In 2023, one of the hot interior décor trends is the rustic look — a design scheme that brings the great outdoors inside and makes your home feel comfortable, natural, and sophisticated. Whether you want a look that’s more eclectic and nuanced or something more classic, rustic is the perfect choice to spice up your interior. You can select from a variety of looks like farmhouse, coastal, vintage, and modern rustic, and you can also mix and match said styles as long as you don’t clash too many textures. It’s perfect for achieving a look that’s stylish and cohesive yet relaxed. 

Don’t know where to start in your décor selection process? We’re here to help! Expert designers say one of the key ingredients to crafting the ultimate rustic look in your home is the inclusion of wood wall art in your decor. While you may have a better idea of where to find wooden furniture and what to choose, you may not know what type of wooden wall pieces look good in each space. Consider this to be your guide on what wood accents will make your walls look appealing and how to use them to elevate each room in your home. We’ll go over design options, texture ideas, and trends while also showing you what fits in each room best!

What is Rustic Décor?

If you’re still unsure as to what constitutes a “rustic” look, think of those fancy wooden cabin homes you see as you scroll through the HGTV channel. There are elements of elegance, class, the great outdoors, and a cozy vibe. Of course, some rustic looks have more elegance and a classic feel than others, which is why we’re breaking down the different interior design options for you to choose from when building your space.


The modern rustic look is all about bringing nature in from the outdoors, prioritizing comfort, and incorporating warm and neutral tones through your furniture and wood wall decor pieces. You can also integrate some industrial accent pieces, such as wood art with mixed metals, to give a living room a more sophisticated yet diverse aesthetic.


The farmhouse look also incorporates nature into the interior, but the finished look should be less sleek and slightly rougher around the edges. Farmhouse celebrates all things natural, unfinished, and repurposed. It places emphasis on reclaimed and unfinished woods, natural fibers, and rusted or distressed finishes on furniture and wall decor, which is why wood wall decor is perfect for this style in particular.


While vintage and rustic aren’t necessarily the same, vintage items can contribute to an overall rustic look. Vintage obviously depicts a piece from a certain time period at least 30-50 years ago, which is why these antique items that have a distressed look exterior can be great for this look. Vintage decorating also includes the use of artwork and vintage fabrics.

Why It’s Important to Have a Variety of Wooden Wall Décor

This may come as a shock, but not all wood wall art is the same. While, yes, it is all obviously made from wood, there are so many patterns, textures, lumber types, colors, and arrangements to choose from when selecting wall hangings for each room. Furthermore, it is crucial that you have a variety in your wood wall décor; each room in your home will need to have a different vibe and tell a different story, so why make all the art the same? After all, there are so many options to choose from: 

  • Geometric wood wall art panels
  • Reclaimed wood 
  • Sliced wood wall art
  • Wooden signs as wall hangings 
  • Vintage wooden frames for pictures and artwork 

The sky is truly the limit when it comes to the selection choices, but it is important that you incorporate a variety of styles so that each room can come alive and show off your personality in different ways. What may look great in a living room to show off to guests might not feel as comforting in your bedroom. Just make sure the home decor in each space is an expression of who you are!

Tips for Decorating With Wooden Wall Décor in Different Areas of the Home

As we mentioned above, have some fun and variety when decorating each room in your home! Home décor should say something different in each room of your house and take you and your guests on a journey! Perhaps you want to hang a beautiful wooden sign with a quote on it in your bedroom but have a unique piece of colorful symmetrical wood wall art in the kitchen. Or maybe you’re unsure as to what wood wall art should go where. We can help you out there!

  • Living Room: The entertainment space should definitely feature wood wall art that has a variety of textures, patterns, and/or colors. This is the first space your guests will see, so you want to make them feel welcome and intrigued. If you’re going more modern rustic, consider integrating geometric wooden pieces and creating some symmetry on your wall! You could hang two of the same piece on either side of another wall hanging, like a photo of your family or pet. If you want a more vintage look, definitely incorporate some reclaimed wooden pieces that feature ornate designs and curves with an unfinished/distressed texture. 
  • Bedroom: When creating a rustic look in the bedroom, remember it’s supposed to be a more peaceful place. Big, bold geometric patterns might not be the best fit for your personal sanctuary, but coastal rustic styles of pieces just might be! Consider this Wood Embossed SeaShell Trio if you’re looking for color and a tad bit of texture. Vintage reclaimed wooden panels also work for a bedroom space, especially if you want to create a fancier, classic look. 
  • Dining Room: In the dining room, look into including some wood wall décor that typically isn’t considered art and hang it up for functional purposes! For example, a chic wooden wine rack would be perfect for entertaining guests and also has an interesting aesthetic about it!

Wood wall décor is one of the best ways to cultivate that perfectly imperfect rustic look for your home! Whether you’re looking to make each room a completely different style or you want something more cohesive, decorating with wooden art accents brings a freshness to each space and adds personality as well. For more wood wall hanging options, check out the Old Time Pottery Website!


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