Rustic chic style vs industrial decor

In interior design and interior decorating, there are many styles to choose from. There are the “pure” styles and then the mix-n-match styles. Two of the most common styles are the rustic chic look and the industrial look. Many people think these looks are the same. I am here to explain why they are not the same style. First, a few questions.

What do you think of when I say rustic chic? Do you think of a farmhouse, wooden cabin atmosphere with wooden tables and exposed beams? Or do you think of quilts, weathered wood reclaimed with wire mesh and galvanized metal? These two descriptions are correct when it comes to rustic chic.

Now what do you think of when I say industrial design style? Are you thinking of hardwoods, pipes and other metals? Maybe dark and neutral colors, old typewriters and wood-burning stoves? If so, they have the right idea of ‚Äč‚Äčindustrial design.

Rustic chic design and industrial design both have some common elements, but they also have their distinct difference. Let’s look at each of them individually and then maybe we can really see the difference.

Rustic chic

The rustic chic design is lighter, more feminine, and focuses on natural wood colors or light stains. Like light paints and aged woods. Decor items would include mismatched hardware, chicken wire, galvanized (rusted) metal, exposed wood beams, and wood-specific furniture. The easiest way for me to remember rustic chic is to think of a perfect little farmhouse in a meadow with its simple colors and used items.


The industrial design is darker and more masculine. It has dark neutral colors and dark woods. It incorporates a lot of polished or brushed metals. Common features include exposed ductwork, pipes, and whatever else we typically try to hide when building a house. Home decor items include old metal items, hardwood shelves, and items that remind you of America’s hard-working industrial age. An easy way to remember this design would be to think of a warehouse or a commercial kitchen converted into a house or apartment.

These two design styles have a lot in common like their uses for metal woods, but the colors and finishes of these woods and metals are different. It is very common today to find people who mix and match these two styles to create a rustic industrial style home. They complement each other very well and make a comfortable and practical home. You can find many great pictures of rustic industrial houses on the internet for more details on how they work together.

Whether you decide to personalize your home in some way or to mix them up for an even wider range of opportunities, just make sure your home talks about who you are. Your home is a place where you can be you! Let it be a perfect window to your soul and show off your rustic or industrial home in style. Have fun decorating your home with your newfound knowledge.

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