In a survey of over 1,000 Americans, the #1 home trend of 2017 was Modern Farmhouse. 1/3 of them said it was their favorite interior design look. Modern farmhouse style is so much more than a decorating decision, it’s a feeling you imbue into your space. The feeling is reminiscent of the good ‘ol days of long summer days in jean overalls at the creek, fresh laundry hanging on the line and ice-cold lemonade on the front porch.
Modern farmhouse takes the simple pleasures of yesteryear and adds a hint of sophistication without trying too hard. It creates living spaces where family and friends feel unhurried and relaxed.
Read on for a step-by-step guide on how to achieve the modern farmhouse look and feel in each room of your house.
Modern Farmhouse Elements
Before we walk you through how to add modern farmhouse decor into each room of your house, let’s go over some of the basics. The inspiration from this interior decor trend comes from rural 20th century American farmhouses. Clean lines and minimal but warm decor are a must. White is the number one color choice for this palette but it also incorporates high contrast by using black and creams and wood elements. The essence of nature and outdoor gardens must make an appearance to truly master the essence of a modern farmhouse look.
Here is a list of some of the elements you can use to create your perfect modern farmhouse look.
- Reclaimed wood
- mixed metal accents and hardware
- salvaged furniture
- Wide plank floors
- Vintage accessories
- organic materials like stone, wicker, and rattan
Before you start buying furniture and accents, choose a neutral palette that works well with your home and it’s layout. Next, choose one color you want as an accent and use that in each room to make a cohesive unity throughout your house. Accent colors that work particularly well are navy blue, butter yellow and deep green. Natural wood tones are essential. They also add a glorious texture that ensures that your space doesn’t feel muted or flat even if it is white.
First, let’s talk dining room table. This will be the focal point of the room. You’ll want a large, rustic wood table (bonus points if you DIY). Modern farmhouse is all about comfort so you’ll want cozy hairs that are not elegant or show-room ready. Be free to have mismatched chairs and a combination of chairs and benches. A combination of new, salvaged and hand-me-down dining chairs will give you the ideal farmhouse look. Add another wooden furniture piece such as a hand-painted hutch or sideboard. Put your grandma’s teacups and saucers in the hutch and display some greenery on the sideboard. Replace your existing lighting if necessary with industrial pendant lights. If you are planning on making changes to walls, consider adding wainscotting, crown molding shiplap, and board and batten to lend extra charm to this space.
The ideal color for your farmhouse kitchen walls and cabinets are white. But you can also go for a painted wood cabinet. In this space, you’ll want to keep items to a minimal. Clean countertops with elements of nature placed sporadically will make your kitchen a haven. Modern farmhouse incorporates as much of nature as possible. So cut some flowers, branches or greenery from your garden (or from the local garden store) and put them in water in mason jars or pitchers on your windowsills, counters and tabletops. Consider adding open floating wooden shelves with white pitchers and crockery on open display against one wall.
One of the most common prints in modern farmhouse decor is buffalo check. Sew your own kitchen valence in this lovely print for a big wow. There are even no-sew curtain tutorials if you don’t have a sewing machine. One of the best things about modern farmhouse decor is the art. Distressed, wooden signs boasting fresh eggs for 10 cents and pictures of cows, roosters and the lot abound.
Ah! The heart of the house. And once you make this space contemporary farmhouse, it will be the place in your home that everyone gathers in. Like the dining room table, a rustic coffee table is one of the best ways to make this style cohesive in your space. It is functional and eye-catching. Look for one that is large, sturdy and made of wood. You want it to look like you made it yourself. For example, check out this pallet coffee table. A distressed coffee table means that when kids or pets add nicks and dents, the charm is just increased. Wear and tear is a welcome addition to your modern farmhouse style. Add a serving tray with flowers in a vase or small potted plant. A few family-favorite books can’t hurt either.
In this room, you can have fun with the classic modern farmhouse fabric prints – stripes. Accent cushions, throws, curtains or other accessories in stripes embody the relaxed, casual energy you want in your home.
Other accessories you can add to the house are earthy woven or wire baskets. These are both convenient places to store remote controls, knitting or greenery. A wood blanket ladder in an empty corner will be just the ticket.
To make your bathroom flow seamlessly with the rest of the modern farmhouse interior, focus on your accents. There’s not much you can do about the tub, the toilet, and vanity but you can rework the light fixtures, the art, the paint colors and the decor. Metal canisters and bins can be used to hold extra rolls of toilet paper, soaps, towels and so on. Don’t forget your natural element in this room. Add a plant on the floor if you have the floor space or on the sink if you don’t.
The best thing about modern farmhouse style in the bedroom is that it makes this room just so cozy. Perfect for lazy summer mornings with breakfast in bed and cozy winter nights with a good book. If you don’t need a new bed, don’t worry. You can work with what you have. You’ll need to make the wall behind the bed the focal point. Shiplap across the whole wall is cozy and eye-catching. If that’s not doable, opt for a quality shiplap-design wallpaper.
Or you could hang three vintage round mirrors on wrought-iron hooks over the bed. An oversized mirror behind window panes surrounded by salvaged window shutters is to die for.
Or go with a simple green wreath favorite saying in a large wood frame.
Combine textures where possible such as a wire laundry basket with a canvas lining. A wicker trunk at the end of the bed to store extra blankets is perfect. Choose a bedside light that has a metal industrial base with a soft canvas or burlap shade. Select a neutral beige, brown, grey or white bedspread. Throw in some homemade (looking) pillow shams with lots of texture. Ruffles, patterns, and fringe all get a green light. Quilts and farmhouse go together like peanut butter and jelly. Fold one at the foot of the bed. Add a thick throw at the foot of the bed in the same neutral palette.
For your blinds stick with white long drapes, wooden roman blinds or with buffalo check or striped curtains. On of the side walls you could make a gallery wall or install three wooden floating shelves to display some framed art, greenery and other farmhouse decor pieces.
We love the idea of a banyard door on industrial pipe instead of a door leading to the closet or the washroom. Heck, you can put one up on a wall just because it looks that good. A pair would even make a fantastic headboard.
If you are purchasing a new bed, a large four-poster in pine is just the thing. Or you can also go with one with a large headboard or a bed with on old-fashioned metal headboard and footboard.
Final Thoughts on Modern Farmhouse Style
Cheerful, humble and utterly livable are the main factors in modern farmhouse. It’s similar to cottage style but with more a splash of warm industrial elements.
Always keep this in mind as you choose anything for your space.
Modern farmhouse is trending right now which means it’s easy to find something you’ll love for each room of your house. Don’t worry too much about how soon this will go out of style.
As you create a blissfully liveable and comfortable space, you will find you are living life more fully and freely. And that’s not something that will ever go out of style.