Diane Keaton's minimalist approach to the rustic farmhouse trend is proof this merging of contrasting styles works

Using textual layers and a Scandi-cool color palette, the actress brought this traditional aesthetic firmly into the contemporary day

Diane Keaton
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As cool as it is traditional, the modern farmhouse aesthetic might claim to be the perfect blend – and its appeal is understandable. Among those enjoying its style is Diane Keaton, the Annie Hall actress, who shared snapshots from her Spanish Colonial Revival, located in Beverly Hills.

The space in question epitomizes the modern farmhouse aesthetic, from the white-painted wooden paneling to the plaid sofa that layers the space and ensures it feels as welcoming as it does chic. Diane has further furnished her room with dark wooden furnishing that juxtaposes against the bright walls – creating a cozy room that remains perfectly uncluttered.

Through her refined color palette and curated furniture, the actress has mastered the modern farmhouse style, and her efforts haven't gone unnoticed by designers, who say we should all take decorating notes.  

'Creating the perfect modern farmhouse aesthetic requires many layers,' says Massachusetts-based designer Bridget Desroches. She recommends beginning with white paint like the one seen in Diane Keaton's backdrop.

'I like Sherwin Williams' Pure White in a washable and wipeable matte finish because it blends well, and the color creates a bright light and airy feel as the base. The softer appearance of matte paint lends itself well to accenting the natural wood tones of the modern farmhouse aesthetic.'

And, paint ideas aside, Bridget says we should also look to incorporate more earthy tones through fresh white and taupe upholstery and drapery, which is 'key' to the look.

 Bridget Desroches
Bridget Desroches

Bridget Desroches has a degree in residential interior design and launched an e-design business in 2013, whereby clients can virtually design rooms and order all of the elements to bring their designs to life. Interiors by Bridget has since evolved into a full-service interior design firm with a strong technical foundation, focused on creating functional, contemporary spaces with a bright and sophisticated aesthetic.

Alongside the upholstered soft furnishings, Bridget explains we should follow Diane's lead by injecting hard wooden furnishings and accents around our space.

'Natural brown wood tones in furniture pieces such as coffee tables and dining tables, ceiling beams, as well as accented wood on chairs are so important in this interior style,' she says. 

'Black is also used as a strong accent color that is a bold layer to tie everything together, and it's important to add all these elements to create a cohesive look and feel.'

When it comes to accessorizing, Diane has added large plaid cushions (that complement her sofa), a monochromatic color scheme in the form of the plant pot, and (if we look closely) a photo frame that adds a hint of personality to the room. 

'The accessory layer is where you can have fun with items that have a bit of wear on them and appear like they have been in the space for a while, helping to create a casual, relaxed, cozy feel to the space,' Bridget explains. 

'Finally, finish off with tartan print [like Diane's], pillows, and blankets placed on your sofa and accent chairs. I also love the look of oversized wicker baskets that will complete the look beautifully. Together, all these elements will create a cozy, modern farmhouse space anyone will feel at home.'

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Megan Slack
Head of Celebrity Style News

Megan is the Head of Celebrity Style News at Homes & Gardens. She first joined Future Plc as a News Writer across their interiors titles, including Livingetc and Real Homes, before becoming H&G's News Editor in April 2022. She now leads the Celebrity/ News team. Before joining Future, Megan worked as a News Explainer at The Telegraph, following her MA in International Journalism at the University of Leeds. During her BA in English Literature and Creative Writing, she gained writing experience in the US while studying in New York. Megan also focused on travel writing during her time living in Paris, where she produced content for a French travel site. She currently lives in London with her antique typewriter and an expansive collection of houseplants.