Farmhouse design has become very popular recently and is based around a style that is warm and cozy, but with practicality being the guiding rule. It’s a mix of old and new, with colors that are earthy and relaxing. Find out how you can add this look to your home.
Originally, Farmhouse design was literally about adding elements from the farm (whatever was handy or practical) to the interior of the home. But today the style has evolved: items should hearty and not delicate or precious, while maintaining some level of sophistication and style. Some examples are Shaker cabinets combined with stainless steel appliances, or an old harvest table with modern overhead light fixtures.
Your furniture should not look like it was bought at the same store – flea markets are a great starting point. But that doesn’t mean you can't buy a few pieces at a big box store. For instance, a modern sofa can be paired with some vintage chairs you've had reupholstered. Pieces should come from all over the place. Styles and materials can be all mixed up; that's part of the charm.
From a color standpoint, neutral colors are at the core of Farmhouse design. Whites, greys, and beiges provide the foundation. One of the key components of this style is a light, airy atmosphere. If you don’t have a lot of natural light, use bright hues and glossy finishes to help reflect light, as well as use small light fixtures that don’t take up a lot of visual space.