A desire for a more simple yet still chic life is pretty common. As people leave the cities for a more country life, their rustic homes blend sophistication of design with the inviting atmosphere of living close to nature. Let's examine what makes the rustic home beautiful and comfortable.
Rustic Homes (Exteriors)
Check out these spectacular homes showcasing the Rustic style architecture.
1. Old River Farm Residence – A Stunning Custom Mountain Retreat Home Design
This is a view from the asphalt walkway and driveway leading to this stunning Rustic-style home through a small charming bridge. The mountain view at the background suits the aesthetic of this home well with its stone chimneys and gray roofing that complements the wooden support beams and walls.
This a view of the wide lakeside landscape of this home that oozes with charm. The green well-maintained lawn complements the wooden walls that are dominated by large windows to fully enjoy the brilliant scene of the beautiful landscape.
2. Sumptuous Northern Wisconsin “Cabin” by John Kraemer and Sons
This front view of the house showcases its large A-frame roof directly above the front porch that is supported by columns with a beige stone base matching with the walls. These are augmented by the gray roofing materials and the large glass windows.
This side showcases The abundance of glass windows and walls that dominate this Rustic-style home. This allows the home to boast of its warm yellow interior lights that casts a welcoming aura that elevates the wooden walls and gray roofing.
3. Log and Stone Colorado Ski Chalet with Great Room
This is a mountain-side Rustic-style home with a concrete driveway leading down to its property. This driveway is lined with yellow lamps that light the way and matches with the brilliant lights of the home exterior. This same light also cascades from the abundant glass windows.
This view of the home shows you that it is mostly supported by sturdy stone columns and walls. This allows for an abundance of glass walls and windows that give glimpses of the elegant interiors that are bathed in rich yellow lights.
4. Rustic and Refined Environmentally-Friendly Net Zero Home by 2e Architects
This reimagined Rustic-style home looks like it is made of three distinct structures attached to each other. The rightmost section is a bungalow with a dark butterfly roof with light gray exterior walls. The second is a narrow three-story house with an irregular roof and the same light gray exterior walls that differs from the stone walls of the third.
This closer view of the rightmost section of the home shows how it follows the lay of the land. The amazing roof is supported by dark metal beams that are outside of the walls allowing a nice small area at the bottom. This also showcases the tall glass windows that allow those inside to enjoy the beautiful view of lush greenery outside.
5. Minimalist Guest-Oriented Barn Conversion by SHED Architecture
This view features the L-shape of the home that has redwood exterior walls. This is contrasted by the bright materials of the gambrel roof topped with the small chimneys and a small viewing deck at the top for those who want to enjoy the surrounding beauty of the woods.
This closer inspection highlights the gambrel roof that is paired with a large glass wall that allows you to view the warmly lit interiors. This glass wall looks down upon a charming outdoor dining area surrounded by medium trees and tall shrubs.
6. Modern Rustic Mountain Resort By ACM Design Architects
This is a backyard view of this charming rustic-style house that features the landscaping that maximizes the mountain-side terrain. There are stone walkways, ledges, stairs and terraces that are surrounded by various shrubs and trees that can be enjoyed by those relaxing on the open areas and balconies of the home.
This is a grand entryway for this Rustic-style home. This entryway has a large A-frame roof that is supported by dark wooden beams and a couple of stone columns that flank the entryway leading to the arched double doors that have tinted glass panels on it.
7. Modern Natural Madison Park House by First Lamp
This home looks like a nice fusion between the Rustic-style and the modern elements that gives this gorgeous home a unique demeanor. It has flat roofs and wooden exterior walls that are augmented by the warm yellow lights and the lovely landscaping.
This front view emphasizes more on the sections of the house that comes in different blocks attached to each other. The ground level block has wide glass walls on one side and a two-bay garage door on the far right. Above this is the smaller block with a balcony attached to it.
8. Cross Laminate-Timber Cottage project by Kariouk Associates
The beautiful lakeside landscape of this Rustic-style home has well-maintained grass lawns and tall pine trees that give serene isolation to the house with gray exterior walls. These walls are augmented by the warm yellow lights shining from the large glass wall.
This view showcases the beauty in the simplicity of the home. It has a simple and minimalist block design to its structure accented by its gray exteriors and especially by the Large glass wall and window that gives a warm and bright contrast.
