Ultimate Farmhouse Decor Style Guide (Room-by-Room Photo Examples)

Farmhouse style is all about comfort, security, and coziness. You don’t have to live in the country to have a farmhouse, and you don’t have to have a farmhouse to do your interior decoration in farmhouse style. Farmhouse style isn’t about kitsch. It is about simple, uncluttered design that is fully functional that can give you a sense of life well lived.

Farmhouse living room with a rustic fireplace flanked between a wall-mounted TV and an indoor plant.

Welcome to the Farmhouse home decor style guide where you can see photos of all interiors in the Farmhouse style including kitchens, living rooms, bedrooms, dining rooms, foyers and more.

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Farmhouse Style Interior Examples (by Room)

The following are photo examples of Farmhouse style interiors (room-by-room). Below each photo are links that take you to extensive Farmhouse style photo galleries for each room.

The following examples are from this house (Designed by Chango&Co.).

Living Rooms

This is a bright living room with white wooden ceiling that has white exposed wooden beams matching with the white walls that bring in an abundance of natural lighting through the surrounding tall windows that lighten up the gray comfortable sofas.

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This is a bright living room with a white wooden ceiling that has white exposed wooden beams matching with the white walls that bring in an abundance of natural lighting through the surrounding tall windows that lighten up the gray comfortable sofas.

Kitchens

This brilliant and bright spacious kitchen has a couple of exposed wooden beams on its white ceiling that complements the gray shaker cabinets and drawers of the large L-shaped peninsula and its kitchen island in the middle of the dark hardwood flooring.

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This brilliant and bright spacious kitchen has a couple of exposed wooden beams on its white ceiling that complements the gray shaker cabinets and drawers of the large L-shaped peninsula and its kitchen island in the middle of the dark hardwood flooring.

Dining Rooms

This dining room has a white ceiling dominated by the exposed wooden beams that match the hardwood flooring and the large rectangular wooden dining table surrounded by brilliant red orange wooden chairs and topped with a peculiar modern chandelier.

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This dining room has a white ceiling dominated by the exposed wooden beams that match the hardwood flooring and the large rectangular wooden dining table surrounded by brilliant red-orange wooden chairs and topped with a peculiar modern chandelier.

Bedrooms

This Farmhouse-style bedroom has a gray four-poster bed that matches the fireplace in the corner with a dark gray mantle that stands out against the white walls. This is also contrasted by the large wooden beams of the white cathedral ceiling.

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This Farmhouse-style bedroom has a gray four-poster bed that matches the fireplace in the corner with a dark gray mantle that stands out against the white walls. This is also contrasted by the large wooden beams of the white cathedral ceiling.

Bathrooms

This charming bathroom has a glass-enclosed shower area that has black frames matching the black flooring tiles that contrast the white walls and white ceiling. This is adorned with a wooden beams and a pair of black semi-flush mount lights.

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This charming bathroom has a glass-enclosed shower area that has black frames matching the black flooring tiles that contrast the white walls and white ceiling. This is adorned with wooden beams and a pair of black semi-flush mount lights.

Entry Halls

This is a beautiful and simple welcoming foyer with a pair of red wooden main doors that have glass panels on them bringing in an abundance of natural lighting to the dark hardwood flooring and white shiplap ceiling bearing pendant lights.

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This is a beautiful and simple welcoming foyer with a pair of red wooden main doors that have glass panels on them bringing in an abundance of natural lighting to the dark hardwood flooring and white shiplap ceiling bearing pendant lights.

Farmhouse Style Home Landscaping

This landscaping is perfect for those house parties and Sunday barbecues. The well-manicured lawn of grass is more of a functional outdoor area that can be used for every occasion. The lawn and the short shrubs are more of a complement to the house exterior rather than catch the attention themselves.

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This landscaping is perfect for those house parties and Sunday barbecues. The well-manicured lawn of grass is more of a functional outdoor area that can be used for every occasion. The lawn and the short shrubs are more of a complement to the house exterior rather than catch the attention themselves.

Farmhouse Home Exterior Examples

Check out these spectacular homes showcasing the Farmhouse style architecture.

1. Spacious Single Family Three Bed Farmhouse

Spacious Single Family Three Bed Farmhouse

This is a charming Farmhouse-style home with A-frame roofs and white frames to its glass windows that stand out against the gray house exterior walls with shingles. This matches with the dark gray roof of this home that seems to grow from the grassy hill.

