31 Timeless Rustic Living Room Decorating Ideas that will Add Warmth and Cozy Charm to Your Walls
To create a rustic décor style, you’ll find it’s fun to bring a number of different elements into the new setting. You will find many similarities between rustic style and farmhouse style which is one of our favorites, however don’t expect all elements to be consistent between the two. A number of common elements stand out in rustic design, rustic printed signs as an example can share sentiments like “Family,” “Gather,” and “Together” in larger signs, while inspirational messages and bible verses often appear in smaller print on smaller signs. One of our favorite categories in our store are oversize clocks which are one of the most popular rustic wall elements.
31 Timeless Rustic Living Room Decorating Ideas that will Add Warmth and Cozy Charm to Your Walls
When considering a color palette, one will most often see combinations of green, brown, white and gray. It’s no wonder that these neutral color elements add a calming feel to any room. You’ll find that many stylish arrangements first seem cluttered with multiple elements like large letter initials, flower arrangements, and groupings of photo frames.
Over the years I’ve seen an increase in upcycling old window frames, shutters, and even wooden ladders into wonderful rustic home décor elements. Wooden architectural elements often show weathered or distressed paint finishes and it’s popular to replicate these finishes with DIY projects. We love to create wreaths with our old grape vines at the end of the season and these add yet another fun element to rustic décor.
Rustic décor can be unique to each home. The arrangements we have brought together show great ways to encourage you to share your unique personality and style. If you’d like to bring a little country charm into your home, then we encourage you to try a few of our 31 rustic living room decorating ideas. Remember, country charm is a feeling you can enjoy no matter where you live.
1. Simple Sign, Initial, and Window Frame Mirror
Create rustic interest around a large initial letter. The tall mirror set in an old window frame reflects the surrounding room. Take a galvanized wall pocket and add a few fall blooms to add one more element. Last element is the “Family” themed sign hanging over the letter and vase. Notice how all the finishes are done in similar shades of cream and brown and all have a weathered look. Imagine a family initial with a date family established sign above. Now that speaks both rustic and farmhouse style.
2. Oversize Rustic Clock, Sign, and Simple Photo Frames
Here’s that rustic clock, this 18-inch size and finish is one of our best sellers. Combine it with a grouping of small welcoming signs and family photos. While a little crowded, when grouped in a tight rectangular grouping, it makes for a neat arrangement themed in family, home, and love.
3. Reclaimed Wood Shutters with Burlap Family Banner
Another interesting grouping begins with arranging a series of upcycled white shutters. They added a burlap banner with letters spelling out “Family” to spruce up the shutters. Above the shutters is mounted a clean white shelf. On this shelf are displayed an initial, faux topiary tree, a globe and an empty frame. The grouping is completed with a simple black and white clock in the center.
4. Native American Photos Surround TV Area
Here we have a great example of how you could turn an otherwise ordinary TV are into a rustic décor showpiece. Over the TV they created a wooden piece by cutting a pattern out of a series of rustic tongue and groove boards. Then they hung a burlap basket with dried greenery in the center. To create balance, they mounted an oversized clock with roman numerals on one side. The other side has Native American themed prints, a metal arrow, and a number 4 print.
5. Reclaimed Wood Planks with Hanging Distressed Frames
If you’re looking for a very rustic look then why not create your own reclaimed wood plank hangers. Find a couple of ornate drawer pulls to accent the planks. Here is another wonderful place for a couple of our rustic barnwood picture frames, all you need is a little decorative ribbon and a couple family photos to complete this classic rustic look. Consider using black and white or sepia tone finish photos.
6. Family Centered Corner Shelf
At first this arrangement might look a little busy. The corner shelf was mounted over the living room seating in such a way to bring all the elements together well. Notice all the family photos in well-organized wooden frames grouped well with other décor. The black and white photos lend a degree of sophistication to an otherwise rustic grouping.
7. Typewriter Font Inspirational Sign
They’ve created a wonderful sign with plain text in a typewriter font design. A great reminder to “Do more of what makes you happy.” The simple shelf below holds a mirror-based lamp and simple small greenery pot.
