Millennials and Modern Rustic Design

Modern Rustic Design by Millennial Magazine

Desire for personalization is what drives a Millennials’ interest in modern rustic design. We seek creative ways to spark new trends that embody sleek minimalistic charm perfect for rural and urban environments.

A survey from Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate reveals that 18-35 year old Americans are reinterpreting traditional norms to fit their values. Sherry Chris, president and CEO of Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate LLC. says, “It’s critical that real estate professionals understand what embodies a quintessential home for the Millennial generation, which vastly differs from the traditional norms of generations before them.”


Modern Rustic Design by Millennial Magazine

Modern Rustic design is a style that incorporates modern and contemporary features in a log cabin or farmhouse style home, or rustic style features in a modern home.

According to Decoist, the key to a modern rustic space is an open floor plan, modern furniture, and preserved and exposed natural architectural elements. The color scheme is very simple with large windows bringing in the outdoors, creating an informal elegance that provides comfortable and modern living at its best!

Modern rustic style allows us to stay in touch with the past without becoming overly sentimental, according to Blogger Helle Tjaberg from Boen. And it’s constantly evolving, but the objects involved add lasting value and authenticity.

Dennis Hartman, from Demand Media, says rustic decorations are similar to country-style decor. Both feature a simple, primitive appearance and rely heavily on natural materials. However, rustic decor is more rough and unfinished in appearance, giving decorations the feel of having been pulled directly from nature with little modification or finishing. However, Hartman distinguishes the difference between rustic design and décor stating, “rustic decorations are defined more by their themes than by any single visual characteristic.”

With many decorating tips and tricks available on Pinterest and DIY sites, Millennials are flocking to this interior design trend of adding modern rustic design to their homes and offices. Contemporary elements combined with the warmth and charm of raw architecture creates a cozy and simplistic feel perfect for innovative and unique individuals.


Modern Rustic Design by Millennial Magazine

Common materials are used to create a modern rustic room that easily reflects historic styles and contemporary themes.

Raw Wood and Stone

Raw wood and stone are important features of a modern rustic home. The influences of these materials help bring nature inside. Skylights and large glass doors or windows can give that connection between a rustic interior and the nature outside.

Fireplaces can be decorated with rough wood or stone for that modern rustic feel while functioning as a focal point for the home.

Regardless if you build new, expose your beams, use reclaimed wood, or include a stone fireplace. Decoist says, “if you have an old home, it is important to preserve the character and original architectural detail.”


Often found in modern rustic homes, cowhides are popular for their practicality and natural look. They’re extremely durable, hard to stain, and still have value in traditional home furnishings. Rugs made with this material can add warmth to an eclectic design without over exaggerating the room while adding a bold addition to any decor.

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Expansive windows

Big open windows give off the feeling of being close to the outdoors which definitely favors the rustic style. Having natural light in the home is common for a modern space and creates a stylish and spacious feel. Enhancing this feature can reduce electric bills while creating a bright, elegant, and inviting interior.


The whole point of modern rustic design is to get all the charm and warmth of a rustic dwelling and the conveniences and style of a modern home. This style is loved by many because of the versatility and natural highlights of furniture pieces used for decoration. It doesn’t matter if you live in a huge country home, or an urban loft, simplicity is the key to combining these two elements until you make your space perfect for you.

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Written by Brittney Adekola

Brittney graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee with a B.A. in Journalism. She is interested in fashion magazine writing and entertainment news, and is looking forward to what the future holds!

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