Spacious Single Family Three Bed Farmhouse

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This is a backyard view of the house. You can see here that it is filled with warm yellow lights cascading from its wide glass windows that offer a view of the lush green landscaping surrounding the house with a lovely stone walkway on the side.

2. The Grayson, a Contemporary Home by Webb & Brown-Neaves

The Grayson, a Contemporary Home by Webb & Brown-Neaves

This bright home welcomes the sunrise with its bright exterior walls and warm welcoming lights coming to the interiors. There is a charming second-floor balcony that has a white trellis above it and white railings that match with the fence of the ground floor.

The Grayson, a Contemporary Home by Webb & Brown-Neaves

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This side view of the house features all the large outdoor spots that this house has. It has another large balcony on the second floor with an A-frame roof and a large stone column for the chimney. This stands out amidst all the white elements of the home.

3. Two-House Compound with Pool on Nantucket

Two-House Compound with Pool on Nantucket

This beautiful home has textured exterior walls with shingles. The walls on the ground floor have a pink hue while those of the second floor has an off-white hue that goes well with the dark roofing materials. These exterior walls are adorned with brilliant windows.

Two-House Compound with Pool on Nantucket

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This backyard view showcases the pool that could be accessed from the house through large glass doors brilliantly lit with warm yellow lights augmented by the outdoor fireplace that warms up the patio that has a large TV mounted on the red brick wall.

4. Hamptons Family Getaway by Chango & Co.

Hamptons Family Getaway by Chango & Co.

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This bright and white Farmhouse-style home has two floors filled with wide glass windows that stand out against the white exterior walls. These are complemented by the A-frame roof with a distressed light gray tone. The house forms an L-shape that makes room for the backyard pool.

5. 3-Bed Modern Farmhouse with Two-story Great Room

3-Bed Modern Farmhouse with Two-story Great Room

This brilliant front view of the house showcases multiple A-frame roofs giving it a unique aesthetic pairing of white exterior walls and gray roofing that also matches the brick walls that adorn certain low points of the foundation of the house.

3-Bed Modern Farmhouse with Two-story Great Room

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This side view of this lovely home offers more of those gray brick walls. It also forms a column that reaches up to form a chimney that blends with the gray roofing. This is paired with tall tinted windows that mirror the bright blue sky.

6. 5-Bed Luxury Modern Farmhouse with Private Apartment

5-Bed Luxury Modern Farmhouse with Private Apartment

The dark gray roofing of this Farmhouse-style home works well with the beige exterior walls that stand proud and offer history in its traditional look. This home is surrounded by a lush landscape filled with green lawns of grass and towering pine trees.

5-Bed Luxury Modern Farmhouse with Private Apartment

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This view of the house offers a closer look at the wide well-manicured lawn of grass in the backyard. There are also some shrubs planted by the stone steps leading to the house that has large sliding glass doors on the side leading to the living room.

7. Newly-Constructed Home with Pristine White Exterior

Newly-Constructed Home with Pristine White Exterior

This neat and crisp-looking home is a nice fusion of modern elements with the Farmhouse-style. It has a tall A-frame roofs with a light gray tone that complements the white exterior walls. This is contrasted by the large glass windows that span two levels of the left section of the house.

Newly-Constructed Home with Pristine White Exterior

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This modern Farmhouse-style home has a concrete driveway leading to a white garage door topped with wall-mounted lamps near the low A-frame roof. There is also a small white wooden gate on the side that would lead to the property.

8. Single-Story Sherman Oaks Home with Open Floor Plan with Soaring High Ceilings

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This charming home has a concrete walkway lined with small colorful flowers that makes the short walk to the entryway enjoyable. This view of the home show three white A-frame roofs with the left one above the two-bay garage, the middle above the entryway and the right has two windows looking over the lawn.

9. Traditional East Coast Charm Blends with European Finishes

Traditional East Coast Charm Blends with European Finishes

The navy blue twilight sky sets a nice background for this beautiful wooden home with a unique roof that serves the home like a crown, giving the house character and personality. There are various windows on the second floor that shows a bright interior.

Traditional East Coast Charm Blends with European Finishes

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This view showcases the colorful front lawn of the house. It is lit with yellow lights and provides a colorful background for the gray concrete walkway leading to the small porch and entryway that has wall-mounted lamps the same as the ones flanking the garage door.

