What is farmhouse décor?
Farmhouse style has been around for decades. And while it might bring up images of grandma’s place and (*cough*) farms, the farmhouse look has definitely evolved. “Modern Farmhouse” was rated the number one décor trend in the US in 2017 – and we Australians can only support this: Our love for a look that is welcoming and humble, but also cosy and polished, shows no sign of slowing down.
So whether you are planning to bring the farmhouse look to life with an elegant twist, or a warm industrial element to truly modernise it, we’re going to show you the key elements to introduce farmhouse décor to your interior.
In with the old, in with the new
With people looking to embrace the best of modern, clean, streamlined design, but with the warmth and comfort of a more traditional home, modern farmhouse decor is a perfect way to achieve this. Mixing old and new is part of modern farmhouse style and also holds true if you want to add some elegant finishes.
The Perfect Palette
The colour palette is generally a simple high-contrast colour scheme. Think black, whites and creams, with neutrals and natural finishes playing a strong role. This doesn’t mean you can’t add a pop of colour
though. Soft furnishings
and even contemporary artwork are key to incorporating bolder colours choices.
Bringing the inside, outside
Whether you’ll be looking out over rolling hills or an inner-city courtyard, creating an outdoor space is another way to reference traditional farmhouse style. A hanging chair, some cushions and plenty of planters and you’re on your way!
The Modern Farmhouse Dining Room
A big, rustic wooden table paired with luxe upholstered chairs or modern seating are pretty much compulsory when creating a modern farmhouse dining space. Finish the look with an industrial pendant light and some greenery – bonus points for hydrangeas. You can nudge this look in a more elegant, provincial direction by changing the pendant for a more glamorous chandelier.
Natural Textiles – Oh My!
Too many cushions and throws? No such thing! Layering creates the warm, welcoming feeling this look is well known for. Natural textiles are an obvious choice here to really balance the rustic/luxe elements in a take on modern farmhouse or you can add a touch of country glam for a more provincial, French country feeling.
Industrial - More country cottage, less factory floor
Typically, the modern farmhouse incorporates raw or industrial finishes that reference the farm machinery of days gone by. When ‘warm’ industrial pieces
are paired with abundant cushions and a mix of modern and vintage inspired décor, the look clearly reads as farmhouse chic. Try metal bar stools or pendant lights to introduce the look.
Greenery, Greenery, Greenery
What brings this whole look together? Flowers and greenery. You can make this decidedly easier on both your time and wallet by introducing some
high-quality artificial plants, branches and flowers to bring the outdoors inside, which was the basis of farmhouse style in the very beginning.