furniture Is The Best Choice For Your Next Design Project

If you’re an interior designer, you want to find the best-fit furnishings for each project. But that’s not always easy if you have to choose from what’s available pre-made. You might find something that’s the right style, but it’s the wrong color. Or you’ll find a table made from the perfect wood but it’s not the right size for your space.

Customized solid-wood furniture solves those problems (along with a few others) for you. And when you work with a reliable furniture maker, you’ll be getting high-quality pieces that will make your clients as happy as you’ll be. So here are the top five reasons why customized solid-wood furniture is a fantastic choice for your next project.


1) You Choose The Materials

When you have furniture custom made for your project, you get to control what materials are used. That makes it easy to get the exact wood type you want for your design. And if you want to blend wood with some other material, the way we do when we add steel to our industrial and modern collections, customization gives you the chance to do that.

2) The Style Matches Your Needs

While you do have a wide selection of different styles to choose from in pre-made furniture, it’s just not the same as ordering a custom piece. Custom solid-wood pieces give you the opportunity to create a truly unique aesthetic for your client. Or if your client already has certain pieces that they want to match, you can work with the furniture designer to come up with a piece that’s just the right fit. Plus, if you need furniture that’s not a standard size or shape you can get it custom-made for the room.

3) Solid Wood Lasts A Long Time

When you’re working for a client, you want to turn-in a finished design project that they’ll still be happy with years from now. Solid wood furniture never really goes out of style, so it’s a great choice. Plus, well-made furniture can last for many years. Just think of how many old farmhouse tables from a hundred years ago have become family heirlooms. That’s the kind of quality you get from Rustic+Modern.

4) You Can Make It More Comfortable

Ergonomics are a hot trend in interior design right now. People want furniture that’s comfortable. For tables and desks, the ability to customize height can be invaluable when you’re designing for a specific person. For example, maybe your client works in their office all day and needs a desk that’s a little taller or shorter than normal so their feet rest comfortably on the ground.

5) Solid Wood Is Environmentally Friendly

The type of timber we use for making Rustic+Modern furniture can be harvested and re-planted sustainably. Plus, we also offer the option to use reclaimed wood in your custom furniture. This lets us give new life to previously-used wood, keep it out of landfills and burn piles, and cut back on the demand for new trees being harvested.

Solid wood furniture will be an asset to your next design project. But you don’t just have to take our word for it. Come see for yourself. You can browse our online showroom to see examples of our work or schedule a time to visit our design center. We’ll be happy to answer all your questions and get started designing exactly the type of furniture you need.

Authentic Reclaimed Wood and Live-Edge Tables For Interior Design

When you’re searching for furniture to use in upcoming design projects, you only want the best for your clients. It can’t just look good. It also has to be the best quality at a competitive price with stand-out features that match your interior design style.

Reclaimed wood and live-edge tables and desks are a hot trend in solid wood furniture right now. And that means there are more and more options on the market for purchasing live-edge designs and reclaimed wood furniture. But not all solid wood furniture is created equal and you’ll want to make sure you’re getting the best quality for your clients.

Form and Function

Solid wood isn’t just pretty. It’s a durable option for furniture in the private and corporate setting. With a little care, solid wood furniture can last for so many years. A family table becomes a beloved heirloom. Or an impressive office desk may become a fixture in the CEO’s office for the life of the company.

When your clients want long-lasting furniture that’s clearly well-made, solid wood is the way to go. Few furniture styles speak to elegance and quality better than a solid wood desk or conference table. And here at Rustic+Modern, we’re committed to making sure you and your clients receive the best piece of furniture you can possibly get.

Innovative Design

At Rustic+Modern, we offer live-edge and reclaimed wood furniture done right. We don’t take shortcuts or skip over important details. Whether natural or hand-carved, our live-edge designs are just as sturdy as our more traditional furniture options. And they’re available with the same innovative blend of rustic wood and modern metal as our other furniture.

Wood is a renewable resource, which makes even our new wood pieces a green product. Using reclaimed wood takes this a step further by making something old new again. And we’re very careful about the reclaimed wood we use. You won’t find damaged or poorly handled reclaimed wood in our furniture. Only good, sturdy, properly treated woods.

Custom Aesthetics

Customization is one of the biggest advantages you get with Rustic+Modern. We’re not just mass-producing standard tables and desks. We customize every furniture piece to fit your style and your client’s needs. Even our standard styles are available with custom choices for wood type (including reclaimed wood), different finishes, and options like hand-carved live-edge.

We also customize to your specifications for width, length, height, and table thickness. And if you have something other than a standard table or desk in mind, get in touch with us. We’re happy to work with architects and interior designers to customize a design to fit your specific project.

