Farmhouse Style Decorating

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decorating farmhouse style

As long as our craving for the past and traditional designs continues, farmhouse style décor will remain in the top favorites list. Beautifying homes in farmhouse style is often the result of people’s desire to go back to the bygone days of palatial farmhouses. It also makes us reminisce the past where we led a simpler, uncomplicated life without the many material comforts that we see today. With the grandeur that came with this simplicity, it is no wonder that people still stick to this basic yet alluring style. With functional furniture, eye catching ambience and floral fabrics, this style is vintage yet versatile enough to fit into any modern house. For starters, stop thinking that you need a farmhouse to incorporate this style as any home can be turned into a semi-farmhouse without too much effort. Relying mainly on wooden furniture, most of the farmhouse style homes use very specific colour schemes with great emphasis on green and red. Simple and extremely successful, this decor can also be economical and attractive. If you feel the need to break away from the monotony of modern décor, then opt for this style for a unique look.

Farmhouse Style Home Design Ideas

Wooden Flooring
To create a farmhouse style décor, you can opt for wide wooden planks for the floor. The flooring looks even better when polished and/or painted and can either be left bare or covered sporadically with braided rugs to generate a cozy feeling. Create a checkerboard pattern in the floor using throw rugs, exclusively designed hand-woven rugs and painted floors.

Colour Palettes
Opting for colours which were used in colonial period homes would be an excellent option. Instead of choosing pastels, go for muted and faded shades along with a dull blood red colour. Other colours which look good are muted lime, antique blue and other such rugged colours. Use these colours with a splash of antique white and cream, with bright red and yellow serving as accent colours.

You can mix the upholstered pieces with primitive antique pieces. Put sofas in white slip covers and complement them with a pine farm table to serve as a coffee table. Placing an antique trunk creates a farmhouse atmosphere too. At the foot of bed, you can also keep a worn bench in milk paint to augment this style. For storing canned goods, you can use an old pie safe. Opting for an enamel kitchen table paired with painted chairs would be an excellent option. Decorate the kitchen using work tables, pie safes and buffets. Simple edges and lathe-turned details are typical to a farmhouse kitchen. Adding a few vintage furniture pieces enhances the charm of the room.

Using a homespun blanket to cover the sofa’s backrest gives your living room that cozy and alluring farmhouse signature charm. You can decorate your coffee table by using wooden style boxes to hold items such as sewing materials and playing cards; a wooden cigar box would be a welcome addition too. Hanging baskets and herbs from the beam in the kitchen and decorating your counter using old crocks to hold the kitchen items would also be nice. You can also gather vintage items like porcelain coffee pots and bread boxes and exhibit them on the top of an antique sideboard.

Wall Treatments
Wall treatments can create a great impact on anyone who sees the room. The walls in farmhouses often sport soft and muted shades, washed in off-white or sepia to provide an appearance of an older and worn look. Though homemade drapes and curtains are typical of old farmhouses, you can opt for Roman shades and blinds also to give a modern look.

Gingham And Calico
Opt for Gingham fabric to make chair covers, curtains and kitchen towels. This is a popular plaid pattern used for tablecloths. You can also choose calico, which is made of cotton and is marked by vivid colours and beautiful floral patterns.

Farm Animals
A farmhouse is typically seen as a place with lots of farm animals like ducks, roosters, horses, pigs and geese etc. Incorporating these in farmhouse décor would create an excellent effect. You can have duck items in bathrooms and rooster ones in kitchen with horse topiaries in the garden, if possible. You can also have antique looking wooden horses placed in your living room. Antique farm instruments can be re-modelled for decorative purposes.


    • Farmhouse sinks, with their wide and deep designs, fit into almost all the contemporary kitchen designs. With its clear line and rectangular shape, it goes great with all the cabinet styles and hence, is a welcome addition to any form of kitchen.
    • Adding a slip covered chair and a decorative carpet enhances the softness of the room where you can have meals around a scrubbed table.
    • Placing a vintage style table surrounded with Windsor chairs in tomato red instead of the traditional black, enlivens the room and makes the décor that much more classy and elegant.

Old is gold and when it comes to farmhouse décor, it can even be called diamond. This style has the potential to suck all monotony right out of your geometrically shaped modern abode. If however, you are one of the lucky ones and do have a palatial farmhouse that you can call your own then ignoring this style is like depriving yourself and your house of the best things in the world. Follow the aforementioned tips and make a home that you would love showing off!