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Rustic Dining Room Decor Ideas 

Rustic dining rooms are great for creating a cozy, welcoming space for everyone to gather around the table and eat. Rustic design alone is a stunning style, but what's especially nice about rustic style is that it plays well with other design families. Whether you're into mid-century modern or farmhouse, there are so many ways to mold rustic decor & design into your personal style.

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Light and Dark, Round and Clean Cut

Rustic style thrives on natural elements and tones. If you have dark wood floors in your dining area, choose to go with lighter pieces to sit on it. Choosing a natural tan, textured rug is a good way to establish the dining area and set it apart from the dark wood floor. If you go with a rounded rug like this one, choose a table and chairs with clean cut lines so that they don't compete with the unique shape of the rug or overwhelm what's established as a small dining space.

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Classy Contemporary

It's true that dark colors make a space feel smaller, but in this rustic dining room, it's the dark walls that establish the tone of this dining area. If you love dramatic spaces, start with a dark wall color, and then incorporate lighter, neutral colors. The lighter accents will make the space feel bigger, and if you choose furniture that has a glossy or metallic finish like this table does, those surfaces also help reflect light and bring more definition to the space.

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Lofty Ideas

Have a loft area that you're not sure what to do with? Filling it with a long dining room table may be your best solution! If you have any metals nearby in the architecture (such as in the stairway & loft rails), harken back to that with your dining room set. There are numerous ways to do that, but in this case, you can see how to do it with these modern dining room chairs and their geometric legs. Not only do the legs serve as a nice connection to the rails, but the shape of them also creates a style for the space.

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The Focal Point

Don't be afraid to mix wood tones to create a rustic dining space! In this case, there are several different woods: the floors, the chair legs, the table, and even a small plant stand on the other side of the dining table. You can add in different woods in these same areas, but you can also include other wood elements, such as wood-framed artwork, window sills, table decor, etc. One thing to note when it comes to effectively combining wood tones is to have one that stands out as different than the others; in this case, the table is a class of its own, since it is a darker, richer wood than all of the other light tones. This helps create a clear focal point in the room.

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Rustic Modern Farmhouse

Speaking of statement walls, it can be tough to get them right. When creating an art collage in your dining area, make sure your art has a few things in common, like these ones do. For example, most of the artwork is in a white frame or has white matting to it. If it isn't in a white frame, it is in a light wood frame or has some natural tans to it. Speaking, all these portraits and the horns on the wall have a vintage feel to them, so aside from common framing, they all have similar content and coloring. Finally, when you work on your collage, dare to take it high up the wall! When your eye is drawn upwards to a higher ceiling, it makes your small dining space feel bigger.

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Mid-Century Rustic

Your dining room table and chairs aren't the only pieces of furniture that can help set the style of the space. Choosing a statement piece like a dinette or buffet table also helps set the tone. If you like the idea of a buffet/serving table and you enjoy mid-century style, choose a buffet that has those trademark vertical lines. To make the space cohesive, choose a matching set of the dining room table, chairs, a neutral area rug, and a buffet. Being uniform will make your mid-century rustic space have an air of traditional style to it with its uniformity and create a cohesive area.

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Cool Contrasting

To create a modern rustic dining space, choose furniture that has lighter wood tones as opposed to going too dark. Modern style thrives on light, neutral tones, and rustic is best shown in wood, so combining these two aspects is a natural way to blend the styles. That doesn't mean you can't incorporate darker aspects to the area, though! In fact, we recommend it. Choose a light wood table and chairs that have tans/neutral colors in them, but incorporate some drama with the outlines of the chairs being done in black or another dark color so that there's some contrast in the area.

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Traditional Mid-Century Rustic

Your dining room table and chairs aren't the only pieces of furniture that can help set the style of the space. Choosing a statement piece like a dinette or buffet table also helps set the tone. If you like the idea of a buffet/serving table and you enjoy mid-century style, choose a buffet that has those trademark vertical lines. To make the space cohesive, choose a matching set of the dining room table, chairs, and buffet. Being uniform will make your mid-century rustic space have an air of traditional style to it with its uniformity and create a cohesive area.

Heirloom Decor

If you have an old wooden, sentimental piece of furniture, include it in your house! This table has a lot of texture to it that tells a tale of a long life and lots of love. These chairs too are a very old wicker style that accents the table's narrative. Part of the reason they stand out, however, is the rest of the room being clean, simple, and more modern with its simplistic lines and designs. Having a simple modern backdrop to your rustic dining space will let heirloom pieces like these truly shine and present opportunities for you to sit down and tell the stories that go with them.

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Traditional Rustic

Add in an element of class with your rustic dining area by going with rich, dark woods. Notice in this room, there are dark wood floors, chair seats, table tops, and dinette. These dark tones are further emphasized with the black outlining on the chairs, table, and the dinette. You can use wood tones in the same way in your traditional rustic dining room, but be sure you do add in some levity elsewhere in the room, such as with a lighter rug and white/neutral colored walls. Choosing a light rug separates the dark table from the dark floors, and going with white wainscotting will also add a traditional vibe to the space while also providing a nice backdrop so the table set stands out against the white.

