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While urban rustic interior design may not be an official design style, it’s a look that is worth getting to know.
The New Victorian Ruralist always seems to capture this haunting aesthetic of the slightly worn interior with a modern twist. Don’t be fooled into thinking this is a form of Shabby Chic. Years have past since it was all the rage, however it’s extreme femininity doesn’t translate well to current taste and urban sensibilities.
Many designers will tell you that one need not follow any rules when it comes to design, and that breaking the rules is just fine. That may be, however, good design in a room is really a delicate balancing act.
It’s truly interesting that these rooms have crumbling walls, but the spaces would simply look derelict if it were not for the counter weight of beautiful but simple linen, antiques and some more industrial and modern accessories and lighting.
Like the rooms in the second images, this photo further amps up the chic in these rustic interiors. I’m mad for modern floor lamps juxtaposed against rough hewn walls and further balanced with natural stools, chairs and soft furnishings.
You can also achieve these lighting schemes with a variety of clip on light styles that offer a similar look. The urban rustic interior can look amazing in loft style homes as well. The use of metal be it exposed duct work or conduit compliments soft fabrics and natural woods extremely well.
1. Onscreen Black and Chrome Finish Floor Lamp
2. Wilmington Collection Outdoor Ceiling Light
3. Vintage Natural Pecan Wooden Stool
4. Winema 18" Square Down-Filled Taupe Linen Throw Pillow
Image credit: New Victorian Ruralist
Rob is a Los Angeles-based designer who has a background in art history and was an expert at Sotheby's auction house. Formerly the host of "Inside The Auction" for the Fine Living Network, speaker for The Learning Annex and contributing editor for Valley Magazine and LA Bride Magazine, he has spent years bridging the gap between the world of design and the general public.
His design sensibilities are varied and can work in both traditional and contemporary styles. His interiors have most recently been published in Renovation Style Magazine.