27 Rustic Wall Decor Ideas to Turn Shabby into Fabulous


There’s something so welcoming about rustic decor. It’s a lived-in look that makes upkeep easy and showcases those family heirlooms that might otherwise end up boxed away in the attic. While there’s a lot of rustic furniture available these days, don’t forget that your home also has some pretty big blank canvases: the walls! Whether you’re looking for a unique way to display your family snapshots or an eye-catching statement piece, there are rustic wall decor ideas that fit the bill, especially if you’re willing to get creative. Old shutters only need some paint and brackets to become decorative backdrops, while repainted window frames can be converted to hold mirrors or photos.

Add Charm and Character with these 27 Rustic Wall Decorations

Rustic Wall Decorations

The idea of coming back to our roots with rustic decor is a sweeping trend throughout the country. It is easy to see why this style is popular and enduring. It is a look that wears well, leaves plenty of room for personal taste,and is simple to create. Find your inspiration from beautiful colors, textures, and elements of nature and be sure to add wood to the mix; your home will be enchanting. There is a comforting beauty about a home adorned with these touches and including rustic wall decor pulls the look together and gives rooms a finished feel.Another great part of this trend is that it lends itself to re-purposing and up-cycling giving do it yourself-ers projects that are fun and functional. There are several decorating styles that welcome rustic touches. Farmhouse, Southwest, Tuscan, Lodge/Log, and Mission styles are all strong enough to anchor rustic wall adornments turning a nicely appointed space into a gorgeous inspiration. Enjoy these examples and allow these inspiring images to spark your imagination.

If you’re not exactly crafty, there are still lots of options for less hands-on decor. Frame vintage postcards or memorabilia and assemble a wall collage, letting the size and shape of each piece dictate its position rather than arranging them in rows. Rustic decor is all about being a little rough around the edges, which is why textured materials like wood, dried flowers, and galvanized metal make great elements. Not sure where to start? No worries. Check out these 27 rustic wall décor ideas for inspiration.

1. Rustic Wall Decor Idea Featuring Reclaimed Window Frames

Rustic Wall Decor Idea Featuring Reclaimed Window Frames

A simple sitting room takes on a gently whimsical charm with the addition of rustic wall elements. Notice the very neutral color scheme is far from boring with the beautifully re-purposed window frames. Mirrors always add depth to a room and turning the window frames into mirrors is creative and functional. The simple beam shelf feels softer because of the delicate baby’s breath on the wreath as well as the wildflower blossoms in the mismatched vases. The mismatched yet coordinated look is a popular hallmark of many current decorating styles. Meaningful signs, like the one above the sofa, are in good taste and add a uniquely personal touch to your rustic decor.

2. Glowing Mason Jar Wall Sconces

Glowing Mason Jar Wall Sconces

Wall sconces are a charming way to brighten a dreary corner or fill an awkward space on a wall. These sconces are a particularly versatile rustic wall decoration idea. The simple pieces of wood plank feature mason jars suspended from iron hooks. In this version, the combination of textures and elements is a perfect example of the range of contrast typically seen in rustic wall art; white fairy lights, delicate ivory hydrangea, and twine adorn the sconces. These sconces would easily convert for a seasonal change or in the event of a palette change switch.

3. Monochromatic Skeleton Key Photo Hooks

Monochromatic Skeleton Key Photo Hooks

Clever framing and hanging elevate simple photographs to rustic wall art simply and easily. In this instance, weathered wooden frames dangle from antiqued iron keys held by sturdy twine. As with other types of rustic art, the contrasting materials enhance the beauty of the grouping and work together to make the photographs the centerpiece of the collection. As you have seen previously, mismatched yet coordinating elements are marvelous ways to add subtle interest to rustic art. A grouping such as this is lovely adorning a wall on its own, and it would be a great augmentation of a larger grouping flanking a mirror or shelf.

4. Country Diner Barn Wood Kitchen Sign

Country Diner Barn Wood Kitchen Sign

Typography lends itself quite well to rustic wall décor. It has the ability to give a very personalized quality to any space or maintain a friendly and welcoming atmosphere. It really is all about the materials that you use to make your statement, however, the size and placement of the typography play a significant role in the impact the piece makes. By using letters with a few noticeable imperfections in the natural wood the E, A, and T become ideal rustic wall art. Wood is certainly not your only option for rustic typography; woven twigs or distressed metal would work well in this type of arrangement. This is an easy project for a do it yourself-er, however, letters are readily available at home décor and craft shops.

5. Over-sized Windmill and Barn Wood Wall Clock

Over-sized Windmill and Barn Wood Wall Clock

Using a well-placed rustic wall decoration idea adds a polished look to an accent table arrangement. In this case, the table with the rustic elements would appear incomplete without the wood and re-purposed clock placed behind it. This grouping is ideal for a rustic farmhouse setting and fits wonderfully in a variety of locations in the home. The idea of bringing farm equipment indoors as décor is trendy right now; part of its appeal is its casual and effortless appearance. The variation of wood tones on the base of the clock gives an additional level of interest to the piece without overshadowing the grouping as a whole.

