Newsletter Signup | Subscribe to Magazine

Modern farmhouse style ideas

Don’t worry, farmhouse style doesn’t mean you have to put a cow or a chicken coop in your living room.

By Addy Codispoti

Don’t worry, farmhouse style doesn’t mean you have to put a cow or a chicken coop in your living room. Shows like “Fixer Upper” on HGTV have turned this down-to-earth style into a national phenomenon. Farmhouse style is described as warm, cozy, and welcoming. It’s a way to use simple rustic designs while still maintaining an element of chic. Natural textures such as wood or iron are the backbone of this décor, as well as neutral colors such as gray, cream, tan, and navy. We’ve put together some ways you can add farmhouse elements into your own house while not having to take on an entire remodel.

Rustic ladder • Ladders aren’t only for functional purposes; they can be decorative too. Vintage wood ladders are full of character and charm. They can be a cute and subtle way to add extra storage, too. Hang towels and baskets on it in the bathroom or blankets on it in the living room. These ladders are the perfect sneaky storage hack since they don’t take up a lot of space by leaning against the wall.

Barn doors

Barn doors are so popular for a reason: they save a ton of floor space since they slide along the wall. Go above and beyond the barn door trend with the creative idea in this photo. Use barn doors as a way to separate your bedroom and bathroom and have them double as full-length mirrors. You still achieve the stylish barn door but with an added functionality. Mirrors give the illusion that the room is bigger than it actually is, and you can get a good look at your outfit every morning.

HIGH COUNTRY • An iron bed frame and iron accents add a perfect farmhouse touch. Beautifully grained wood floors and tables enhance the look.

Iron bed frame

When looking to add farmhouse-style pieces to your house, why not start with the most defining feature in your bedroom: the bed. Iron bed frames are one of the most classic pieces you can find. The best part is they come in a variety of colors, such as white, black, baby blue, etc. This simple decor piece adds an abundance of charm to your room while fitting in with any aesthetic.

Iron accents

It’s all about the details here. If you don’t want to commit to the iron bed frame, you can still achieve the farmhouse look with other iron decoratives. Add accents of iron such as light fixtures in your kitchen. The material brings a rustic feel to the space while still remaining classy and sophisticated. Chandeliers work great, as well as wall fixtures and tabletop accessories such as vases or storage canisters. Mix the dark iron in with wood and other light colors to create contrast and make it pop.

Wood and metal

Mixing wood and metal gives off the ultimate farmhouse vibe, not to mention they go together beautifully. The coolness of metal combines with the warmth of wood, creating a stylish and cohesive look to a room. Incorporate metal and wood tables into your kitchen or living room. With so many wood and metal combinations, you are sure to find something that fits into your existing design theme.

Shiplap

If you really want to commit to the farmhouse style, shiplap is the way to go. The design adds intrigue and texture to any space. The wood can be natural or stained, but nowadays white and other neutral colors such as gray are the most popular. The unique thing about shiplap is that it fits in with multiple styles from rustic to contemporary. For a subtle look, decorate one wall with shiplap. Add elements of wood such as a bench, and experiment with greenery to add color and texture to the space.

Exposed wooden beams

If you have a room with high or vaulted ceilings, take advantage of them. Exposed wooden ceiling beams are the quintessential detail when it comes to farmhouse-style homes. The detail adds depth and perception to a room that was once plain and dry. The dark wood with a white ceiling adds the perfect amount of contrast without being too obvious or in your face. If you don’t want to go all out with the wood color, you can paint the beams to match the color of your ceiling. This gives you the illusion and look of wood beams while still giving your room a cohesive look.