First of all, Happy Memorial Day! I know many of you are probably out and about enjoying wonderful holiday festivities right now, but I wanted to go ahead and blog today for those of you that are just hanging out at home like me. We’ve actually had a pretty mellow weekend for the most part, although the majority of Sunday was spent working on our kitchen passthrough. I’m so excited to say it’s finished and we are DONE. Finally, right? I can’t wait to share an update on that very soon. But today I wanted to pop in with a quick post about one of my most asked questions here on the blog and that’s how to get started with farmhouse style when you’re brand new to the look. I know it can seem overwhelming when you’re transitioning from a completely different decor style. And even harder when you’re working within a limited budget. But it’s actually easier than you might think and there are simple things you can do now to get the process rolling. Here are 3 quick tips that will help you get started with farmhouse style in your home.
ESTABLISH A NEUTRAL FOUNDATION
I know what you’re thinking. What in the heck does a neutral foundation mean, Sarah? Let me explain. Try thinking of your decor as falling into one of two categories: the foundation or the fillers.
The foundation would be things like your paint color, area rug, and large furniture pieces like your couch and accent chairs.
The fillers are all the extra accessories like your throw pillows, wall decor, curtains, etc.
Of course the fillers are important to the overall style of your home, I actually have a whole post about why accessories matter here, but it’s the foundation pieces that truly set the tone of your overall style. Establishing a neutral foundation is key for the classic farmhouse look. It’s definitely a challenge to pull off farmhouse style with a green accent chair. Or a purple area rug. Or walls that are painted cherry red. Your get what I’m saying. It just doesn’t jive with the cozy and inviting farmhouse vibe. However, if you’ve established a good foundation with things like a neutral area rug and light colored walls, it’s a lot easier to mix in pops of color here and there. The foundation sets the tone for everything else, so focus your attention there first and then build up from there.
WORK WITH WHAT YOU HAVE
I often get questions that go like this: “I have lots of furniture with a dark oak color. Is it possible to keep the lovely wood tones but still achieve a farmhouse feel? Help!” And my answer to that is DEFINITELY. Work with what you have as best you can. You don’t have to paint everything, folks. And you probably shouldn’t. But here’s the catch. I think the key to creating a farmhouse look is using those wood tones selectively and focusing on using items that are old and authentic. For example, there’s a big difference between a dark wooden dresser from the 1985 versus an old wood cabinet from the early 1900’s. I’d definitely paint the first and leave the second alone. The common theme with farmhouse style homes is more of the true, vintage wooden furniture and less of the “outdated”. Natural, old wood will bring a sense of warmth and character to any room, so definitely keep those pieces. But go ahead and look around your home for any outdated furniture that can be painted and given more of a neutral look.
PACK UP THE KNICK-KNACKS
Farmhouse style is all about mixing simplicity with vintage charm. And that simplicity is one of my favorite things about farmhouse style homes. You don’t need a bunch of fancy things to be a pro at farmhouse style. Instead, it’s about using simple pieces that have a classic and timeless feel. If you’re brand new to the farmhouse look, try going into one room and gathering up all of the knick-knacks and random little trinkets. Box them up and see how it changes the feel of the room. Then slowly start adding in pieces that have more of a vintage and classic look. Simple antiques and vintage items should slowly start to replace the knick-knacks.
I hope these 3 simple tips have helped you wrap your mind around the idea of getting started with farmhouse style. It’s really a few easy changes that can make a huge difference when you’re just getting started. And remember, farmhouse style doesn’t mean you live on a farm–although that would be pretty darn awesome. I believe any home, regardless of it’s build or style, can embody the farmhouse look. After all, it’s simply about creating a classic, cozy feel in your home that is warm and inviting.
That’s it for me today friends. Thanks a bunch for dropping by and checking in today–you know I always appreciate it!
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