Cream of the Crop: Six Tips to Get Modern Farmhouse Style

Known for its warmth and simplicity, modern farmhouse style has been steadily growing in popularity.  Combining the cozy farmhouse aesthetic with the clean lines of contemporary design, modern farmhouse style offers a fresh take on country inspired design.  Retaining a certain level of sophistication modern farmhouse style embraces vintage and antique accessories but still keeps them to a minimum.  Part of the popularity of the trend is due to the HGTV show Fixer Upper where stars Chip and Joanna Gaines use farmhouse style as the base for almost all of their home transformations.  Other reasons for its popularity include a bit of a turn away from the starkness of minimalism, and a desire to return to simpler times when the world feels overwhelming.  As more and more people embrace the style we figured we should give some tips on how to create a fabulous modern farmhouse style interior.


Start in Neutral

Farmhouse style has its roots in the country where farmers didn’t have access to the wide array of paint color options we do now.  Because of this the base of modern farmhouse style is a neutral color palette.  White, cream, beige, and gray are all a good place to start when putting together the palette for your space.  You can add some bolder colors as accents but the overall color scheme should be neutral and light.  Earth-tones work best for adding in more color.  Layer in natural wood tones to complete the look.


Bring in the Wood

Speaking of wood, a major aspect of modern farmhouse style is the use of wood.  Wood floors and other architectural details help the space feel more connected to the outdoors.  More authentic farmhouse locations will likely have exposed wooden beams but if you can’t manage that design element there are still plenty of other opportunities for adding wood.  A classic farm table is great way to inject the space with the natural beauty of wood.  Rustic benches, either around the table or in other locations around the home are also a popular modern farmhouse accessory.  If you can find vintage pieces or furniture made from reclaimed wood that suit your needs the look of weathered wood will complete the modern farmhouse aesthetic.  If not, the wood you do bring into the home will age and make the interior look even better over time.


Load Up on Rustic Charm

Vintage or vintage-style decor is a must for modern farmhouse style.  Now’s the time to hit up all those flea markets, thrift stores, and antique shops to find the perfect rustic pieces.  On a farm everything is a little rough around the edges so keep this in mind when searching for vintage finds.  If it’s a little beat up or worn down that just adds to the charm.  As long as a piece is still structurally sound a little wear and tear shouldn’t persuade you from including something in your modern farmhouse space.  Things in a modern farmhouse interior should look well-used and loved.  Chalkboards are also work well with the rustic aesthetic.  Just make sure to not overdo the accessories – you still want your room to have space to breathe.


Include a Touch of Industrial

Farms have machinery on them so a touch of industrial style is completely appropriate to modern farmhouse interiors.  A set of industrial style chairs or stools in the kitchen or dining area will complement the rustic woods and neutral tones in the rest of the space.  Industrial style pendants and lighting are also a great way to inject some industrial into the decor.  Simple and utilitarian these types of pendants are enjoyed by both modernists and farmhouse style fans, meaning they’re perfect for modern farmhouse.  The sleek quality of metals will help accent the rougher natural texture of whatever wood is around.


Mix Textures

The mixing of heavy and light is important in modern farmhouse style so to counter some of the heavy wood pieces make sure to include some soft accessories.  Vintage quilts are certainly a good place to start, and can add some pops of color.  To keep with the rustic theme mix and match the textures of your pieces to get a more authentic feel.  Since the color palette is largely neutral mixing textures will add visual interest that may otherwise be lacking.  With rugsthrow pillows, and other soft accessories feel free to mix fabrics like cotton, canvas, wool, chenille, or burlap.  Low maintenance fabrics will help maintain the casual feel of modern farmhouse style and slip-covered upholstery easy wash-and-wear care is often included.


Embrace Open Shelving

Some people have very strong feelings about open shelving, but open shelving in kitchen and dining areas is one of the basics of modern farmhouse style.  You don’t have to have all of your cabinets be open, even just one or two vignettes of open shelving are plenty to achieve the desired effect.  This open shelving helps display heirlooms or other beloved vintage necessities or accessories.  They add character to the wall and allow for the easy switching of decorations based on season or just mood.  If you’re still worried about objects on the open shelves getting too dirty or knocked down wood-framed glass doors are a suitable compromise.


Modern farmhouse style is becoming so popular because it combines all the charm of rustic, country style with modern, more streamlined sensibilities.  Incredibly flexible, it’s a style that allows you to express personality a bit easier than some other styles and makes room for displaying beloved vintage and antique pieces.  Since an actual farmhouse is out of many people’s reach (and desires), perhaps best of all you don’t have to actually live on a farm to enjoy and employ modern farmhouse style.

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