Farmhouse decor and decorating style reflect a slower, more relaxed pace of life in the country. Farmhouse decorating is all about simplicity and keeping things organic. The finer details matter with this approach, and it works best when elements incorporated portray a rustic, minimal and cozy feel.

Old is gold and it’s good to keep things as authentic as possible. Think exposed beams overhead, distressed woods, natural textures, floral curtains, vintage and whitewashed decor, a neutral color palette, galvanized metal accents, salvaged goods and implementing raw and organic materials in the foundation.

Forego clutter and be selective in where items are placed. Bring the outdoors in with houseplants, preserved wreaths, and herb gardens. When in doubt, fill a mason jar with fresh flowers to complete the look for any space. When it comes to colors, neutral hues create a calming space; linen and cotton upholstery reinforce this laid-back style. Rustic wood furniture and galvanized metal finishes add to the lived-in feel. Image above via: Architectural Digest.

Directly below the following images find a step-by-step guide on how to decorate with Farmhouse style in your own home including information on how to design a Farmhouse living room, dining room, and bedroom. Article by Interior Designer Tracy Svendsen


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Farmhouse Style Decorating

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

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This beautiful farmhouse images shown above are in the home that belongs to Jamie from Whitetail Farmhouse. Jamie lives in a small town in southeast Texas in a white farmhouse with a red barn that is surrounded by beautiful oaks and pines alongside hydrangeas, wisteria, and jasmine. Her goals were to “create a kitchen that stayed true to the farmhouse kitchens of the past, yet with modern amenities included for function and ease.”

She studied farmhouse kitchens from the past and noticed similar elements such as beadboard, shaker cabinets, farmhouse sinks, and oversized plate racks. Her version of farmhouse design included those elements with an updated approach that included wood, white and neutral tones.
Images courtesy of: White Tail Farmhouse

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Another beautiful farmhouse design created by Liz Marie who studied interior design and presently lives in North Carolina. When she’s not working on their fixer-upper farmhouse, Liz works in a boutique filled with vintage finds and home décor in Hudsonville MI.
Images courtesy of: Liz Marie

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Dreamy Whites in an online store that features authentic French farmhouse decor.
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