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If you want to add some modern rustic style elements to your bedroom, there are lots of options that won’t require a complete renovation. Unless you want to remodel the entire space from top to bottom, you can achieve the same rugged charm in easier but effective ways. Here are 5 trending but timeless modern rustic bedroom ideas:

Wood Accent Walls

Think beyond colorful paint for accent walls. Knotty reclaimed wood is a staple of modern rustic design and looks great against the wall in planks or paneling. For a less expensive but comparable alternative, try plywood boards. Go for any unfinished variety with visible grain, knots and variation in order to add natural charm and character to the room.

While it might seem like a large undertaking, a wood accent wall gives you a lot of freedom in terms of design. If you decide in the future to try something new, you can paint or stain the wood. This allows you to create a fresh look while still keeping the same comfortable modern rustic feel.

Barn Doors

Sliding barn doors are incredibly popular in modern rustic home design. To add one to your interior space, install a metal track above a door frame. While it’s possible to DIY, it’s always a good idea to consult a professional to make sure that the door slides perfectly with no unintended friction. You can install a barn door to be purely decorative, or as an optional barrier to close off a space. If you have a bathroom attached to the bedroom, you can use the barn door for extra privacy and insulation. No matter where you put it, it will add tons of rustic charm to the room.

Images of Nature

For an instant boost in rustic style, try adding artwork of landscapes, animals or other natural imagery. Common animals used in motif include herd animals like horses, cattle and deer, as well as more delicate subjects like birds and butterflies. Go for pieces that won’t overwhelm the senses—keeping things comfortable is key in rustic design and especially important in bedroom decor. Follow neutral color palettes and choose art with lots of calming hues like green, blue, brown and white. Finish it with antique or rough-hewn wood frames to complete the look.

Reading Lamps

Task lighting is an important element of modern rustic design and can be easily added to your bedroom decor. Matching reading lamps on either side of a bed bring modern symmetry and a focus on functionality. Try industrial-style table lamps with adjustable necks, or hang wrought iron pendant lamps to save surface space. If you use LED light bulbs, opt for varieties that produce soft, warm light. This will keep the room feeling cozy and comfortable while still being energy efficient.

Multi-Functional Benches

A bench at the foot of the bed is a common feature in bedrooms of all styles. One way to add easy modern rustic flair to your bedroom is to choose a bench that serves multiple purposes. Try a storage chest with chunky, weathered fastenings—just make sure it can safely support your weight before you sit on it. Benches with drawers or shelves built in save space and follow the modern design concept of favoring function over design. This is another great opportunity to use unfinished wood and maybe top it off with a cozy woolen throw blanket.

These are just a few ideas to get you inspired when decorating your bedroom in the modern rustic style. As long as you stick to the basic ideas of comfort, natural materials and no-fuss functionality, you’ll be well on your way to creating your own personal modern rustic sanctuary in your home.