How to Decorate Your Home in Antique Farmhouse Style
So you want that Antique Farmhouse look?
Since I was a little girl I dreamed of living in an old farmhouse, surrounded by farmland and forests...sitting on my front porch sipping my sweet tea and watching the birds fly by. I even imagined what the inside of my antique farmhouse would look like. Perhaps this is a dream that you've had, and even though you and I might not be able to own that antique farmhouse...we can still dream, right?
Let's take a look at the ways that we can decorate our house to reflect our dreams of that old country home in the South. Country home décor is not a difficult thing to find, so check out my tips below on turning your home into that antique farmhouse you've been dreaming of!
Kitchen Country Home Décor Ideas
The first room that I recommend decorating in antique farmhouse-style is the Kitchen, of course! I take my inspiration from my grandmother's kitchen, as she once had it decked out in all antiques with a real wood-burning stove and all.
Depending on how much money you have in your budget, I have broken down my ideas into two categories: expensive and affordable. Check out these ideas below.
Pricier Furniture Options:
- antique or remade ice box
- apron front sink
- wood burning stove (or a remake)
- pie safe
More affordable antique farmhouse pieces for your kitchen:
- Faux Dried hams (hang them from the ceiling or rafters)
- Antique rustic signs (these can be found in so many stores online and there is such a wide variety)
- Antique farmhouse utensils
- Basket or old carton of fake eggs
- Rooster and hen decorations
- Vintage linen handtowels
- Vintage linen tablecloths, placemats, napkins
- Vintage gingham curtains
- Antique Cookie Jars and Canisters
- Primitive kitchen shelf to display your vintage goodies
- Fruit basket hanging from the ceiling
Old Country Kitchens
Where to Shop for the Perfect Country Décor
So now that you have some ideas for easy and affordable antique farmhouse décor, you may want to know where you can find these items. I'll start by saying that the options are endless. It really depends on your willingness to look in unlikely places and keeping an open-mind. Automatically when shopping for antique farmhouse decorations we might think the best place to look would be the antique shop around the corner. But I say, not necessarily. If you want to spend an arm and a leg for authentic antique pieces, go ahead. But if you don't have that kind of money, there are more affordable and convenient ways of shopping for that farmhouse appeal.
First you'll want to give up a couple Saturdays and go yard-saling. That's right. I said it. Make sure you have a pocket of ones, fives, and tens and hit those Saturday morning yard sales! While much of the yard sale items you sift through might be junk, you could very likely find some items that are authentic vintage pieces. And even if you don't find any vintage, you might find something that could be re-purposed to fit into your antique farmhouse décor.
Next, scour your local thrift stores. Again, not always a pleasant experience for everyone but you might just find that one-of-a-kind rustic kitchen shelf or vintage linens you've been searching for. Thrift stores are also great places to find vintage cookware and housewares for a very cheap price.
Once you've exhausted your efforts on thrift stores and yard sales, try shopping online. You're probably excited to hear that tip, aren't ya? Shopping online is convenient and offers a variety of options to dress up your antique farmhouse (or wannabe antique farmhouse). Start out on Amazon, I've listed some really cute rustic/shabby chic options below for your shopping pleasure. Then hit up Ebay for its vintage and country decorations. You'll be sure to find some great deals there. Also, don't forget to scan the vintage category on Etsy.com. I have found some amazing deals on vintage kitchen towels and recipe boxes there.
Don't forget to keep your eyes pealed at Department stores, discount stores such as Marshall's and Ross, the Dollar Tree, and everywhere in between. You never know what you'll find at the most random times! Piece by piece it will come together, and you will be able to create a flash-back in time in your own home (be it a real farmhouse or not).
Add Some Country Appeal to Your Bathroom
Farmhouse style decorating doesn't have to be limited to one room such as the kitchen. You can go wild and make your entire house look like an antique farmhouse. All you need is the right approach, a can of paint, and the right accessories. Once you've conquered your country farmhouse kitchen, move on to the next best room in the house...the bathroom!
Take inspiration from the picture to the right and add a rustic, distressed set of shelves to the bathroom. Place an antique hurricane lamp or lantern on top, and vintage towels on the bottom shelves. If you can find a braided rug, set this in the bathroom as your bath mat instead of those modern shaggy ones you find in your neighbor's bathrooms. Crisp white linens are always a nice touch.
Here are some more ideas for farmhouse decorating in the bathroom:
- white walls with checkerboard tile floors
- distressed sink and shelves
- lion-foot bathtub with pull-around curtain
- vintage tin signs
- large round mirror for over the sink
- bouquet of dried flowers
- antique powder room accessories
- country baskets for extra storage
- white linen curtains
An Antique Farmhouse Bedroom
Can you just imagine what it might have been like to live in Victorian or Colonial times? Technology was lacking, but they sure had some simple good taste didn't they? The comfort, the family memories, and the warmth of every home during those times is unsurpassed even to this day. Why not bring back some of that warmth and decorate your bedroom in antique farmhouse style, too?
What might an antique farmhouse's bedroom have looked like? Just imagine your great granny's bedroom and go older. Take inspiration from pictures of days-gone-by, or take inspiration from other homes decorated in farmhouse style today. Simplicity is key when decorating an antique farmhouse bedroom just the right way. Shabby chic may be a little over the top, so keep it simple with clean and vintage-reminiscent items like:
- solid wood bedroom sets
- crisp, plain-patterned linens on the beds
- gingham or plaid curtains
- homemade quilts on the beds
- wooden chest at the foot of the bed to hold your memoribilia
- old distressed picture frames of family members lining the walls
- antique-style lamps and hurricane lamps on nightstands and dressers
- braided rugs
- rocking chairs
- dried flowers
- don't forget the old-time wash basin and pitcher
Written and copyright © KittytheDreamer (May Canfield), 2013. All Rights Reserved.