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2014 Trend: Rustic Modern

Modern nurseries are clean, cool and totally fabulous! That being said, I consistently get one design note from my clients. “How do we bring warmth into a modern nursery?” My go-to design rule is to balance out the very modern with something that has a lot of character and texture. Rustic or reclaimed elements add contrast to the smooth look of modern pieces and help create a beautiful visual harmony.

A custom made wall plaque in the shape of your state would add the perfect subtle personalization to your space. I’d love to see Hawaii!

Rustic Wood State Wall Plaque

Custom Rustic State Plaque from Foundpiece

We might not all have the time (or skill) to piece together a reclaimed wall of wood, but this clever wallpaper (YES, wallpaper!) creates a radically rustic statement that adds instant character to an otherwise bland space. I love mixing something very rustic with something very modern—the contrast can be so chic. Similar styles are available in a variety of colorways.

Faux Wood Wallpaper

Scrapwood Wallpaper from Safari Living

I love a faux bois—always have, always will. The elegant, flowing lines of woodgrain have become a new modern classic. This gorgeous blanket is reversible, and the gray and brown make for a very cozy statement. It’s the perfect, functional accessory to add a woodland touch that you’ll actually want to touch!

Gray and Brown Woodgrain Blanket

Blanket from Donna Wilson

Give me an “A!” This oversized reclaimed wood letter would make a great statement alone or mixed within a gallery style composition. It’s totally customizable and handmade!

Oversized Reclaimed Wood Letter

Reclaimed Wood Letter from Art by Debbie

I love that this hand painted shelf seamlessly mixes two of Project Nursery’s top trends for 2014arrows and rustic/cabin decor. This piece is as functional as it is adorable. It’s the perfect spot for a special keepsake, or you could place it near the changing table as an extra surface for supplies.

Handpainted Reclaimed Wood Shelf

Handpainted Reclaimed Wood Shelf from 1920Shoppe

How have you added warmth to your modern nursery with rustic touches?

Sam Simon

Monday 21st of April 2014

Dear @PamGinocchio:disqus thank you so much! Will I be seeing you at a certain big baby shower next week? xoxoxSS


Friday 18th of April 2014

You are so on trend Sam! Rustic is absolutely a big 2014 nursery trend. Thanks for the great post!