Hey hey my friends! Today I’m sharing 10 ways to get that lovely farmhouse style in your home. Every now and then I get a question over on my Instagram feed that sparks an idea for a blog post. Well recently someone commented on one of my photos and asked what I would suggest for anyone wanting to transition to a farmhouse look. That got my mind racing with lots of different ideas, so I put some notes together and came up with a little crash course on how to get the look in your own home!
In my view, farmhouse style doesn’t mean you actually live on a farm. However, it does mean you are decorating and styling your home with a simple and practical mindset that often comes with living the country life. Instead of bright and flashy decor, you’re looking for soothing color combinations, natural elements, and texture. Keep in mind, these are my personal opinions and definitely not rules. Farmhouse style is open to interpretation, these are simply the common trends I’ve found in my own little farmhouse.
1. Neutral Colors on the Walls
The first step in achieving a farmhouse look is definitely neutral paint colors. Avoid dark or bright colors and also try to keep from painting each room a different color. Choose a soft beige, cream, or even gray–it doesn’t have to be white. Having a light color on the walls sets the tone for the farmhouse look. And keep the walls all within the same color scheme is calming and helps blend everything together. If you’re looking for a great paint color, I shared my favorite paint color ever here: the painted nest.
2. Incorporate Dimension
If you want a big change, find a way to add beadboard, shiplap, or wainscoting into your home. One thing you’ll notice about a lot of farmhouse style homes it that the walls are full of dimension and texture. In fact, many true farmhouses were full of real, rustic shiplap. Try starting small and consider adding beadboard to the walls in your bathroom, shiplap (or planked walls) in your living room, or maybe wainscoting in your dining room. You all know I love a good planked wall, like this one I recently completed in our master bedroom.
3. Mix Old and New Elements
I’m a big fan of mixing old, vintage items with the new and fresh. For example, instead of using a standard vase for your flowers or greenery, try using something unexpected and vintage–like this old flour sifter. Incorporating the old and using it in a practical sense is a big factor in farmhouse style.
4. Avoid Dark Colors
Along with light colored walls, try to avoid a lot of dark colors in your decor if you’re looking to achieve a farmhouse look. Most of my decor is full of neutral colors–and I generally avoid things like red, orange, etc. However, this doesn’t have to be definite rule. In fact, I do incorporate yellow and sometimes even black, but I use those colors sparingly.
5. Decorate with Wire Baskets
I recently did an entire post dedicated to decorating with wire baskets. I think wire baskets are a simple and easy way to get a rustic, farmhouse feel in your home. And there are so many possibilities! Try adding a few to the wall, or even using a large one to store a few pillows in your living room. Check out that post for more ideas and suggestions on great wire baskets like these on Amazon.
6. Incorporate Wood
Try adding wood in various forms into your decor for a more rustic, farmhouse look. I personally love antique washboards and spindles. Or you could even use old wood to make a sign, like the bakery sign I recently made using salvaged wood from my childhood home. Or if you’re not into DIY, check out this farmhouse sign (pictured below) from House of Boys and Beauty. This was made on wood from a farmhouse in Montana!
Also try looking for local sellers that use barnwood to build tables or other home furniture. That’s how we found our kitchen island, which is made with restored barnwood. (Read the whole story of our kitchen island here.) I love the look and feel of this piece.
7. Farmhouse Light Fixtures
One of the fastest and easiest ways to change the feel of any space is with a light fixture. We recently added this DIY farmhouse inspired light fixture to our breakfast nook and it really did change the look and feel of this room. Such a simple change, but an easy way to achieve any particular decor style. If you’re in the market for a new light, be sure to check out this great list of farmhouse light fixtures at Liz Marie Blog for several awesome ideas.
8. Paint Old Furniture
If you have any old furniture that is looking worn out or simply adding too much color/darkness to your home, try painting it a lighter shade like white or gray. If you’re brand new to painting furniture, you will not believe the transformation. Now keep in mind, this doesn’t always work for everything, and some furniture is better left in its natural color. However, I’ve found that keeping your furniture within the same color scheme really pulls the entire room together–kind of like having your wall colors match. I recently chalk painted this old dresser and I love how it made this piece blend in so much better with the entire room.
And one of my favorite pieces in our home is this vintage tallboy dresser I bought at a local antique shop. I got a great deal on it plus it was already painted this lovely shade of blueish gray. It’s such a beautiful piece.
9. Add in Distressed Furniture
You all know I love a good piece of distressed furniture. And one of my very favorite elements of farmhouse style is the use of old doors and windows. We have a few, but this old door is probably my favorite–it’s like we brought a piece of an actual farmhouse into our own home. From the old, antique door knob to the chippy white paint, I just love her.
10. Leave the Mall
Lastly, I would say one of the best tips on getting farmhouse style is to simply avoid shopping at the mall. Instead of shopping at your typical box stores, seek out your local antique shops and thrift stores. Now don’t get me wrong, I love Target just as much as anyone, but I find my best home decor at unique places, even auctions and farm sales. So avoid decorating your entire home with mass produced items, and instead use those stores to help fill in the gaps. Go and and search for something unique. If farmhouse style is your goal, collect old, vintage pieces with stories, history, and meaning. I promise, you will love the feeling of warmth it adds to your home.
Thanks so much for stopping by. I hope this helped give you a few ideas on how to get farmhouse style in your own home!