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Modern Rustic

White can be a blank canvas, or it can fill the canvas nearly entirely. By choosing a white table, chairs, walls, and rug, your space can be a prime example of minimalism and maximize your space all at the same time. However, do bring in a few different tones to offset the space--this room has the wood chair and table legs, which sets it apart from the white marbled rug. Add in an unexpected pop of style with a colored sofa table or dinette to break up all the white if you feel like the canvas is too blank. And again, consider putting a round table on top of a round rug to define the dining space as separate from the rest of the room.

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Light and Bright

When creating your rustic dining room, you can certainly choose darker wood tones for your furniture. But how do you keep the room from feeling too dark? Highlight the room with other natural, neutral tones and textures. In this case, there are the tan curtains against the white walls, lighter wood floors, and distressed rug. The curtains you choose also add to the style of the room; in this case, these formal curtain panels connect to the traditional dining room set and add to the style. Whatever your style is, choose curtains that add to that vibe and brighten up the room when necessary.

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Rustic Elegance

We've already seen how rustic style doesn't have to mean dark and dated, and now we get a chance to see how it can also be called elegant! Incorporate those wood tones and natural fabrics into your table set, but add in a sense of regal design with the table top. Choosing a glass, reflective top like this not only adds an element of class, but it also brightens up the space. Plus, if you hang a light fixture above it like this one, it'll further light up your dining room.

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Classic Motifs

Flowers and floral designs are a prominent part of country rustic styles. Your dining room rug can show off bold, contemporary flowers or feature softer swirls and twirls alongside floral elements. No matter what iteration of rustic style you're taking, including plants and flower motifs in your room's rug is a great way to complement the room's style.

Open Concept Spaces

Many of today's homes feature open concept layouts where the living room, dining room, and kitchen share a common space. In these scenarios, you can use rugs in each area to set each space apart as its own "room." While this example only features a rug in the living room, you can add a rug to your dining space as well to set that space apart and complement the living room's color scheme and tone.

Simple Touches

If your dining room leans more heavily into a country of farmhouse style, then flowers may be the perfect table decor to accent your space. A singular, simple vase of flowers in the middle of your table or on a neighboring touch is a warm way to bring in the country charm and create a warm, welcoming space. Even faux plants and silk flowers can go a long way in creating your desired tone and aesthetic. When you're decorating a small dining room, less is more when it comes to decor.

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Wood You Rather

Wood is a constant in rustic style dining rooms. With that, you have the freedom to use different types of woods and wood tones throughout your room's furniture and accents. Dark wood furniture can create a more dramatic rustic style, especially if combined with dark greens and other moody colors. However, light wood furniture can create a more airy rustic style that's more fitting for country chic rustic spaces. In any case, consider how your room's wood tones impact the room's overarching style and mood.

Beautiful Blues

Rustic styles often use greens, browns, and creams to fit into a very rustic color palette. However, blue is a great color to pair with different variations of rustic style. You can choose a very light and airy blue to harken back to a calm summer sky or you can use a classic blue to change the tone of your rustic dining room. These blue colors can come into play on the walls, in artwork, in accents, and/or in the room's main rug.

Superb Symmetry

Symmetry is a powerful tool in interior design. When you use symmetry through your room's key furniture, built-ins, and lighting fixtures, you naturally create a tidy rustic dining room. However, within this base symmetry, you can add in accents in unexpected and unconventional ways to create a more youthful and modern tone in the room.

Playful Patterns

Patterns are a key component of more vintage rustic homes. If you already have a bold pattern in your room on a focal wall, in pillows, or other areas, you can still include a pattern with your dining room rug. When choosing a rug to pair with another pattern, be sure that one pattern is clearly the main focal point and the other pattern acts as a supporting accent. Striped rugs like this are ideal for partnering with more bold designs in dining rooms.

More Decor Ideas

Flowers and plants are two popular decorations used in rustic style dining rooms, but they are hardly the only options. Take inspiration from this dining room and see what types of accents you can include. Candle sticks, statues, potted moss, and terrariums are just a few more accents that can be used to decorate your rustic dining room.

Unexpected Pairings

Perhaps your rustic dining room features a large amount of wood in the wall panels, floors, and trim. While it's fine to lean into that aesthetic with traditional rustic colors and decor, you can also break away from expectations by choosing more modern or mid century modern furniture. The juxtaposition of these two very different styles will help you create a one of a kind space that expresses your unique style.

Mix It Up

Traditional dining rooms tend to be very "matchy" with consistent materials and colors. To create a more modern traditional dining space, use different types of wood and materials to create distinction in your design. In the case of this dining room, the chairs feature a much darker wood than the dining room table. However, the richness of the colors is what allows them to pair well with one another. Consider similar tones of wood when mixing different types throughout your room's decor and furniture.

Luxurious Leather

Wood is a popular element used in rustic spaces, but other natural materials like leather are also aptly suited to decorate your rustic dining space. This transitional dining room highlights leather in the table's side chairs. The warmth of the material, its texture, and natural material all make it a great addition to rustic homes.

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No matter what design style you're into, rustic decor can easily fit hand in hand with it. As you incorporate rustic design into your dining room, remember to highlight natural textures and woods, and don't be afraid to bring in some older pieces for a well-loved room. On the other side, if you like a more modern, clean rustic, you can still work with those natural tones in a more restrained, simple way. Even if you fit into some other design style that wasn't covered in depth here, as long as you employ those basic principles, you're well on your way to creating a stunning rustic dining room all your own.


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