10. Eco-Friendly Bungalow with Soaring Ceilings, Wide-Plank French Oak Floors, and Accordion & French Doors

Eco-Friendly Bungalow with Soaring Ceilings, Wide-Plank French Oak Floors, and Accordion & French Doors

This is a Farmhouse-style home that has a fence made of a low concrete wall that also doubles as a plant box for the tall bushes that serve as a live fence. This is paired with a dark gray metal gate with gray concrete steps leading from the sidewalks to the house that has a gray roof.

Eco-Friendly Bungalow with Soaring Ceilings, Wide-Plank French Oak Floors, and Accordion & French Doors

This is a view of the home just inside the front gate and you can see here that the exterior walls are white and has an elegant finish paired with wall-mounted lamps and a wide part of the wall dominated by glass doors that are complemented by the wooden walkway.

Eco-Friendly Bungalow with Soaring Ceilings, Wide-Plank French Oak Floors, and Accordion & French Doors

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The folding glass doors open to a largely white interior with a white cathedral ceiling that has recessed lights and pendant lights. This is complemented by a large beige flooring that is dominated by various white furniture.

11. Luxury Home with Windows Throughout and High-End Finish

Luxury Home with Windows Throughout and High-End Finish

This is an aerial shot of the charming home that has a wide concrete gray driveway that leads to three garage doors with a wooden hue. This makes it stand out against the light blue house exterior walls and it also matches the decorative panels on the side of the windows.

Luxury Home with Windows Throughout and High-End Finish

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This is a backyard angle of the house showing the well-maintained healthy grass lawn that gives a brilliant green contrast for the light hues of the house exteriors that has a couple of wall-mounted lamps flanking the large glass sliding doors leading to the dining area.

12. Single-Story Home Featuring Wide Plank Floors and Soaring Ceilings

Single-Story Home Featuring Wide Plank Floors and Soaring Ceilings

The gray concrete walkway and driveway both have green accents that emphasize the lines of the concrete blocks. These leads to the house lit with warm yellow lights of the wall-mounted lamps flanking the garage doors and the main door that has glass panels on it.

Single-Story Home Featuring Wide Plank Floors and Soaring Ceilings

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This backyard showcases the brilliantly lit swimming pool. Although it is small in size, it makes up with beauty. It has a concrete walkway surrounding it that has the same green accents as the driveway and can be enjoyed while on the sitting area that has cushioned furniture.

13. Westport Modern Farmhouse by Chango & Co.

Westport Modern Farmhouse by Chango & Co.

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The brilliant white walls of this Farmhouse-style home is counterbalanced by the gray gable and valley roof that matches with the gray stone fence surrounding the property that has wide lawns of grass with shrubs and medium-sized trees.

14. Encino Woods’ Modern Farmhouse with Stunning Wood Details

Encino Woods’ Modern Farmhouse with Stunning Wood Details

This home has a unique look at its front facade that is predominantly gray with an elegant finish. This is accented by the second-floor sections that have wooden walls and wide A-frame roofs. This view also showcases the colorful and lush front lawn that seems to blend into the walkway and driveway.

Encino Woods’ Modern Farmhouse with Stunning Wood Details

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This is an aerial backyard shot of the home that has gray walls and gray roofs that are complemented by gray concrete walkways leading to the lawn of well-manicured grass and the blue swimming pool with lawn chairs and a picnic table at the side.

15. Single-Level Home with Dramatic Vaulted Beam Ceiling, French White Oak Flooring, and Shiplap Detailed Walls

Single-Level Home with Dramatic Vaulted Beam Ceiling, French White Oak Flooring, and Shiplap Detailed Walls

This is the sidewalk view of the Farmhouse-style home. The property is separated from the concrete sidewalk by a low wooden fence that is more for aesthetic purposes rather than safety. The sidewalk blends with the walkway and driveway towards the white exterior of the house that is surrounded by lush landscaping.

Single-Level Home with Dramatic Vaulted Beam Ceiling, French White Oak Flooring, and Shiplap Detailed Walls

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This two-story home has a white exterior and a U-shape to it that makes way for a concrete staircase in the middle that leads down to a lawn of grass that is perfect for those Sunday barbecues and parties.