8. Mirrors and Distressed Shutters
Mirrors make up the focal point of this rustic farmhouse wall arrangement. The main centerpiece is the large upright mirror with a pair of white distressed wooden shutters on each side. The decorator chooses a pair of different sized mirrors to hang from each shutter to bring together that rustic feel they were looking for. Again, we see light colors of white and beige which work so well with the sofa and cushions.
9. Timeless Clock with Family Centered Arrangement
Lots of things going on here but my eye was first drawn to the oversize wooden clock. The decorator has done an excellent job of creating a unifying balance by bringing together a pair of name initials made of varied materials. Here we see a new color introduction in a light pastel blue combined with earthy wood tones and distressed white. When you combine this with several family photos and some family themed signs you will create a timeless rustic wall arrangement that begs the viewers attention in a very pleasing way.
10. Oversize Mirror, Basket with Wreath, and Two Sconces
No better place to begin than with a wide mirror framed in silver. To each side of the mirror is installed wall sconces with tall pillar candles. Mounted above the mirror is a large wooden tray accented by a small wreath finished with a hanger made of burlap. Notice how this arrangement complements the look of the rich leather sofa.
11. An Inspirational Sign and Metal Shutters
Here we see a pair of metal shutter, could easily have been an old set of wooden shutters. In this case they hang on either side of a bible verse created in a wonderful bold script sign. See how the decorator accented each shutter with a small greenery wreath. This grouping combines well with the beige sofa, pillows, and throw. Doesn’t it just make you want to sit for a spell and relax.
12. Family Initial Letter and Myrtle Wreath
Looking for an understated way to display a family initial? This arrangement combines a wooden initial with a partial wreath created with faux myrtle leaves. Try mixing it up with different material for the letter or another wreath material and this understated arrangement will accent any farmhouse style bedroom or den.
13. “Stay” Sign with Rustic Metal Clock and Galvanized Vases
Here are more galvanized wall vases with dried fall flowers and an oversize metal clock, have you noticed some common elements in many of these groupings. On the adjoining wall we see a sign inviting guests to “Come in and stay a while.”
14. Tan Matted Photos Create This Simple Display
We like how this living room décor has created an understated balance combining the white frames with beige matting of these eight symmetrically placed photos. Notice how they flow well with the white and beige upholstery. It was simple to control colors in this room with the simple greenery pots on the coffee table.
15. TV Area with Simple Scripted Sign
Here’s another example of a simple TV area made into an inviting rustic space with simple elements. An inviting sign hangs over the TV proclaiming “This is our happy place.” Scripted letters on the sign create an old-fashioned feeling. There is a weathered looking console table with candles, greenery, and books directly below the TV. Notice the handy baskets below this console, great for throws and pillows.
16. Entertainment Area with Inspirational Sign
This entertainment area is highlighted with a very popular Bible verse used by many to find inspiration in there home. Again, we see balance in the use of different elements on each side of the TV. With black and white fern prints to one side and round wicker trays of varied sizes on the other. The weathered wooden console below ties everything together with another convenient storage area, this time for the TV’s electronic devices.
17. Old Ladder Points to Poem on the Wall
Another example of a simple sign, this time with a charming poem full of inspiration. In this simple design, we find an old wooden ladder hung on it’s side. Old ladders are a key component in many farmhouse inspired designs. Above this ladder is a simple arrow sign pointing the reader back to the main inspirational sign. After closer observation this sign encourages the reader to take pride in their own personal power and not to let it go.
18. Distressed Shelf with Tin Ceiling Panel
The simple wooden shelf is held up by two distressed corbels and atop of it we find a combination of candlestick with pillar candle, a Fleur De Lis decoration, symbolic letter, and signs like “home sweet home.” Behind this collection the decorator has place an old looking tin ceiling panel. Did you know you can buy these panels online and create this effect with a little paint and a sander? Colors seem to follow the common theme of white and beige with some accents of black.
19. Signs Stenciled on Chalkboards Over the Couch
Get creative, why not stencil a message that has meaning to you on an old chalkboard? In this case the decorator used large rustic frames to bring your attention to the message on the signs. The chalkboard background gives this sign a rustic feel while it maintains an elegant quality to the room decor.