3 Irrefutable Rules for Mixing and Matching Wood Furniture

Gone are the days when interior design demanded all the wood furniture in a room matched perfectly. Matching furniture sets still work well for formal interiors, but it’s definitely not a requirement. Perhaps you’re trying to update your home without replacing all the furniture, or you inherited a dining set that doesn’t match the color of your wood floor, or maybe you just like the relaxed feel of an eclectically decorated room. Whatever the case, there’s no need to avoid using different woods if you keep a few guidelines in mind.


Pair Similar Undertones

The first thing to look for when trying to match wood is the undertone. You can pair dark and light woods without trouble, but they’ll look best if you match the undertone. Some woods have a warm undertone, some look cool and gray, others are pale blond. Try to keep the different woods in your home in a similar color family.

If you have a pale gray weathered wood floor, you might consider getting a dining table made of pine, alder, or maple that is stained ebony. The dark finish will form a nice contrast with the paler gray floor without clashing. For rooms where you already have warm tones, try woods finished with a walnut stain or choose red oak. If you’re looking for a pale color, go with unstained alder, maple, or hickory. Check out all Rustic + Moderns custom wood options by clicking here.

Balance Different Woods

If you’re using two different wood tones in the room, try to make one more prominent than the other. Designer Sarah Langtry recommends keeping about 80% of the wood in the room one color and then using an accent for the other 20%. For example, if you have wood floors use the same wood type and/or finish on a few other major furniture pieces and then use a lighter or darker accent in two or three places throughout the room.

You can use more than two types of wood in the room, but try not to overdo it – three different wood tones is just about all a single room can handle without looking too busy and mismatched. Paying attention to the undertones will help you avoid this problem – even if the woods don’t match exactly, they’ll still look good together if the undertones are the same.

Pay Attention To Texture

Decorating with different types of wood furniture doesn’t just mean choosing different stains or woods. It can also refer to the texture of the wood. Wood can be smooth or rough, weathered or polished, knotty or clear. Mixing the different types of wood used in your decorating can make for an interesting contrast.

If you have smooth wood floors, you might shake things up by ordering one of our pine or alder tables with hand-scraped distress. Or you might choose a modern desk with a smooth table top to pair with knotty pine floors. If, on the other hand, you want to minimize the differences between your different wood types and finishes, choose woods with similar grain and texture to create a sense of unity in the design.

When it comes to wood there are many stunning options to choose from.  As long as you stick to these 3 rules, you’ll be well on your way to a beautiful stylish space.  If you’re having trouble deciding, schedule an appointment to visit our design center.  We’ll help you design a custom piece of quality furniture that will last.

Barn Doors: Regional or Wide-Spread?

Barn doors might sound like something that would be a regional decorating trend. We tend to think of them in the context of rustic and farmhouse decorating, but it would be a mistake to assume barn doors only fit into a specific region or type of interior design.

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Design trends aren’t as regional as we tend to assume. While some design elements show up more frequently in a specific location, interior decorating tends to depend more on home architecture and the owners individual tastes, rather than on the region where the home is built.

Merging Design Styles

Home design has historically been influenced by location. East Coast styles tend to be more traditional and formal. As you move west through the United States, Midwest homes tend toward comfortable and “homey” styles. In the Southwest and on the West Coast there’s more of a Spanish style influence.

Today, however, designs for new homes are becoming homogenized. There are many reasons for this – people moving across the country bring design trends they’re familiar with, the Internet lets new home builders source from cross-country designs, and architects travel more. While homes in the same region still share commonalities, they’re more likely to draw on a wider variety of design influences.

Barn Doors By Region

Barn doors are now found in a wide variety of home designs in areas across the country. According to a Zillow report analyzing thousands of listings across the United States, the phrase “barn door” might help homes on the market sell faster and fetch a higher price point.

The most common location where Zillow found a connection between “barn door” and increased sales was in Phoenix, Arizona. That’s not exactly a location known for rustic farmhouse design, indicating that barn doors are wide-spread across different decorating trends and regions.

Popular Decorating Trends

Rather than looking at regional aspects for a reason why barn doors are so popular, we need to look at current design trends. Traditional farmhouse and industrial modern styles are both hot designs right now, and barn doors pair well with both.

Industrial modern design is most often associated with city living. The merging of wood, metal, and brickwork for industrial designs means rustic barn doors hung on exposed metal hardware fit right in.

Farmhouse design is comfortable, rustic-chic, and stylish – the perfect setting for traditional wood barn doors. You’ll also find barn doors used other cozy styles, like coastal and cottage designs, and they’ll often be painted to match the other decorations.