9. Naturally Elegant Little Ship Home by Barrett Studio Architects
This simple Rustic-style home has green walls with a charming finish that is complemented by the gray gable roof that supports solar panels that reflect the brilliant blue sky that serves as a nice background for the for a home that is surrounded by tall trees.
This side view of this home shows you just how large the structure is and more amazing detail is that the whole thing is supported by support columns that allow the home to follow the lay of the mountainside terrain. It also supports a large balcony and walkway that spans the length of the home.
10. Sustainable Carpathian Lodge by Tecto Architectura
This is a charming walkway and driveway through soil and grass towards this home that is dominated by its wooden log walls that extends to its sides in an irregular way that gives it a unique facade. The second floor has tall sliding glass doors that lead to a wooden balcony.
This view shows just how large the house is and how the surrounding green landscape complements the modern log cabin vibe this home is showcasing. The large stone structures that tower over the wooden flat roofs stand out against the wooden elements.
11. Budget-Friendly Home at Water-shed Revival
The green lawns of this home is surrounded by low wooden fences that is more for aesthetics than safety. This opens to a walkway that leads to the Rustic-style home that has a skillion and lean-to roof made of gray materials that matches with the gray exterior walls.
This backyard view shows that the house has an L-shape to it and several small metal chimneys on its gray roof. The wooden hue of the exteriors wall on this side is complemented by the well-manicured grass as well as the outdoor sitting areas and dining area.
12. Sustainability Meets Style in this Ward+Blake Home
The amazing twilight sky is a perfect background for the Rustic-style home that has a large stone chimney on the side that reaches higher than the shed box roof that protrudes further from the walls to create a front porch that is supported by several columns.
The far shot of the home from the grass fields next to it allows the whole view of the home that is dominated by tall tinted glass windows that stand out against the earthy walls accented with a brilliant blue sky.
13. House in the Lanes by MB Architecture (Hamptons Home)
The brilliant sky is a nice bright background for the tall home that has a gable roof paired with gray wooden exterior walls. These are then dominated by the bright glass windows and sliding glass doors that give you glimpses of the house interior.
This view shows that the two houses have a Farmhouse-style vibe to the gable roof and light gray exteriors that make it look more like a barn. The simplicity of these charming houses is complemented by the lush landscape filled with tall trees and grass.
14. Hillside Sanctuary by Hoedemaker Pfeiffer
This Rustic-style home has a shed box roof paired with tall glass windows and an amazing balcony that is supported by stone walls and large stone columns and has a simple railing on the side to maximize the overlooking mountainside view.
This is an exterior view of the brilliant dining room of the house that is surrounded by glass walls that shine with the warm yellow lights of the interior. This allows for some ample lighting on the outdoor dining area underneath that has a simple wooden table and a couple of benches.
15. Rustic Napa Rural House by Wade Design Architects
This is a charming view of the landscaping that accents the simple wooden Rustic-style home that has a wide porch under the cover of the roof that is supported by large wooden beams. This area has an outdoor fireplace in the middle with a stone chimney.
16. Gray Rustic House with Red Trim
This Rustic-style home has a serene and peaceful isolation to it that is surrounded by tall trees and well-manicured grass. The green elements make the gray exterior of the home stand out. This is adorned with the rust-colored frames of the main door and the several windows with tinted glass.
This side of the home showcases the tall column of stone that reaches over the gable roof to a chimney at the top. The L-shape of the house around back makes room for an outdoor platform area through glass doors that has an outdoor dining area and sitting area.
17. Rustic Mountain Craftsman with Vaulted Upstairs
The walkways and driveway to this home is made of dark asphalt and flanked by soil with a few small pine trees. The exterior walls of the home is mostly made of redwood planks and textured stone walls that match the gray gable roofs.
The A-frame gray roofs of this side of the house is complemented by the redwood plank walls. These walls are filled with tall glass walls and glass windows that reflect the bright skies on its tinted glass. The charming aura of this home is augmented by the tall pine trees surrounding it.
18. The Ajioka House, Famed 2-story Post & Beam Primarypiece
The blue backyard pool of this Rustic-style home is surrounded by comfortable lawn chairs and benches for relaxation. The warmth and yellow lights of the interiors of the house are being featured by the wide glass doors that open up to the pool area.
This home has a gray concrete driveway that leads to its dark brown garage door that is large enough for two vehicles. Above it is a balcony with metal railings and gray trellises that are adorned with the tall trees surrounding the home.
