14 Rustic Chic Color Palettes

Rustic style creates a cozy, welcoming environment that makes you want to curl up in front of a fire. Even if you are mountain cabin-less at the moment, embrace the provincial side of design with these 14 color combinations.

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June 12, 2018
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A Blush of Color

Rustic style may evoke images of dark color palettes, wood everywhere and tons of antlers. Well, this room may keep the antlers (in the form of a statement-making chandelier), but it embraces elements beyond the typical rustic look. Distressed leather seats pair with oh-so-pink-upholstered backs for eye-catching dining chairs. Sculptural gold medallions pop off the silvery gray grasscloth wall covering to bring metallic glam and texture to the dining room.

Down to Earth

Bringing in shades of nature — pine green and soft tan — this two-toned home office has a relaxed, earthy vibe, courtesy of the HGTV HOME by Sherwin Williams' Rustic Refined color palette. Adding to the lived-in feel is a collection of antique furnishings, from the distressed wooden desk and French linen chair to the early American-style dresser and vintage accessories.

Rooted in Navy

Exposed wood ceiling beams are a hallmark of the rustic look. Creating other wood moments, like the butcher-block island countertop and bar stools, make the space feel more cohesive. But the surprising twist in this kitchen's color story is the navy Shaker-style cabinets (from Ikea!), which get upgraded with high-end gold hardware.

Back to Basics

When your room is full of interesting design elements, a subtle wall color enhances your design rather than distracts. The curvy freestanding bathtub, spa-worthy shower and rich hardwood floors pair perfectly with the sophisticated taupe paint, which adds to the overall serene feeling of this master bathroom.

Grounded in the Clouds

Rustic elegance at its best. Weathered barnwood starts behind the canopy bed and flows overhead, offset by a sprawling branch chandelier. Underfoot, a flokati rug creates a cloud-like atmosphere, while the stacked-stone fireplace makes for a striking focal point. The complete feel of the gray-and-white color scheme is absolute tranquility.

Choose Delightful Hues

Say yes to pleasantly yellow walls, cheerfully vintage accessories and charming archways that lead into the heart of the home. Known for its provincial style, this French Country kitchen embraces a yellow, green and white color scheme and traditional-style cabinets and furniture with a hefty dose of antiques, including the old lantern-inspired light fixture.

Color in Simplicity

Rather than natural wood, this space uses painted white shiplap to add character and dimension to the walls. Pieces like the vintage steamer trunk, antique sign and mirror create a storied contrast against the simple white backdrop, while sisal carpet grounds the room in warmth and nubby texture.

All About the Green

Even when sticking with a more traditional rustic color palette, you don't have to limit yourself to shades of brown. The upper cabinets in this country-inspired kitchen are painted hunter green, bringing rich color to the space. Terracotta floor tiles complement the exposed wood grain and distressed finishes of the lower cabinets.

A Curated Look

This eclectic living space mixes patterns, colors and styles with ease. Layered area rugs in tans, oranges and yellows bring southwest charm underfoot, while a black-and-white graphic settee nods to the contemporary. The stucco walls near the door are painted Mediterranean-Sea blue for a splash of bright color to draw the eye out.

Muted Hues, Major Style

White cathedral ceilings bring height and instant airiness to this cottage kitchen. Shaker-style sage green cabinets are topped with classic marble countertops, and a farmhouse-style table not only brings a welcomed shot of rustic style into the space, but also acts as the island and casual dining spot.

The Mountains Are Calling

Pulling hues from the surrounding Montana mountains, this entry uses a mix of grays and browns to set the tone for the rest of the bunkhouse. Roughhewn slate tiles ground the space in earth tones, as well as provide a non-slippery surface to come in from the outdoors. Natural wood plays a prominent role in the design, as it should.

For the Love of Pastel

Go for a light and airy rustic atmosphere with weathered reclaimed barnwood, soft gray leather furniture and a sherbet-hued armchair and throw pillows. The muted palette is a soothing respite but gets a jolt of energy from the mix of tone-on-tone patterns and textures.

Full-On Rustic

Quintessentially rustic, this Colorado bedroom escape weds reclaimed wood boards with gray tongue-and-groove planks for noteworthy walls. Sheer creamy curtains are hung on metal rods at the ceiling to create a canopy around the nailhead-trimmed headboard.

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A Dash of Spice

Mixed reclaimed boards not only create a tactile background to the pair of twin beds, but they also add organic pattern to the space. The beds are dressed in a sunset shade of orange for a punch of color, while zebra-printed pillows are an unexpected touch of whimsy.

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