20. Distinct Oversize Letter Sign
Looking to create a simple but bold statement? Why not begin with an oversize initial framed in a rustic gray and white frame. We like the depth created with the horizontal brush strokes of the gray background. This piece speaks rustic charm but will also work in a more modern farmhouse décor.
21. Rustic Wall Décor with a Homey Simplicity
When planning a rustic décor idea keep in mind that the arrangement can be elaborate or quite simple. Here we see a sign created from two old barn wood planks with the simple letters spelling out “Home” mounted on their surface. The color choices used blend very well with the eggshell colored walls and the location directly over the French doors is the perfect place to declare that this is home.
22. DIY Pallet Wall Frames
Pallet DIY projects are popular, and this rustic living room wall uses the idea to create a series of matching picture frames. Stain 1x3 lumber so it looks rustic and aged, learn how here. Use small cleats across the back to connect them. Then all you need to do is attach matte finish photos to the front of each pallet. Such a classy looking arrangement and you don’t have to spend a lot to create it.
23. Reclaimed Window Frame Over Mantel
A great flea market find, this rustic window frame makes for a great element in a modern farmhouse or rustic design. They simply leaned the window frame off the mantel and hung a small wreath of bay leaves from it. The simple “Our Nest” sign helps bring that warm cozy feeling to this rustic mantel space.
24. Window Frame with Wreath and Key
What an inviting combination. The centerpiece of this décor is an old window sash. The decorator hung a wreath of wildflowers over the center of the sash. Notice the rustic wooden blanket ladder standing in the corner. Looking for a little contrast, why not paint your picture frames something like this dark turquoise green. The longitude – latitude sign says “This is home”.
25. Rustic Glass Window Sash with Wreaths and Pallet Shutters
Our last photo is of a large rustic window as our central focal point. In this design they have placed rustic wooden shutters on each side of the frame. These are something that could be easily made with scrap pallet lumber. The subdued white and gray wreaths hang from each shutter. What better way to complete this modern farmhouse décor project than with a rustic “Farmhouse” sign hung above the window.
26. Upcycled Shutters with Gold Home Sign
Old architectural objects are a great way to bring rustic charm to any room. Here the decorator paced a pair of tall old shutters on their side to create a wider horizontal effect. Above the shutters they added gold painted letters spelling out the word “Home” and below the long table has a bright floral arrangement with other accent pieces. Notice the wicker storage baskets below for handy storage.
27. Window Framed Chalkboard Family Schedule
What a creative idea. By creating a window frame patterned wood frame the designer was able to create several small chalkboard spaces to be used as a family scheduling center. A way to bring the rustic schoolhouse look, into a modern farmhouse décor.
28. A Family Centric Sign with Rustic Accents
Want to bring rustic charm into your living room? This example brings it all together with the family centered sign hung over the sofa. Over from it we find an oversize wooden clock with chalkboard signs and family photos. Notice how the decorator used candle lanterns on each side of the focal piece sign.
29. Farmhouse Burlap Sack with Chevron Accents
A perfect way to bring out the feel of rustic or modern farmhouse is with the use of old burlap sacks. Here the burlap sack is mounted over a painted white background to make it pop from the light gray walls. To create some color, they’ve used a bold green wreath with white blossoms hanging over the burlap sack. They took three rustic frame corners to create a chevron pattern and place them off to the side to create more contrast from the gray walls. The wooden table below along with the wicker basket filled with throws help bring together the warm rustic charm of the room.
30. Family Portrait with Rustic Living Room Decor
This rustic wall arrangement centers around the large family portrait. From here they brought in elements symbolic to the family. From a wire basket filled with seashells hanging on the wall to a number 5 for the five members of the family we see things that matter to the family. An oversized letter and ampersand are found on either side of the family photo and above the photo we find a faux deer head which is another common element to rustic décor.
31. Rustic Wood Circle with Stenciled “Home”
Another good example of rustic distressed wood being the canvas for a simple scripted message. Here the sign background was cut into a circle and a distressed finish was created. The stenciled “home” script was then applied in a warm gray script. Here we see that simple can be a bold statement for both rustic and modern farmhouse décor.