19. 2-Bed Rustic Retreat
This is the front view of the Rustic-style home that features two dormer windows made of redwood planks that make it stand out against the gray roofing. Below this is the front porch with the main door in the middle flanked by wall-mounted lamps.
This is the back entry of the house with a lovely stone walkway leading away from the wooden steps. This view showcases more of the tall A-frame roof that has exposed log beams matching those that act as columns on the ground floor porch.
20. Luxurious Mountain Ranch with Lower Level Expansion
The exterior facade of this Rustic-style home exudes a sense of relaxation and comfort. It has a combination of wooden walls and stone walls that match with the stone columns supporting wooden beams of the large entry way with a gray A-frame roof.
This farther shot of the home allows for a more approximation of the immense property. There is a wide concrete driveway and walkway leading to the home that cuts through a large expanse of well-manicured lawns. This lawn, together with the shrubs and medium trees, provide a nice landscape that accents the home rather than compete for attention.
21. Messner by network of architecture
This is an exterior front view of the house with rustic wooden exterior walls adorned by the slats and panels that form geometric patterns that give the facade of the house a unique look.
22. Rustic Elements and Luxury Details in a Texas Lakeside Ranch, Designed by Mark Ashby Design
This is an exterior view of the back of the house with multiple glass doors and windows facing a large grass lawn. It has rustic elements and luxury details like the pool area beside the grass lawn.
23. Diaspora by L’EAU DESIGN
This is a full view of the house’s exterior at the back with a large grass lawn, walkways by the Zen garden and large glass walls and doors that glow warmly from the interior lights. These are complemented by the exterior walls of the house that has the same materials on it as the roof.
24. Quintal Country Houses by Marques Franco Arquitectos
This is a view of the house exterior that has textured stone mosaic exterior walls paired with red clay roof tiles and a large tree on the grass lawn.
25. Barn Living by Bureau Fraai
This is a close look at the front of the house with concrete steps and a concrete walkway leading to the glass wall and glass doors of the house.
The following are photo examples of Rustic style interiors (room-by-room). Below each photo are links that take you to extensive Rustic style photo galleries for each room.
This comfortable living room has a wooden cathedral ceiling with exposed wooden beams. The majestic two-tier chandelier hangs over the wooden coffee table and brown leather couch that faces a stone wall adorned with a large fireplace and a large stuffed deer head.
The hardwood flooring of this Rustic-style kitchen matches with the wooden kitchen islands and peninsula as well as the wooden ceiling that has recessed lights and a large vent hood over the cooking area. One of the kitchen islands has an informal dining area on it with wooden stools.
The warm yellow lights that bathe the whole Rustic-style dining room comes from the wrought iron row pendant light hanging over the wooden dining table paired with cushioned chairs. These are all complemented by the lovely lakeside view featured by the wide glass windows.
This is a charming Rustic-style bedroom with a light gray bed that has white sheets standing out against the gray carpeted flooring and the wooden walls. By the bed is a lovely sitting area with a built-in wooden bench by the window.
This is a Rustic-style primary bathroom with a log cabin feel to its wooden walls and wooden ceiling that has exposed wooden beams. This makes the glass-enclosed shower area stand out with its white tiles covering the walls and ceiling. Next to it is the bathtub embedded with wood that blends with the flooring across from the white wooden vanity.
This charming foyer has set of double doors with a wooden finish and framing to its glass panels that bring in an abundance of natural lights to the hardwood flooring, wooden ceiling with exposed beams and the red brick wall across from the entrance.
This aerial shot of the home allows for a better view of the surrounding lush greenery of the landscape that suits the lakeside terrain. The charming home is surrounded by well-maintained grass and tall trees. There is also on a tall tree in the middle of the circular driveway in front of the house.
What is Rustic Home Decor?
From the Welsh countryside to the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, the rustic style is all about homey, cozy feelings and a highly welcoming attitude. These homes are built and designed from wood and stone, like most houses, but they love to show it off. Common elements of these homes include:
- Stone and wood accents and cladding, both inside and outside the home.
- Large, comfortable porches for entertaining and relaxing.
- Oversized furniture, woven or jute rugs, and overstuffed pillows to create a relaxing atmosphere.
- Fireplaces as the central feature of the family room, especially when clad in stone.
- Natural decor, including bundles of branches, animal trophies, primitive decorations (wicker baskets, for instance), and indigenous art and artifacts.
- Sliding doors, and other barn-and-farm features.
- Real leather upholstery that only gets more comfortable and better looking with time.
