How Reclaimed Wood Works with Modern Décor Styles

A fascinating way to inject contrast and interest into a room is by modernizing a more established style. Combining contemporary colors, shapes, and finishes with distinctive elements of a long-standing look makes for a space that is chic and compelling.

Looking at modern versions of classic décor also shows off the versatility of our favorite material. People often pigeonhole reclaimed wood as “rustic,” but we know it’s so much more. Here are some examples of how reclaimed wood works with a wide range of modern décor styles.


Modern Coastal

Coastal means white and bright, comfortable and laid-back, simple and restful. This room is definitely coastal in color scheme, with touches of ocean blue, palm green, and fuchsia. The coffee table’s solid profile anchors the conversation area. Its contours are highlighted by pieced wood that evokes the weathering effects of salt and sand.

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Our Swell Chair sports a coastal silhouette, with reclining seat back and sloped armrests. The bright mélange of colors makes these pieces unmistakably modern.

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Modern Victorian

The Modern Victorian style is characterized by ornate detail tempered with punchy modern elements. The millwork in this vignette is classic and elegant. When the bold energy of the Stargazer Mirror is brought in for contrast, the space moves from neutral to magnetic.

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Here the intricate cabinetry and chandelier, along with the regal dark floors, are enlivened by the transparent chairs and rugged wood dining table.

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Modern Industrial

Reclaimed wood, which draws attention to itself thanks to its irregular color and finish, is a great contrast to the smooth concrete, glass, and chrome of industrial décor. The modern touches here include the warm caramel tones of the dining chairs and the soft surfaces of the sofa and lounger.

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Modern Retro

The 60s and 70s could be over the top, so modernizing their look involves toning it down by selecting just one or two memorable elements. In this living room, the chrome of the Rising Tide Coffee Table is echoed in the white leather couch, which has a low wide retro profile. The brightly painted wood calls back to neon color schemes.

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This child’s room makes great use of retro color blocking on the walls, floors, and furniture. The Guppy Love Bench gives playful reference to pop art and the Summer of Love.

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Modern Traditional

This last style is perhaps the most subtle, but we couldn’t leave it out. With Modern Traditional, you’ll see elements of the turn-of-the-century farmhouse and shaker-inspired furniture like these spindle-backed chairs. But you’ll also see two-toned tables like this one, with a natural reclaimed wood top and black framing. You’ll see contemporary colors like grey and pale yellow. And a cushion on the bench for warmth and comfort.

Source: Emily Henderson Design


Seeing reclaimed wood in these many different rooms, with wildly different moods and callbacks to different eras, really inspires our creativity. We hope you are excited to incorporate some of our pieces into your modern décor too.

Megan Risdon

CEO EcoChic

Megan Risdon is the CEO of EcoChic Lifestyles. She was inspired to found the company when she discovered the possibilities for crafting art furniture from colorful fishing boat wood.