16. Beach Chic Farmhouse Home with Great Ceiling Heights, an Open Layout, and Multiple Outdoor Patios

Beach Chic Farmhouse Home with Great Ceiling Heights, an Open Layout, and Multiple Outdoor Patios

The wooden garage door is big enough for two vehicles. It is flanked by a couple of wall-mounted lamps that are augmented by the welcoming yellow lights coming from the brilliant interiors. This works well with the off-white exterior walls and flat roofs.

Beach Chic Farmhouse Home with Great Ceiling Heights, an Open Layout, and Multiple Outdoor Patios

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This backyard view showcases a large balcony on the second floor that has a glass wall for perfect viewing of the lush lawn of grass that leads to the large swimming pool with lights. There are also a couple of third-floor balconies that form a terrace with its smaller size.

17. Custom-Built Home with Floor-to-Ceiling Glass Sliding Doors and Shiplap Walls

Custom-Built Home with Floor-to-Ceiling Glass Sliding Doors and Shiplap Walls

This beautiful house has a wooden facade on its second level that is contrasted by the charcoal black A-frame roofs. This matches the black lower level of the house and together with the warm welcoming yellow lights give it a unique aesthetic.

Custom-Built Home with Floor-to-Ceiling Glass Sliding Doors and Shiplap Walls

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This backyard view showcases the blue pool that has cascading blue falls in the middle of the lit pool. There are a couple of wooden lawn chairs to enjoy the brilliant view on the small grass lot between the pool and the house that can be accessed through a large entryway lit with warm yellow lights.

18. East Hamptons Style Farmhouse with 2-Story Grand Foyer

East Hamptons Style Farmhouse with 2-Story Grand Foyer

This brilliant home has an A-frame roof on the second floor above the garage that is large enough for two vehicles. It is adorned with trellises above it and a driveway that has a pattern to its concrete finish.

East Hamptons Style Farmhouse with 2-Story Grand Foyer

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This view of the house shows more of its white exterior walls that complement the windows that glow warm yellow from the interior lights. These windows look down on the unique pool surrounded by a lush green lawn and a small playground for the kids on the side.

19. Dutch Modern Farmhouse with Dramatic Vaulted Living Spaces

Dutch Modern Farmhouse with Dramatic Vaulted Living Spaces

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This wide Farmhouse-style home has black exterior walls on its second floor that is dominated by large glass windows that offer beautiful glimpses of the interiors at certain angles. The black walls are contrasted by the white walls of the first floor and the bleached concrete walkway and driveway.

20. Single-Story Modern Farmhouse in Marina Del Rey

Single-Story Modern Farmhouse in Marina Del Rey

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The dark gray garage door matches the wooden main door of the same hue as well as the frames of the tall windows. These elements stand out against the white exterior walls that are illuminated by the various wall-mounted lamps and recessed lights.

What is Farmhouse Home Decor?

No style of home building and home decoration is more American than farmhouse style. Farmhouses, of course, used to be the dominant design for homes of working farmers. Farmhouse style still connotes a connection to the land, to nature, and to independent, rural living. And probably because of the popularity of farm-to-table cuisine, farmhouse style is going through a renaissance in both urban and rural settings.

Farmhouse style is relaxing. It’s restorative. Farmhouses are sturdy and cozy. The farmhouse style isn’t compatible with elaborate millwork, loud colors, or complex layouts. It’s a symmetrical style that is practical, easy to build, and easy to furnish. And you are sure to recognize farmhouse style when you see it.

Interior style features

Farmhouse style is adaptable and inclusive — within limits. The editor in chief of Country Living Kim Leggett put it this way: You can vet farmhouse style by asking yourself whether something wants you to fidget with it or it makes you want to linger and relax. If it makes you want to tinker with it, it’s not farmhouse style. If it makes you want to relax and linger, it probably belongs in your farmhouse.

Authentic farmhouses provide adequate kitchen space. No galley kitchens here. The farmhouse was the place families canned, dried, pickled, and preserved provisions for the whole year. Modern farmhouses always provide ample kitchen space.

Authentic farmhouses provide entertaining space. Every farmhouse had a parlor. This front room provided a space for weddings, christenings, funerals, and reunions, which were generally small gatherings. But every farmhouse has a social room.

In the days when America was a rural nation, family members usually piled into the same bedroom. There would never be more bedrooms than family members before all the children reach adulthood. And farmhouses had certain recognizable features of interior decoration that can be replicated today.

