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Guidelines for Farmhouse Decor

Updated on July 29, 2019

Having a problem figuring out what you need and where to start to bring a little farmhouse appeal to your home? I’m here to help! Here are a few ideas to bring a mix of clean lines, simplicity and warmth into your home. I’ve outlined some key points to assist.

Light Color Palette

When it comes to the color palette for Farmhouse Décor, tones are soft and muted. White is a popular choice for interior and exterior; however, color can be pulled in to compliment. Neutrals such as shades of beige, taupe, and gray are also a perfect backdrop to for clean lines, natural materials, and antiques. Decide whether warm or cool tones of these colors are right for you. Likely the most common color is what they call “greige” which is a mixture of gray and beige. The color will look beige in some lights and gray in others. One of my favorite “greige” colors is HGTV’s Worldly Gray sold at Sherwin Williams. Tour some historical homes, some themed shops or restaurants and study the color palettes used. Buy a few paint samples and test before you commit.

Wood Floors

Whether it is real wood, laminate, vinyl, or wood grain textured tile, nothing says farmhouse décor more than hardwood floors. It provides a warm interior with a weathered aesthetic. Wide planked flooring, typically four inches wide, is a unique feature of this style. It gives the look the floor came from a barn. Other features include flooring that shows graining and imperfection as well as natural looking. There is a wide selection of different colors and stains to choose from. Consider stains that are just dark enough to give it an aged look, but not so dark you don’t see the graining, imperfections, and character. Finishes should be matte. Farmhouse Décor is creating space that has been lived in and enjoyed. Glossy finishes are more representative of new and contemporary.

Industrial Lighting

This Farmhouse Décor element is a must. Modern lighting diminishes the space that you are attempting to create. Old, rustic, and industrial lighting will be the show stopper of your home. Industrial lights will have a mix of natural materials, metal, wood, and glass. Fixtures to consider are chandeliers, pendants, wall sconces, and floor lamps to pull in the feel of Farmhouse. Look for industrial chandeliers. Mason jar pendants are another option. The lighting industry is catching on to this trend by creating industrial and farmhouse styles including vintage styled “Edison” light bulbs.

Wood Accents

Without a doubt, wood accents are farmhouse, and there are simple ways to bringing these elements into your home. Options include accenting a wall with shiplap, pallet wood, or bead board wainscot. Home improvement stores are catching on to this theme with rough sawn, precut, stained and distressed pallet wood.There are others that have built a business out of reclaiming barn wood. At one point, flea markets were a great resource to find barn wood; however, due to its popularity, it has been increasingly hard to find. Feeling ambitious? Take a barn beam, ceiling tin and barn wood to create a mantle and fireplace surround. Instead of a regular door to your closet or laundry room, barn wood can be used to create one of kind doors. Exposed ceiling beams are another option. Smaller accents including corbels for bookends or a small wooden tool box for a centerpiece or sofa tray for your remotes make unique conversation pieces. Architectural pieces such as shutters, doors and windows can be used as accents or repurposed for other uses.

Painted Furniture

In yester years, everything in a farm home had utility and little of anything was ever thrown away. Everything had a use and was used. If a chair was looking a little worn, they would throw another coat of paint on it. Didn’t like the color that it was before? Paint over it. A key to Farmhouse Décor is recreating this look. The simplest approach is paint. With the right paint and some time, patience and effort, you can create a time worn piece of furniture that is unique to you. It is a hand-me-down, a bargain from an estate sale or a dining room table from Habitat for Humanity Restore with a fresh breath of life. Miss Mustard Seed is my go to paint when I’m refinishing furniture. It comes in a powder form and is as simples as adding water and mix. Other than cleaning the surface, there is no need to prep. It also applies very easily. Results are unique. The paint may crackle or peel giving your piece an aged and well used look.

Mix and Match

It is important to incorporate different textures when decorating with neutral colors. This keeps the space from looking plain, boring and blah. Be willing to mix metals, woods, tiles, stones, bricks, and a variety of fabrics. Subtle and natural textures complete the farmhouse feel.

Accessorize from Ceiling to Floor

Once again, with the neutral color palette mind, accessorizing will keep a space from looking dull and bare. With an open floor plan, you may want to accessorize from floor to ceiling. Be deliberate. Find a balance between tasteful and clutter. A wall collage or gallery of family pictures, message boards and random knick knacks are a few ideas. mason jars, galvanized metal containers, candles, wire baskets, candle holders, and antique books. Another thought is to visit your local flea market or antique shop to find some statement pieces. These can be pictures, antique signs, a tobacco basket, a mirror, a clock, blades of a windmill, wreath, old window etc. Many of these items can be combined to create a unique piece.

Farmhouse Table

What’s a farmhouse house without a farmhouse table? A farmhouse table is practical and simple. It is the centerpiece for kitchen, dining room and in many cases the home. It is a place to visit with family and friends, share stories, reminisce and laugh. Attempt to find or create a piece that reflects family, friends and stories shared.

Farm Sink

What makes a kitchen a farmhouse kitchen? The farmhouse sink. It is also known as an apron sink. It is the single most import element of a farmhouse kitchen. A traditional farm sink has one basin mainly because of the canning they would do back in the day. You are still able to find authentic farm sinks at flea markets and Craigslist. Modern day farm sinks have two basins. You can find farm sinks that are copper, acrylic, stainless steel, cast iron, and fiberglass. They are decorative as well as functional.


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