Farmhouse decorating is characterized as comfortable, casual and cozy, incorporating vintage accessories, textural elements as well as handcrafted furniture. Images directly above courtesy of: Country Living Magazine
How to Decorate Farmhouse Style
1. Design from the ground up
The flooring chosen can make a huge impact on the look and feel of your entire home. If your style has a coastal country vibe to it, consider incorporating whitewashed distressed floors to keep the look light and airy. If you have a classic white kitchen, richly colored warm floors provide a beautiful contrast.
Bare white oak floors are neutral, versatile and fit in almost any farmhouse style home. “White oak has beautiful natural color, so it doesn’t need stain,” says designer Sarah Richardson. Painted floors are another option if you want to instantly add some country appeal.
2. Keep things cozy, casual and comfortable with rustic decor
Give your home a cozy farmhouse feeling by adding distressed finishes, rustic accents and farmhouse decor that have country charm.
3. Details that matter
Be sure to include an eclectic mix of fabrics and textures as well as treasured possessions. Homespun style can be added by a random display of plates on a wall, glass lamp vases and wreath.
4. Include natural materials
While certain elements define the farmhouse style of decorating, including natural materials and rustic decor, incorporating a bright pop of color, such as a vibrant green can add an up-to-date twist of farmhouse charm. Add calming neutrals, such as a cream-colored living room and be sure to use plenty of natural elements like wood furniture and accents such as pinecones and branches.
5. Don’t be afraid to add a few DIY Farmhouse Style decorating elements
There are a lot of well written and informative tutorials with step-by-step DIY Farmhouse Ideas, such as how to create crate planters, drop curtains, how to update old wooden trunks, DIY cookbook stands and tips on distressing furniture. It’s a great way to add a personal touch to your own home – and a fun project for the family.
6. Add antique finds to the mix
Using items such as apothecary cabinets, old signage, reclaimed wood, rustic storage solutions, small bottles – anything with a good patina adds a rustic farmhouse style to the home. Reclaimed wood shelving provides the perfect space to showcase collectibles.
Written by the Editor & Interior Designer for Buyer Select: Tracy Svendsen