Last month we talked about identifying your design style. We promised to focus on popular styles over the coming months to help refine the look you aspire to achieve.
If you answered the style quiz and found you are drawn to warm, calming, neutral colors Prefer clean lines mixed with cozy elements. If you find happiness and comfort by blending the old with the new, while combining practical function, then the modern farmhouse style might be right for you.
Farmhouse architecture originated in Scandinavia and was introduced to the United States in the 1700’s. Farmhouses were built to last even the most severe weather conditions which is why so many are still standing today.
They often boasted wrap around porches, large kitchens, and both functional and formal spaces, separated by double doors or pocket doors to close rooms off or open them up for entertaining. They were also designed this way to create air flow throughout the home.
When you think Farmhouse you think of white exteriors. Lime paint, referred to as whitewashing protected a home from the elements, it was inexpensive, and easy to apply, while giving the exterior a fresh look, which is why many farmhouses had white exteriors. I'm telling you if you have never white washed something give it a try. It's so easy even your kids can partake. Why do you think those picket fences were white?
While your home may not look like a traditional farmhouse on the exterior you can easily create the look on the interior of your home. Today, the modern farmhouse style fuses the interior style of another era with neutral wall colors, natural fabrics, and weathered woods and metals. Like this one from our renovation on Devonshire. This particular home is an 6000 sq ft. 1970's rambler with very formal and traditional exterior finishes original to the home.
To achieve the look start with neutral walls. Some of our favorite colors are Sherwin Williams Steamed Milk (SW7554), Agreeable Gray (SW7029) and Snowfall (SW6000). Other elements like butcher block countertops, apron sinks, and weathered wrapped beams can help complete the canvas of your interior.
The farmhouse era was a time of simplicity filled with charm and character, interiors were an evolution. Consider mixing family heirlooms, found items, and repurposed finds to achieve the look. Slip cover a chair using ticking or grain sack fabric.
Add texture to your walls with wallpaper, barn board or ship lap. Utilitarian pieces used on the farm can be infused into your decor. Perhaps an enamel pitcher as a vase, or a galvanized wash tub to store blankets.
Grab your old sweaters to create texture by making throw pillows. Most importantly, add items that cultivate memories or make you feel happy. Don’t worry about them matching perfectly or fitting a prescribed farmhouse style. Just have fun.
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