In the past few years, we’ve watched the design aesthetic go back and forth between the sleek, cool, sharp lines of Modern style and the cozy, comfy, woodsy feeling of Rustic style. More recently, the two designs have found each other working closely together. Those crisp, modern lines are mixing with warm, earthy materials like natural wood and stone to achieve a brilliant and unique style.
The mix of natural wood and metal is a great example of Modern Rustic style.
This style trend, dubbed Modern Rustic or Rustic Industrial, is becoming increasingly popular in the West where open spaces and the outdoors collide with the ever-growing modern cityscape.
Modern Rustic design focuses on natural materials such as wood, stone, brick and metal. It borrows the sleek, open and tidy aesthetic of modern design and marries it with neutral colors, open floor plans and simple lines. To combat the cold, sharp look designers bring in warm, cozy wood and elements of nature like stone and lots of natural light.
There are many ways to incorporate this trend into your home using rustic metal, whether you’re creating a new design or remodeling your space. The goal is to create an open, minimalist space that also feels warm and inviting.
Here are a few ways metal panels can achieve the Modern Rustic look.
The flat metal panels with large, exposed fasteners mixed with large wood beams create a beautiful look.
The kitchen is one of the best places to showcase this style. Use flat metal panels with large exposed fasteners to create long lines. A rusted metal such as Truten™A606 is the perfect way to bring in more rustic elements.
Mix metal and stone for the perfect fireplace.
A fireplace is an essential piece of a Modern Rustic home. Combine sharp smooth lines of metal with the natural texture of stone and wood. These elements balance out the design and create an uncomplicated, cozy vibe.
Use neutral colors and rusted metal to balance out Modern design and Rustic style.
Use corrugated metal as an accent or wainscot paired with wood siding or reclaimed lumber. The corrugated metal brings a modern pop to the traditional rustic wood.
This design scheme is a perfect fit for busy, western lifestyles. The clean lines of the modern look keep homes from feeling small and cluttered, but the cozy, earthy elements are laid back and relaxed.
For more design ideas using metal panels and corrugated metal to achieve a modern rustic look, check out our gallery.