If you're into a less finished, less fussy overall aesthetic—whether in your kitchen, bathroom, or living room—there are a few ways to get there. Exposed beams in raw wood is a good start, as are original bricks, floors or framing. Antique furniture with plenty of patina and natural materials like stone and clay will also help you along the way. The 40 rustic decorating ideas ahead show you just how elegant this unfettered look can be.
In the living room of this Uruguayan retreat, the custom daybed is from Lucila Del Campo, a shop in the nearby resort town of La Barra. The curtains are of a natural linen, and the walls and floor are hand-poured concrete.
In a Montana mountain lodge, steel-framed windows lend a modern edge to the wood-paneled living room, which overlooks the Rocky Mountains. The custom sofas are in a fabric, the custom settee is covered in a fabric, and the custom swivel chairs and 1930s English wing chair are in fabrics from .
A mica pendant by Huniford Collection hangs above a Regency table and an 18th-century chair in the entry of this Woodstock, NY home; the 19th-century dressing table and 18th-century chair are American, the bronze statue is of Nicholas's grandmother Frances Ottley Wood, and the doors and flooring are reclaimed wood.
In that same Montana mountain lodge, the powder room’s sink fittings, mirror, and wall light are by , the custom sink is of stone, and the walls are clad in reclaimed whitewashed wood.
An 18th-century sofa covered in a Fabricut fabric faces a wardrobe custom made from reclaimed wood and a Queen Anne corner chair in the bedroom of this Woodstock, NY home; the rug is vintage, the walls are painted in a custom C2 Paint color, and the ceiling and floors are of reclaimed wood.
A 1970s Murano chandelier from Stéphane Olivier hangs above a marble-topped table by Bleu Nature in the dining room of the Rothschild's French ski chalet.
From this angle, the kitchen in this restored English rectory reveals its cottage influence, with exposed wood and a beech paddle board from Garden Trading resting on the counter.
The dining room inside a historic Manhattan home boasts a pine trestle table from Belgium, a settee and bench from Finch, and a deconstructed English Regency wing chair from Lee Stanton Antiques. The walls are painted in Benjamin Moore's White Dove and the mantel in Onyx.
In Rothschild's French ski chalet, a hallway sheathed in reclaimed wood leads to a guest bedroom.
A cozy Montana guesthouse designed by Ken Fulk beautifully reflects its natural surroundings. The dining area, the table, stool, ceiling light, and chairs (each of which is stenciled with the name of a famous partyer) are by Christian Liaigre and the flooring is reclaimed oak.
The living room in the Rothschild's French ski chalet was designed by architect Alain Mazza and decorated by Nathalie Oddo and Anne Gernez. The sofa is by Caravane, the cocktail tables are by Sempre, and the armchairs are from a Paris flea market.
In the guest barn of Amanda Seyfried's Catskills country home, the kitchen island is framed in concrete, with a base painted in . The pendant lights are a custom design, and sliding doors repurposed from the original horse stalls lead to the guest rooms.
The master bath’s Agape tub in the Rothschild's French ski chalet is by Patricia Urquiola, and the black-and-white tile on the wall and floor is Moroccan.
This New York City penthouse is full to the brim with antiques, including this Swedish sofa and Baroque chair, upholstered in fabrics. The armchair is 18th-century French and a vintage Persian Soumak rug from Istanbul’s Grand Bazaar rests on a sea-grass rug from ABC Carpet & Home. Among the items on the wall are an antique water-buffalo skull, 19th-century French gouaches and a drawing by Jean Cocteau.
The antique Persian rug in this Paris apartment contributes to its well-traveled feel. The bedroom features animal drawings by Paul Jouve, Georges Lucien Guyot, and André Margat, the bed is a custom and the 19th-century chandelier is by Baguès. The walls are painted in Farrow & Ball's Wevet.
In the master bedroom of the Rothschild's French ski chalet, a sliding screen separates the bed from the adjoining bath. An Airborne chair pulls up to a built-in desk in reclaimed wood.
Antiques from a variety of time periods and locations adorn a Greenwich Village penthouse. The bed is upholstered in a stripe and dressed in antique French linens, the side table is 18th-century English, the lantern is 19th-century Indian, the mirror is 18th-century Italian and the landscape paintings are English, French and American. The walls are painted in
The beautiful marriage of reclaimed wood floors and antique furniture makes this French kitchen a quaint space that is big on style. The buffet is by Astuguevieille, and the antique chair is Basque.
Pops of plaid in warm tones can give any space an instantly laid-back country feel. In the library of this L.A. home, the family’s dachshund rests on one of a pair of armchairs from Obsolete covered in Ralph Lauren Home plaids. The oak table is from Lucca & Co., the early-20th-century leather armchair is English, the bookshelves and ladder are from Style de Vie, and the ceiling is clad in metal siding from Texas barns.
A fire place is the perfect country-inspired accessory, if not for the nostalgic smell, then definitely for the ambiance. In this sleek New York home, the dining table by Jerôme Abel Seguin is from Ralph Pucci, the vintage chairs are by Jean Prouvé, the photograph over the mantel is by Catherine Opie, the sculpture is by Elliott Hundley, and the vases on the mantel are by Rick Owens.
Give empty walls a storied look, like this newly-painted antique breakfront in the entry of a home in Bedford, New York. It is topped with Spanish terra-cotta pots from the 1930s and filled with colorful dishware to complete the look.
In a beach house in Portugal, the master bathroom takes on a rustic feel with plenty of reclaimed wood and greenery. The sink was made locally, the fittings are by Grohe, the mirror is by Ikea, and the floor is poured concrete.
Antique chairs from Mudpie surround a vintage French dining table of this Northen California dining room. The table lamps are from John Derian, the chandelier is from Big Daddy's Antiques, and the walls are painted in Emery & Cie's Vermoulu 6.
Amanda Seyfried's Catskills retreat is filled with handcrafted furnishings and animal companions, like her dog, Finn. In the master bedroom, the bed is by , the bench is from , and the rug is from ; the pendant light is by , and the beadboard walls are painted in .
Designed by , a house and stable in South Carolina is a haven for passionate equestrians Fernanda Kellogg and Kirk Henckels. The entry's table and Viennese mahogany carousel horse are antique; the walls have a custom wash, and the ceiling is painted in .
At a family's horse farm in Philadelphia, designer crafts a rustic space with both comfort and sophistication. In the living room, the daybed by is covered in a fabric, the rocking chair is by Thomas Pedersen, the side table is from , the circa-1950 candelabra is Danish, and the rug is .
Former model Anne Bannert took on the challenge of updating a ramshackle house in the Connecticut countryside, transforming it into this cozy escape.
The kitchen holds a pair of 1930s chairs, a hand-planed pine table made in Connecticut, and a pine hutch rescued from a nearby barn; the floor tiles and shades are from , and the original pine paneling is painted in .
With help from designer , an artist and ceramist converted a pair of barns in Long Island into the perfect family home. In the kitchen, the zinc-topped kitchen table is from , the stools are by Arthur Umanoff, the range hood is by , and the walls are painted in .
For one stylish couple, designer crafted a sleek house and stable that cast new light on traditional country pleasures. The custom concrete sofas on a screened porch are topped with pillows, the 1990 chair is Swedish, the 1953 Bigfoot cocktail table is by , and the wall is clad in reclaimed farmhouse boards.
This Uruguay home of an artist and art dealer defies rustic norms. The kitchen’s pendant light is leather, the ceiling beam is an old railroad track found in a nearby field and the flooring is tinted cement tile.