Contemporary Rustic Home Design – How to Achieve the Look

Contemporary rustic home design is having a big moment in Australia right now! Appeal lies within the clever modern use of recycled raw materials, and a cosy yet grounded aesthetic that subtly encourages bringing the outdoors in.

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Rustic interiors have a sense of connection to the past that’s hard to resist. They feel honest and unstudied, and evoke a simpler time.

Because they celebrate the art of repurposing, they provide a wonderful showcase for ingenuity. In a world where so much is virtual, rustic style is boldly and blatantly real.

Rustic design at its core is defined as the use of organic elements in their most natural state.

In contemporary rustic style, these earthy, natural materials which hold rustic charm and warmth are combined with a clean-lined, modern design for a fresh, light and grounded aesthetic.

‘Contemporary rustic’ design emphasises the natural, whilst creating a sense of informal elegance.

Thanks to rustic style’s unpretentious roots, organic textures and shapes, and natural warmth – contemporary rustic has fast become as popular in the heart of the city as it is out in the woods.

Contemporary Rustic Design, Contemporary Rustic Home Design – How to Achieve the Look
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The key to a stunning contemporary rustic space is the refined use of raw materials (in the form of both preserved and exposed natural architectural elements), within an airy, open floor plan, and executed with modern edge.

There is a lot of appeal within the use of unfinished and reclaimed materials in home design, as this gives an environmentally aware society the opportunity to make use of recycled goods.

Lovers of the modern rustic style are usually partial to the use of repurposed objects, and by way of future sustainability, contemporary rustic homes will often feature the use of recycled materials such as natural timber, stone or bricks.

Contemporary Rustic Design, Contemporary Rustic Home Design – How to Achieve the Look

To a large extent, rustic style is about ‘making do’ with what you have. It’s less about whimsy, and more about creating a sense of modern invention by necessity.

This is where the use of beautiful raw, natural elements such as reclaimed and unfinished woods and stones, or recycled bricks comes in.

You may see these gorgeous, statement making materials used in the form of exposed timber beams, stone fireplaces, recycled brick feature walls, stone bench tops, or reclaimed wood or metal design features.

The facades of our beautiful Oakwood and Milton display homes are both perfect examples of the use of raw materials in contemporary rustic design.

Contemporary Rustic Design, Contemporary Rustic Home Design – How to Achieve the Look

This style is all about preserving the beautiful natural character of the materials used.

Contemporary comes in where these rustic statement materials are used to create a seamless connection with clean lines and simple, modern design.


The other important principle behind bringing natural materials into the home is the concept of bringing nature indoors, in a subtle and beautifully modern way.

Thanks to their natural overtones, contemporary rustic interiors often feel like an extension of the outdoors and draw parallels between exterior and interior spaces.

A subtle yet important feature of contemporary rustic homes that go a long way towards bringing the outdoors in, is large windows.

Contemporary Rustic Design, Contemporary Rustic Home Design – How to Achieve the Look

Large windows are a feature that satisfy both rustic interiors and modern sensibilities, making them a decisive design component of modern rustic homes.

A modern home is always open-plan and full of light, whilst ‘rustics’ want their space to feel as close to the outdoors as possible. Therefore, an easy sightline to the outdoors is a must within the contemporary rustic home.

The other important design element to achieving this style of home is an open floor plan that effortlessly allows the indoor/outdoor lifestyle.

View our beautiful range of open floor plans here.


Not surprisingly, a simple, natural colour scheme gives the contemporary rustic style its relaxed, informal elegance.

There is room for bold accents to be introduced, as long as they are earthy tones. Greys, greens and browns are common, using tones that bring warmth to the space so that it doesn’t feel too cold and stark.

TIP: You could start with a beautiful clean white base for your walls, and introduce your warm colour palette from there. Use your raw materials as a guide for your colour palette, to ensure a cohesive cosy atmosphere that’s comfortable and inviting.

Contemporary Rustic Design, Contemporary Rustic Home Design – How to Achieve the Look


Rustic design is warm and inviting, and that should flow right through to your choice of furnishings.

Similarly, the natural aspect of a contemporary rustic home carries through to the use of textures – being upholstery, linens, rugs and other furnishings.

Popular choices for fabrics are those with no print, and that are made from natural fibres such as cotton, linen, jute and hemp.

Furnishing with natural textiles such as linen cushions, woven baskets and warm coloured rugs will make your contemporary rustic space feel homely, cosy and complete.

In terms of furniture, keep your pieces modern to maintain your contemporary edge.

Furniture should tie in with the design of your home. Think intelligent use of textures, clean lines and natural materials such as leather, wood, stone or even concrete for a really modern rustic look.

It’s important to remember that the rules behind both contemporary and rustic are a little relaxed, so feel free to take risks with accents such as offbeat or feature lighting, decorative displays and artwork.

Contemporary Rustic Design, Contemporary Rustic Home Design – How to Achieve the Look


As the rules behind contemporary are quite broad, this look can be beautifully finished with any kind of tapware and colour scheme, really!

Here at Mincove Homes, we use the stunning modern ranges from Phoenix Tapware.

The ranges that we offer are; PinaRadiiArlo and Vivid Slimline – which offers our clients the choice between a range of different beautiful looks and contemporary finishes such as chrome, matte black or brushed metallics.

Your fixtures and fittings are where you can really define your contemporary rustic look. 

Clean, modern lines combined with beautiful rustic finishes such as matte black or metallics will really take your contemporary rustic home design up a notch!

Contemporary Rustic Design, Contemporary Rustic Home Design – How to Achieve the Look

To have a chat with one of our friendly and experienced New Homes Consultants about your brand new contemporary rustic style home, give us a call today on (02) 4256 0222.

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Mincove Homes Published on Jul 26, 2019 6 minute read

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