How to Achieve the Modern Cottage Look

rustic modern cottage basement living room

There is another half of our house you haven't seen yet. I'm slowing furnishing the basement and making a few updates before I share the reveal, but it's coming soon! Because our house is a 1960s split level ranch, the main living room, bathroom, office, bedroom, and kitchen is upstairs, with the entryway, laundry area, second living room, and another bedroom in the basement.

For the basement design, I'm sticking with the same modern beachy cottage theme found throughout our house, but slightly more rustic. I like the idea of making the basement a little more manly so Jordon has a space he loves and can watch football while I'm taking photos of projects in our upstairs living room and not blocking his view :) (Need help finding your decor style? This post should help you out.)

So far we have a rustic barn door TV console Jordon made, a couch, end table, a modern chair that was my grandma's I had reupholstered, a tree stump from the neighbors, and some wall art. The basement living room is isn't huge so it just needs a couple more pieces (a bar, lamps, and greenery) as finishing touches.

Achieving the rustic modern cottage look is fairly simple when you stick to the fundamentals:

  • rustic wood
  • blue accents
  • nautical elements
  • white walls
  • something wicker

Get the look:

media center | fiddle leaf tree | lake sign | pillow | cowhide rug | wicker stools | brass lamp | black wall sconces | tree stump | chair | flag

I always create a mood board when designing a room so I can visually see how everything will go together before I buy stuff. This step is incredibly important and helps ensure you are achieving your vision for the room and staying on budget. Carefully vetted design decisions means saving money because you aren't redoing it a year later!

Later this week I'm sharing how we installed a stairs runner with before and after pictures.