Metal and Wood – Hallmarks of Industrial Design

Industrial Modern design is taking hold in loft apartments, commercial spaces, reclaimed industrial buildings converted into homes, and even modern residential design. The style emphasizes raw edges and an unfinished look, yet still achieves a cohesive feel more chic than shabby.

Key to modern industrial design is the pairing of wood and metal. Metal is cool, hard, and industrial, while wood is warm, organic, and traditional. Combined, they perfectly embody industrial style’s merging of a warehouse look with earthy and/or polished materials for a truly modern design.


From Floor to Ceiling

Industrial modern style starts with the bare bones of your space. Often, rooms in this style will have wood beams and metal pipe work visible on the ceilings, exposed brick on the walls, and industrial floor tiles. It’s often a stripped-down, minimalistic style.

One type of industrial design known as rustic industrial incorporates more wood. This is the kind of interior design where you’re likely to see rustic wood cabinets in the kitchen paired with modern metal counters and appliances. The trend can carry over into other rooms as well – wood desks with metal legs in the study, barn doors hung on industrial metal tracks in place of swing-doors, and wood floors paired with metal bedsteads in the bedroom.

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In our Industrial Collection, Rustic + Modern merges metal pipes with solid wood furniture. These furniture pieces look right at home in industrial modern design. Whether you need a dining table or a study desk, they’re the perfect choice for function and aesthetics. Like all our furniture, the Industrial Collection is built to last with quality materials and careful attention to detail.


The Industrial Pipe Tables and Desks in our collection feature solid-wood tops and unique metal pipe bases. If you like the look of more wood, our Industrial Farmhouse Tables connect wood tables tops with wood legs using metal pipe components. When customizing these tables and desks, you choose the wood type, style of metal pipe base, and the finish for both wood and metal components.

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Industrial modern design is often minimalistic. When you’re limiting the number of decorations in a room, it pays to invest in unique items that truly enhance the design aesthetic. Live-edge tables are an eye-catching, yet functional, furniture piece that incorporates the raw, organic look we’re often going for in industrial design.

Rustic + Modern offers live-edge tables as part of our Modern Collection. These wood and steel tables feature a solid-wood table top and stylish metal legs. In this collection, you can get hand carved live-edge tables or more traditional rectangular table tops in several types of wood. The metal bases also come in several styles, including A-frame, rectangular, and X-frame. The wide range of customization options ensures you’ll get what you need to fit the exact look you’re going for in your own spin on industrial modern design.

Solid Wood Furniture’s Place in Modern Design

Solid wood furniture is one of the most enduring design trends, and that’s especially true in modern interior design. Wood furniture perfectly embodies modern design ideals of sustainable natural elements, quality craftsmanship, and unique decorating pieces to create an elegantly simple space. Whether you’re going for a classic look, a rustic chic feel, industrial modern, or anything in between, there’s a wood furniture piece that can work in your home.

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Natural Beauty

Incorporating natural and organic elements into your interior design provides a type of beauty that just isn’t possible with synthetic materials. There really isn’t a substitute for the weighty, cool presence of natural stone, the feel of real leather, or the natural grain of solid wood. Psychologically, natural elements often lend a calming, peaceful effect to a room.

Solid wood furniture is also an environmentally friendly choice for incorporating natural elements into the design. The type of timber we use for furniture can be harvested and re-planted sustainably. Furniture made from solid wood also lasts for a long time. If it ever does get thrown out many years in the future, it won’t contribute to the landfill problem since wood is biodegradable.

Quality Craftsmanship

Getting away from disposable, trend-of-the-moment design often means investing in high-quality decorating pieces such as solid wood furniture. Handcrafted furniture made by accomplished craftsmen will last for years and is a true work of art.

Here at Rustic + Modern, we’ve spent countless hours honing our woodworking skills so we can build the best quality furniture possible. Every piece we produce is designed to become an heirloom. We don’t take short-cuts and you won’t find mediocre craftsmanship in our designs. If you’d like to inspect the quality in-person, contact us and request an appointment to visit our design center in Prosper, Texas.

Completely Custom

Custom-made furniture pieces can fit perfectly into an interior design and represent something about the decorator’s tastes and style. Tailoring a few pieces like a dining table or office desk to your exact specifications ensures you’re completely happy with the furniture in your space. This is especially important in modern minimalist design, where there aren’t a lot of decorations to distract from the main pieces in the room.

Rustic + Modern offers a variety of customization options. On the more “rustic” side, we have three main styles of farmhouse tables. On the more “modern” side, we pair solid wood table tops with metal elements like table legs and/or re-purposed metal pipe components. You also choose the type of wood, what kind of finish we use, and the size of the finished piece.