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Why it Works: Rustic Craftsman Living Room
From floor plan to furniture, see how to rework what you’re working with for a cozy and effective room design.
This rustic craftsman living room is the epitome of what you’d expect a craftsman’s living room to look like. From the natural finishes to the deep tones it’s a beautiful balance of classic design and warm modern accents. We designed it with family in mind; three kids, two dogs and a dad needed to call... Keep Scrolling
Written by Sara Lynn Brennan


This rustic craftsman living room is the epitome of what you’d expect a craftsman’s living room to look like. From the natural finishes to the deep tones it’s a beautiful balance of classic design and warm modern accents. We designed it with family in mind; three kids, two dogs and a dad needed to call this place home, so it needed to feel that way. We used some existing furniture pieces mixed with some newly built pieces to provide a truly custom look. A really fun and unique element to this project was that the client is actually a craftsman himself, so he built the furniture pieces that we designed together; it’s not every day this happens in my design world.

Looking over beige wingback chairs into a rustic living room.
Symmetry and a balance of light and dark give this room balance and a curated feel.

Let me break down why this space works so well so that you can dissect the design elements you love and maybe even recreate them in your own space.

Before photo of a living room, tv above the fireplace and dark colored furniture.
Before, the room didn’t have great flow and the TV wasn’t the best focal point.

The Floor Plan

The “Before” and “After” of this space was amazing, you’d never believe it’s the same room! We moved the TV from above the fireplace to over on the wall to allow for a better flow; the oversized sofa was better suited in front of the window in this space. We included two smaller accent chairs that were lighter in color to balance the otherwise dark and masculine gray and blue color palette. Many craftsman homes have windows flanking the fireplace, so we recreated the feel of windows using mirrors instead; this worked beautifully reflecting any natural light that came into the space.

Deep blue accent wall with the television over a wooden cabinet.
The blue walls and grey “tree ring” art accents create that masculine rustic feel for the space.

The Furnishings

My client built all of the cabinetry in the space, which allowed us to really do anything we wanted. We chose a traditional shaker style door with a medium stain to achieve a warm and timeless look. The showstopper in the space was the gorgeous coffee table we designed and he created; everything about it was beautiful! We kept the upholstery pieces solid and layered in pattern and color for interest; doing this allows for a very timeless design that can always change and evolve with the trends.

Wooden, square coffee table with potted plants and vases.
The homeowner is also a craftsman so he was able to create this custom table based on our design.
Lovely cream armchairs with blue and white accent pillows.
Use your pattern in smaller ways like throw pillows and art. Keeping the upholstery classic for these beautiful armchairs helps them stay timeless.

The Details

It was important to me that I create a “bachelor pad” for this busy guy so that he could enjoy the space even when the kids weren’t around. He needed balance, it couldn’t be ALL-masculine, so I included feminine touches, such as floral arrangements made of branches, pods and moss paired with concrete vases for a manly take on a soft design element. We also used soft elements such as drapery, pillows and throw blankets to create a warm and inviting vibe. And when sourcing art for the frames around the TV, I found these beautiful hand-drawn “Tree Ring” pieces, created by an artist on Etsy, to provide an abstract nod my client’s “craftsman” talents.

Blonde woman adjusting and placing items on a living room mantle.
I aimed for balance in the decorative details. Natural materials complement the rustic vibe, but a few feminine elements such as vibrant greenery and mirror finishes add lightness.
Looking over the coffee table and arm chairs into the open concept kitchen from the living room.
Natural textures like stone and matte black ceramics are the perfect touch for the coffee table.

In this space, the whole is absolutely greater than the sum of its parts. Although each element is beautiful in itself, seeing the way everything comes together makes for a beautiful and cohesive rustic craftsman living room design that’s both inviting and family-friendly.

 

Sara Lynn Brennan is an interior designer who specializes in designing practical, beautiful and timeless homes, click here to see more of her lovely work.

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