The goal of the rustic home is to welcome everyone in and keep them warm and cozy. Natural colors, design elements, and materials resonate with farmers, hunters, hikers, and anyone who simply enjoys life off the beaten path.
The interior of the rustic home uses its very foundational materials as design elements. Stone and wood are featured prominently, and often in a very natural state.
- The fireplace: Usually the fireplace is the central hub of the home, both for gatherings and decorations. The stonework on a rustic fireplace is usually rough-hewn and natural. In a rustic home, the fireplace is also quite large because it’s both functional and decorative, and often the mantle is stacked with tasteful decorations.
- Exposed, large wooden support beams: These lines the walls and ceilings, and are rarely covered by drywall or plaster. While this is common in cabin-style homes out of natural design, in a rustic home, it’s a conscious choice to keep these large support beams exposed, as they are naturally beautiful.
- Stonework throughout: From the floors to the backsplash in the kitchen and bathroom, tile and stonework are extremely common elements to a rustic house. They’re elegant and simple, and beautiful without being flashy or gaudy. Slate is a common material and color for the interior of these homes, but most neutral browns and greys are traditional as well.
- Weathered and burnished wood and metal are the most common accents in the rustic home, along with the well-worn stone.
- Deep greens, browns, and greys are the most prolific color palette for the rustic home, to mimic nature and extend the love of the outdoors to anyone who visits. These colors are inviting, warm, and provide a sense of tranquility.
- Stone accent walls: Throughout the home, real stone accent walls are a gorgeous way to bring the outdoors in.
- High-mounted lighting with metal fixtures: The austerity of the stone and wood is often accented by industrial lighting strips and metal lamps, creating a contrasting clean and neat feeling amidst all the cozy creature comforts of the furniture in a rustic home.
- Open kitchens with islands: Though this type of kitchen layout is common in many homes, the rustic home will often connect directly with the dining room. This makes the process of cooking and serving a family affair, rather than sequestering the chef off away from everyone else. An island covered with a butcher block is a great place to prepare food and to serve it, especially during the holidays when people are moving throughout the house and stopping in the kitchen periodically.
The outside of the rustic home incorporates nature into its designs, along with wood and stone to create a sense that this house would be fit to stumble upon in a forest.
- Landscaping: Incorporating trees, shrubs, and perennial local plants along with stone and water elements, the rustic home often takes advantage of the surrounding land itself to bring the yard together.
- Exposed beams and large porches: These homes can be 1 or more stories high, but they usually include exposed wooden beams on the outside along with large, shaded porches. Imagine the most inviting wooden rocking chairs set back on a stone porch in the middle of summer while a breeze blows through; that’s the rustic home’s ideal porch.
- Exposed brick and wood foundational elements: Like the fireplace within, exposed, large pieces of stone are a classic element of rustic style. As time goes by and the elements wear these down, they become even more desirable.
- Large windows throughout: By incorporating large windows all over the home – including skylights – the occupants are treated to a 360-degree view of what is traditional quite a bit of natural splendor. Because these homes are most common in wooded areas or mountainous regions, these huge windows are a critical design element.
- Far-reaching and low-slung eaves: In addition to creating the ideal porch, the broad, low-slung eaves of the rustic home give it a quality of movement and dynamic existence. They also create spaces for adventurous, large windows, perfect for looking out over a natural landscape.
- Wraparound country porches: Not quite a veranda, these porches might cover two or three sides of the home, with two or more large spaces for sitting and relaxing and the rest of the porch being for transit between the spaces. These types of porches allow full exposure to nature when moving from one part of the home to another, and other viewpoints to sit and relax outside while the sun moves across the sky.
- Many rustic homes incorporate off-grid design elements like rain barrels or solar panels, but might not necessarily be completely off the grid. These elements simply accentuate their way of living but also provide a fallback plan should normal utilities fail for a bit.
The furniture of a rustic home is one of its most defining characteristics. The abundant use of burnished metal and soft, well-worn real leather is inviting and comfortable, only getting better with age.
The central piece of furniture for a rustic home is the oversized leather easy chair. Built with high-quality leather and nailhead fixtures, these chairs are huge and perfect for sinking into while sitting by a crackling fire. Often these come in pairs, or with a large leather loveseat, but two key elements are that they’re oversized and made of real leather. This gives these chairs, over time, their trademark appearance, looking worn and well-loved but not damaged or tattered. Real leather is also incredibly comfortable after some years of use.
