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New Looks to Love: Relaxed Rustic

New Looks to Love: Relaxed Rustic


Inspired by nature and contrasted with warm golds and cool tones, the Relaxed Rustic look is all about evoking a sense of coziness and soul. Weathered woods, patinaed leather, comfy sofas and decor that nods to the countryside all come together to create this cohesive style.

The Inspiration

At Pottery Barn, we believe that homes should be beautiful to look at and comfortable to live in. Relaxed Rustic was developed out of that idea – and to be the place where Provençal style meets effortless, casual living.

Get the Look

1.     Connect to the outdoors with weathered woods and a natural palette

Take a page out of nature’s playbook, and keep your colors earthy and subtle. (Think whites, beiges and rich browns.) Distressed and rough-hewn woods have a certain air of charm and set the stage for the rest of your decor. Look for sustainable sourced reclaimed wood pieces—their unique markings, color variations and imperfections speak to a storied past.

2.     Mix warm golds and cool tones for a striking contrast

Relaxed Rustic doesn’t have to be super brown, though. To steer clear of the lodge-like vibe, create contrast with warm golds and cool tones. Light metals and mirrors add brightness, and pops of sunny yellow also make the look fresh and fun.

3.     Lend a carefree note to your decor with natural materials and relaxed styling

Need a little extra personality? Try an array of vases inspired by vintage European pottery, or sunflower plates that make home-cooked meals even more charming. Other natural materials like terra cotta, linen and botanicals fit nicely to this style, too. Remember to keep things relaxed – it’s right there in the name!

Make it Yours

All you need are a few simple updates — and maybe a slightly different approach to styling your current pieces. Is your bed a family heirloom? Swap out the linens for something neutral and natural, then layer on cheerful pillows and faux fur. Have lots of vases, but are unsure what to do with them? Create bouquets of sunflowers, sprigs of lavender and olive branches, then line them up on your mantle or a console.

Explore some of our favorite Relaxed Rustic furniture and decor. Want to see more looks to love? Shop by style and get inspired at potterybarn.com.