  • Wallpaper was a must. The family might fill in chinks in the beadboard or lumber used to make the wall with cotton or muslin before the wallpaper was laid down. Farmhouse wallpaper usually featured delicate designs and soft papers, in contrast with the more garish and colorful designs popular in the Victorian style.
  • Nothing says “farmhouse” quite like ticking. This striped cotton fabric can still be used for upholstery, throw pillows and curtains.
  • Farmhouses were illuminated with natural light, candles, and kerosene lamps. Even today, farmhouse interiors feature soft lighting.
  • The possessions of a farm family were acquired over time. They told a story. Modern farmhouses still feature eclectic conditions of gently (and not so gently) used furniture and a variety of pots, pans, and crockery, often displayed in cabinets with glass windows. These possessions were stored on shelves, not in overhead cabinets. Why wouldn’t you want all these important elements of your farmhouse’s interior decoration on full display?
  • Farmhouses were usually furnished with furniture that was made rather than bought. Homemade furniture still fits a farmhouse look.
  • In traditional farmhouses, ceilings were low, and doors were narrow. These aren’t features of new construction today.

Exterior style features

Farmhouses often have porches that extend the length of the house. One hundred years ago, these porches were a place to store firewood and to remove muddy boots before coming into the house.

Farmhouses have fireplaces. Traditionally, the fireplace provided warmth and a second cooking area. Today the fireplace is often the focal point of a living room or family room.

Farmhouses almost always have numerous windows. The only way to cool the house during the summer was to open a window, so multiple windows were a must. Windows might have to be sealed with “window cozies” to keep out winter cold.

Close inspection of the exteriors of old farmhouses can yield some interesting details.

It hasn’t always been possible to run down to the home supply store and pick up a few cans of premixed paints in the exact shades you want for your house. Farmhouses typically had wood panel siding that was decorated with paint from a can stirred with a stick. Brushes left brush marks. “Earth paints” emulate this effect today (although you don’t have to stir them with a stick). Stone and masonry features can be offset with gray pants. Blue paints are surely as effective today as they were in the 1800s for shooing away “haints” (wandering spirits). But if you own a farmhouse, you can’t go wrong painting the exterior white.

Furniture style

When you are matching furniture to your farmhouse, think about what the piece would look like if you had to make it yourself. Farmhouse furniture exposes natural, minimally treated wood. There is no intricate millinery. There can be a variety of textures and colors in the fabric used to upholster farmhouse furniture, but all of them are designed for living, not for looking. Farmhouse furniture isn’t stuffy.

GreenForest Coffee Table Round 35.8" Industrial 2-Tier Sofa Table with Storage Open Shelf and Metal Legs for Living Room, Rustic Walnut
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Farmhouse furniture makes the best use of every inch of space in the farmhouse. A coffee table might double as a storage unit.

Every farmhouse would have a sideboard for its dining area. We might use a buffet sideboard as bar storage, but this extra room for setting out dishes of food would have also served as a storage area.

Rustic furniture nearly always works in a farmhouse. You can even buy rustic farmhouse furniture already in a distressed finish.

Powell Furniture 990-332 Parcel 2-Door 2-Drawer Console, White 30" L x 13.75" W x 25.5" H
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You don’t have to create your own furniture from “tree to table,” although you can, but almost any rustic furniture style, even furniture you create from wooden pallets, blends into farmhouse décor.

These guidelines will help you find your unique farmhouse style no matter where your house is built.

  • Color choices should be kept simple. You don’t always have to paint trim a different color. Farmhouse style allows for smooth transitions. It’s OK to use a single calming color, such as alabaster, baby blue, gray, or tan.
  • When you do mix up colors, make sure they are compatible. The decorator’s tool for this task is a color wheel. Colors on opposite sides of the wheel are compatible. Remember, the essence of farmhouse style is to be inviting and relaxing. Your color choices should not draw attention to themselves.
  • Choose a focal point for every entry and every room. It’s fine to be eclectic, but you don’t want to be cluttered. The eyes need a landing point to begin their journey through every room. For the parlor, it might be an interesting sofa or sideboard. For a bedroom, it might be a headboard. For the living room, it might be the fireplace.
  • Remember the rule of three. Odd numbers of collectibles are more aesthetically pleasing than even numbers. Two vases on a table are less pleasing than one or three. Two sofas in your sitting room are less visually attractive than one.
  • Find pieces that speak to you. They don’t’ have to be showy or out there. They just have to reflect your deepest personal preferences.

