Wondering how to mix rustic style with a clean, modern aesthetic?

It’s easier than you may think: Just mix natural materials and rough-hewn accents with streamlined forms and a neutral palette. See how top designers made this style mash-up work in these gorgeous lodge-style spaces.

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Photo by Jason Dewey

Get Creative with Materials

To give a two-car garage new life as a guest house, contractor Kelbe Cronen of Cronen Building Co. took care to incorporate rich, rustic elements in the updated design. “The wood barn door was built using the original ship from the garage and the existing concrete floor was ground down, sanded, and polished,” he says.
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Photo by Adam Barbe

Balance Bright and Warm

Warm wood tones and moody blues add lodge flavor to a bright farmhouse interior. “Keeping the architecture simple and clean allows the furnishings to give warmth to the inviting space,” says designer Anne Elizabeth Barbe.
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Photo by Jonny Hoffner

Turn to a Neutral Palette

In collaboration with designer Lauren J. Piskula of de[luxe] design studio, Randy Becker and the team at Becker Home Improvement created a light-drenched living space that combines the best of contemporary and rustic design. The soaring space and pure-white walls are offset with the texture of natural wood planking applied to the wall behind the sofa; the cocktail table, antlers, and even the window treatment pick up the warm natural look. The pale, neutral palette keeps the emphasis on the rich wood tones.
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Photo by Whitney Kamman Photography

Show Off the Structure

To give this new home a form as impressive as its mountain setting, Jamie Daugaard of Centre Sky Architecture took a distinctly streamlined approach to traditional “lodge” style. “The expression of structure—exposed steel columns and beams, large timbers, and stone—provides a sense of permanence while contrasting with the expanse of transparent glass walls that provide a connection to the outside. Muted neutral tones and rustic material forming clean lines created a mountain modern style,” he says.
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Photo by Josh Dunford

Go High

The renovation of this ski-house in Whistler, Canada started as a simple kitchen renovation but quickly blossomed into a whole-house update. Designer Robert Bailey made the most of the soaring interior volume, natural stone all the way to the wood-clad ceiling and turning wood storage into a design element. A neutral palette keeps the focus on the natural textures inside and the spectacular scenery outside the glass walls.

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