Worn wood is also a highly common design element in rustic homes, whether it’s reclaimed and reworked, or purchased in a state of wear, these tables and nightstands add a touch of elegance and simplicity.
Dining rooms with low benches and farmhouse tables are also extremely popular for creating a cozy atmosphere for sharing a meal. The more weathered the wood, the better, and the smell of wood in a rustic home is beyond compare.
Simplistic headboards and beds are popular, as they can be easily tied into an existing decor scheme. Like the rest of the popular furniture for a rustic home, weathered wood bed frames are the most preferred, making your bedroom pop with homey simplicity while still retaining minimalist elegance.
Rustic homes utilize cinderblock or wooden frames, but they utilize a lot of rough-hewn stone for the exterior, particularly on the porch and where the foundation meets the frame. While the stones are somewhat uniform in size, their shapes vary wildly because they are, at most ideal, natural stones with very little work done to them.
Reclaimed wood, stone, and metal – particularly from old farming structures – are all hugely popular as well.
Four-pane windows are the standard, but with the wide variety of windows that are used in rustic homes, modern window elements are incorporated as well. Double-hung glass windows are simple to install and when trimmed with wood or stone, don’t clash with the feel of the rest of the house.
Rustic decor involves, like the rest of the home, wood, stone, and burnished metal. Cabin and farm antiques are highly chic; things like old coal miner’s lanterns, farming implements, and tasteful taxidermy. Soft lighting from non-fixed sources like table and floor lamps create a low-lit, comfy atmosphere as well.
Raw wood picture frames are desirable, as are reclaimed wood display cases for artifacts, like arrowheads, or other simple knick-knacks. You’ll often find country art, particularly paintings of country life or nature scenes. The colors in these paintings will contrast the natural browns, greys, and greens that are preferable in the rustic home, and offer a pop of brightness. Bouquets of dried flowers along with colorful feathers like from a peacock also help create enlivening sprays of color throughout the house.
Metal urns for dried flowers, as well as stone cooking and dining elements; cooking crocs, stone salt bowls, and durable stone or wooden bowls and plates adorn these kitchens and dining rooms.
The worn leather chairs and loveseat are the central features of a rustic living room, and a rough rug makes a great companion. Most rustic homes don’t use wall-to-wall carpeting, but a throw rug in each room adds a layer of warmth, particularly on colder winter days.
Styles that mix well with it
Other natural, relaxed styles pair well with the rustic home’s design and decor. The Florida house, with its ample use of wood and weathered decor, can mesh well with the rustic home. Someone living an outdoorsy kind of life near a Florida beach would do well to pair the two.
The farmhouse or beach house styles are also extremely great pairings for a rustic home. The elements of a farmhouse – wood and leather, warm and inviting, country living exemplified in the art – these are all right at home in a rustic setting. The beach house with its openness to nature, use of wood, and relaxed atmosphere can also blend well for a person whose heart is rustic.
A cabin home is very similar to a rustic home as both use ample amounts of exposed stone and wood for construction and decoration, but the rustic home does this more out of a design choice, where the cabin is like this by structural necessity.
History of the rustic style house
Rustic homes became increasingly popular as people with a penchant for outdoor living became weary of city life. They moved to the country, out past the suburbs, and created homes that had all the warmth and love of a country home while still staying chic in design.
Though people living in these types of homes in the country is a concept that’s existed for hundreds of years, the actual intention of blending stylized designs with a warm, cozy country home is something that popped up in the 1980s.
The differentiation between the rustic home from the farmhouse or cabin is the mindset of the people who choose to live there. For the most part, people with rustic homes grew up in the city and chose to live where they do and decorate it in this particular way. People who live in cabins or farmhouses are often born from the country and grew up in that life.
As more people opt to jump past the suburbs to the country when leaving cities, these homes are becoming increasingly popular.
Why does the rustic style look so great?
The rustic style is what most people think about when they conjure up views of mountainside chalets or modern homes overlooking a picturesque frozen lake in the middle of winter. This iconic mental image makes these homes stand out, but the actual coziness, warmth, and comfort they offer make them legendary. A rustic home feels better every time you set foot inside and sink into that burnished leather chair with the huge pillows.
It’s a crackling fire in a stone hearth, warming up a room filled with your favorite people. The decorations aren’t over-the-top and don’t lean too much towards country kitsch, but also don’t invoke the consumerist nature of city life. Rustic homes strike a balance between design elegance, functional comfort, and country living that can make anyone feel at home.