The farmhouse style, whether classic, old, rustic, or traditional, has historical significance in America. Adopted from the farmhouses of early residents, this style mimics the look and feel of days gone by. It incorporates simple and minimalist decor that is influenced by the environment of the farmhouse residents and their need for sturdy and functional furniture.
Features of the classic farmhouse style
Natural wood accents: Wood was abundant, so building materials were natural. Farmhouses usually had paneled wooden walls, wide plank floors, and exposed wooden beams. The classic style of modern farmhouses often uses barn boards for embossed ceilings and butcher blocks for tables.
Apron Sinks: There’s nothing quite like a farmhouse sink with an apron. In a vintage farmhouse, this sink is usually Chinese.
Vintage furniture and accessories: an easy way to decorate a classic farmhouse is to use old furniture. It is better if they are not in excellent condition and may even have worn covers. Classically inspired lighting looks ideal in a classic farmhouse.
Traditional fabrics: decorative fabrics tend to be floral and flowery, and upholstered furniture gives new life to old furniture.
How the modern farmhouse differs
Modern farmhouse design takes the style of cozy and quiet farmhouses and adds modern touches like smooth lines, glossy accents, and neutral color schemes. It’s less rustic and more sophisticated, using modern design elements like stainless steel appliances, granite counters, and stylish lighting.
How to achieve the modern farmhouse look
Practicality: furniture and accessories should be comfortable and functional. They should welcome you into the space and nothing should be so valuable that you use it regularly. The room should look like it has evolved.
A neutral color palette: Choose a neutral color palette to make the room feel fresh and open. Cool or warm neutral colors like cream, beige, silver, and gray are good for balancing natural elements. Keep the patterns simple and modern and add depth to the neutral palette with different textures.
Mixed and matched: Combine furniture, especially old and new. Classic furniture is original and new furniture offers more comfort and ease. Also, combine traditional natural elements like wood with newer elements like stainless steel.
Natural elements: Stick to natural materials as much as possible. Continue the process of classic farmhouses with damaged wood in architectural features or furniture, but also use natural fibers like cotton, sisal, willow and wicker, and natural stone.
Modern and industrial accents: In a modern farmhouse, the apron sink and appliances are usually stainless steel. Bring in industrial-style metal items like modern light fixtures and mid-century modern furniture like teak dining table sets into your chic setting.
Minimalism: You want to create a cozy, not cluttered space, so keep accessories to a minimum. Remember that modern or industrial elements will help change the style of the current farmhouse!
Industrial lighting fixtures: nothing reflects the style of the wooden house furniture. But if you are not careful, all-natural furnishings can easily create a strong arts and crafts atmosphere. If you want to upgrade your esthetic with modern touches but do not want to diminish the charm of rural farmhouses, take a look at the ceiling. Hanging lights made of modern steel or iron will draw the eye upward without overpowering the neutral color scheme.
Warm Wooden Furniture + Decor: In the early years of farmhouse living, decorative materials and furniture other than wood were often scarce or hard to come by – and all-wood furnishings were common. To recreate this organic look, use wood wherever you can. When it comes to decorative elements, look for unexpected designs, such as porter lamps, to take advantage of modern effects.
Architectural silhouettes: modern farmhouses, rural part, contemporary part, old part, have a great variety. Do not be afraid to combine pieces from other styles – especially those that incorporate the charm of wood and metal into farmhouse decor (such as architectural stools).
Sky blue + fresh: the white color every day, imitating the bright blue and white of the open, apartment sky, will give you the feeling of long summer days.
How did the modern farmhouse become so popular?
With designs that make everyday life cheerful, remind us to smile a little more, and help us become better copies of ourselves, escape is a good thing. (While the escape is a good thing, it’s not the only thing. Interior design, the farmhouse, etc., are also about living in the present. It’s about practicing the habit of attention – a habit formed at home and broken by the things we choose to surround ourselves with).
If modern farmhouses are the opposite of urban life, and if urban life is a manifestation of social life, it can be said that modern farmhouses are (in a sense) antisocial. If we take the countryside as a metaphor, it is a vast agricultural area. From pastures to roads, from barns to homes, the farm occasionally takes on the crowded population. And its popularity is reflected in the fact that people seek tranquility – both in themselves and at least in their decoration.
Good or bad is nostalgia. The desire for a slower pace of life, purification from materialism. A modern farmhouse is fundamentally not just a decorative milk jug here and there. It is a way of life.