6. Family Photo Collage from Recycled Window Frames

Family Photo Collage from Recycled Window Frames

Nothing gives your home a unique sense of personality quite the way family photographs can. These photos are elevated from simple family pictures to rustic wall decor with the use of a few key elements. Notice the photos themselves; the continuity of the photographs plays a large part in the success of this grouping. The use of sepia, as opposed to color or ordinary black and white, gives a rustic feel to the images; also the photographs appear professional yet they have a casual and natural setting that lends itself to rustic wall décor. Whitewashed windows are ideal when used as frames, and the typography is the right shade to pick up the darker tones in the photographs, tying the collection together perfectly.

7. Old-world Style Rustic Shelf Display

Old-world Style Rustic Shelf Display

Although rustic wall décor often has a very casual feel about it, this is a lovely example of rustic art in a slightly more refined collection. In this case, the natural elements are present but the styling is more dramatic and the features more refined than other examples of rustic wall décor. The fine detailing of the chair rail, picture frame, shelf, and clock is not identical but works so well together, that fact is unimportant. The candleholder, planter, and bird all are in the same color scheme and the candles, trinket box, and plant compliment the wall as well as the other elements of the grouping.

8. “Love” Wall Art with Reclaimed Wood and Fabric

“Love” Wall Art with Reclaimed Wood and Fabric

Typography does not need to be three- dimensional to have a stunning impact. In this rustic wall decoration idea, you can see the visual impact of combining multiple wood tones with fabric and painted typography. The love sentiment is especially popular in both the romantic and the familial sense; the use of ecru fabric roses to make a heart to replace the letter O in love points to a more romantic setting for a piece of wall art like this. A simple adjustment in the making of the letter O would make a similar art piece perfect for a family room or dining area.

9. Wall Collage with Reclaimed Metal Farm Fixtures

Wall Collage with Reclaimed Metal Farm Fixtures

Smaller pieces of rustic wall decor in creative groupings can make the same meaningful statements as their larger counterparts. This combination of wood, typography, and metal in a neutral color scheme becomes softer by using floral elements. An interesting focal point comes from using two different colors of wood panels on the wall and connecting the wood at an unusual angle. The surrounding rustic and antique items anchor this collection. Balance and spacing play a large part in the success of this grouping; notice how the various clustered elements do not appear to be overcrowded. Achieve proper spacing by creating a model of the pieces you will use on either the floor or a table. Don’t be afraid to experiment with various items, this is an expressive way to have fun while decorating.

10. Chalk Painted Shutter with Dried Flower Wreath

Chalk Painted Shutter with Dried Flower Wreath

Creative license is an advantage you get when using rustic wall decoration ideas in your home. Finding unique ways to use common objects is something designers find rewarding, especially if the process involves rescuing or recycling commonly overlooked pieces. This image is an example of using such a piece in a unique way. Here a weathered looking shutter hangs sideways, adding to the appeal of the piece. This look would seem incomplete without the use of the delicate wreath of baby’s breath, as it adds softness and interest while bringing a bit of the outdoors inside the home. Together these simple, rustic pieces bring life to an otherwise dreary corner with only a lamp.

11. Abstract Wall Art and Shelf from Rustic Barn Wood

Abstract Wall Art and Shelf from Rustic Barn Wood

This piece is an example of using weathered materials as rustic wall decor by creating something new and unexpected. Ordinary pieces of shiplap, attached to each other at randomly staggered heights, create a visually interesting piece of rustic art, which also is a shelf. This is a versatile dream piece for the handy do- it- yourself-er. Making an art piece similar to this is manageable, the size of a piece like this is simple to customize to fit odd sized spaces, and the finish can change to coordinate with the surroundings. The look of this piece will change based on what is placed on the shelves, adding to its versatility and usefulness.

12. Chic and Simple Reclaimed Wood Wall Chevrons

Chic and Simple Reclaimed Wood Wall Chevrons

The chevron pattern of the rustic wall art is a delightful piece that adds a one of a kind look to the space pictured here. This art is well suited for this odd empty wall space and you could create a piece like this to meet the room’s size and space constraints. With creative use of rustic wall decoration ideas, like this one, awkward empty places in the home become fascinating focal points. The distressed wood picks up the darker shades in this otherwise light and bright room. The upward peaks of the chevron pattern draw the eye up and call attention to the groupings on top of the whitewashed cabinet. Simple and creative touches like this make it easy to love the rustic decor.

13. Elegant and Understated Raw Wood Shelf

Elegant and Understated Raw Wood Shelf

A softly glowing collection of candles gives a peaceful aura to this wall piece and it brings into play the powerful natural element of fire. This is a marvelous study in contrasts, which emphasizes the stark simplicity of the grouping. This is a marvelous rustic wall decoration idea and while it would be at home in a variety of settings, it seems well suited for a mission or southwestern style. If you are not comfortable with wall candles, the shelf is useful for many other pieces of décor. Flameless candles are also an option to replace candles. This piece will fill a wall nicely and is strong enough to stand alone or work as a focal point of a grouping.

14. Hand-painted Whitewashed “Life Is Beautiful” Sign

Hand-painted Whitewashed “life Is Beautiful” Sign

A heartwarming sentiment on weathered shiplap is a marvelous bit of rustic wall decor. The wood planks attach to each other in an imperfect arrangement and the flaws in the wood plainly seen. Perhaps this is alluding to the idea that life does not need to be perfect in order to be beautiful. The mixed typefaces used in the piece, add interest easily and are a popular trend in art and décor. This wall art is an ideal backdrop for the simple accents on the table; the starfish gives this grouping a nautical feel, which works well with rustic pieces.

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