Materials

Traditional farmhouses were built with the materials farmers could most easily obtain, wood and cloth. Stone and brick might be used sparingly for the fireplace and hearth, but it would be almost unheard of for a farmhouse to be built with brick or stone exterior walls. Even the most luxurious farmhouses were primarily built with wood, with paper for interior decoration.

Farmhouse style is compatible with metal roofs. Metal roofs offer excellent protection against fire, wind, and weather, and may last as long as the house. Their durability matches the spirit of farmhouse design. Shake-style shingle roofs are also practical in many situations, and even asphalt shingles can work, just not rolled roofing in asphalt or hot mix.

Styles that mix well with farmhouse style

Some designers combine farmhouse and boho styles for an edgy feel. Others combine farmhouse and beach styles for an even more relaxing vibe. Woven furniture from the boho movement has found its way into farmhouse design.

Elements of Victorian design can work well in a farmhouse interior. Both farmhouse and Victorian-style lend themselves to picturesque, eclectic collections of furniture, pottery, and lighting fixtures. Victorian cut glass can glisten in a farmhouse buffet. You may even decorate an entire room in the Victorian style in a farmhouse without invoking a clash of design styles. Just don’t get carried away, and don’t mix Victorian and rustic.

It’s possible to go too rustic with farmhouse style. Log cabin style and farmhouse style bear many similarities, but just don’t mix. On the other hand, “rustic” in the sense of hand-hewn is exactly what farmhouse style is all about. The tiny imperfections of handmade furniture and interior décor tell a story, and the farmhouse style can become a great repository of family history.

Brief historic overview of farmhouse style

American farmhouse style grew up in the Midwest in the 1800s. The dominant farmhouse designs followed construction practices promoted by German and Scandinavian immigrant craftspeople, but farmhouses weren’t really thought of as a style. They were more of a way of life. It wasn’t until the late 1800s that farmers had opportunities to buy store-bought furniture, and even wallpaper was more of a twentieth-century innovation.

Conditions on the American frontier were challenging, and everything in a farmhouse had to serve a purpose. The house did more than just keep families out of the weather. It also was a place of comfort and shared history. But resources for ornamentation were limited and all luxuries were small.

About 1930, vast numbers of Americans started leaving their farms for jobs in cities. It was about this time that farmhouses became a “style” of construction and decoration that reminded former farm families of their rural roots. Because the farmhouse style is very practical, it became confused with shabby chic. Both styles utilize distressed materials. But while shabby chic’s distressed materials make a statement, farmhouse distressed materials simply reflect the need to use things until they wear out.

In the second half of the twentieth century, farmhouse style took a sharp turn toward kitsch — the opposite real farmhouse décor. Elements of rural living that weren’t necessarily part of farmhouse style were brought into homes that weren’t on farms. Burma Shave signs, faux painted signs offering eggs for 25 cents a dozen, crockery in the shapes of pigs and chickens, and rooster curtains, all in simple colors such as red, white, and black because of common fixtures in middle-class homes. But all of that went away in the 1990s.

In the twenty-first century, few people have done more to popularize farmhouse style than HGTV’s Chip and Joanna Gaines. Their love of shiplap reflects their choice of a rural lifestyle, and their creation of farmhouse-compatible interior décor has gone a long way to educate the public about the possibilities of farmhouse style. And because farmhouse style has become so popular, it is possible to identify emerging trends in farmhouse decoration:

  • The country style focuses on collections. It can be showy. It is easy to blow your budget when you are decorating in country style.
  • The classic farmhouse is cozy without being cluttered. It is understated but it maintains a certain level of sophistication. Shiplap walls, wide plank floors, country designs, and lots of wrought and cast iron add style without excessive expense.
  • Modern farmhouse style emphasizes earthy colors and pastels. It has dropped the red, black, and white popular 50 years ago. To add bright colors, it’s become fashionable to add flowers.
  • Farmhouse design has always been based on wood. Modern farmhouse design just isn’t a farmhouse with lots of wood.
  • Your great-great-grandma on the farm probably didn’t have subway tile in her kitchen. That’s a modern innovation of farmhouse style. But your great-great-grandparents might have had striped and floral prints, gingham, and lots of design features incorporating bird and cattle images.

Why farmhouse style looks great

When you are in a farmhouse, you are at home. The decoration in your farmhouse isn’t there to impress a design expert. It’s there to make your life more comfortable. Farmhouses capture the stories of our lives and remind us of a life well lived.

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