Olivia Culpo masters these design features to epitomize modern farmhouse elegance in her living room

The actress celebrates the ever-on-trend aesthetic by balancing a contemporary palette with rustic details – and designers approve

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The modern farmhouse style has become one of the most popular interior design aesthetics, and it's easy to see why. This look is a clean and minimalist celebration of texture that effortlessly combines rustic, modern, and contemporary styles for a homey feel. Olivia Culpo's home perfectly captures the modern farmhouse look.

The actress and model took to Instagram to share images of her living room, and fans were stunned by its sleek and timeless appeal. From the white paneled walls to the wagon when chandelier and exposed ceiling beams, it's peak modern farmhouse, and interior design experts agree.

'Olivia Culpo's space embodies the modern farmhouse living room through a combination of rustic elements like the ceiling beams and white wood walls with contemporary touches like the Kelly Wearstler stone side table,' says San-Francisco-based interior designer Soledad Alzaga. She continues, 'Modern farmhouse decor blends the rustic, cozy charm of traditional farmhouse style with contemporary elements to create a fresh, updated look. '

Soledad Alzaga
Soledad Alzaga

San Francisco-based Interior designer Soledad Alzaga has worked on design projects in San Francisco, Sonoma, Atherton, New York, Martha's Vineyard, Los Angeles, Mexico and Argentina.

'The balance of natural raw wooden materials, coupled with sculptural furniture pieces, creates a "Modern Farmhouse" feel, which is inviting yet sophisticated,' adds Melissa Read, London-based interior designer and founder of Studio Burntwood.

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Melissa Read

Melissa Read is a leading Interior Designer and Founder of Studio Burntwood, a London-based interior design studio, specializing in luxury residential design for clients across the UK and globally. Their focus is on crafting timeless spaces that enhance clients' lifestyles.

The farmhouse drama of this space is created mainly by space-enhancing features that call the eyes to the living room ceiling. Melissa tells H&G: 'The exposed interior beams are a charming feature that emphasizes the generous ceiling height. Simultaneously, the oversized plant and strategic window treatment placement draw the eye upward, enhancing the perception of height within the space.' Making the living room ceilings look higher contributes to a more contemporary, airy feel.

Olivia Culpo's living room color palette further creates a stylish, modern farmhouse look. 'The use of white in the space complements this look by adding brightness to the room and being the perfect backdrop for the furniture and decor accents,' says Soledad. She continues, 'This contrast adds visual interest and depth to the space while maintaining a sense of harmony and balance.'

'The simple color palette of whites and neutrals are enhanced through contrasting dark wood and metal furniture and lighting pieces, adding a monochromatic touch,' Melissa adds.

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Though it's become more popular in recent years, beautiful homes like Olivia Culpo's suggest that the modern farmhouse look is more than a trend.

Sophie Edwards
News Editor

Sophie is a London-based News Editor at Homes & Gardens, where she works on the Celebrity Style team. She is fascinated by the intersection of design and popular culture and is particularly excited when researching trends or interior history. Sophie is an avid pop culture fan. As an H&G editor, she has interviewed the likes of Martha Stewart, Hilary Duff, and the casts of Queer Eye and Selling Sunset. Before joining Future Publishing, Sophie worked as the Head of Content and Communications at Fig Linens and Home, a boutique luxury linens and furniture brand. She has also written features on exciting developments in the design world for Westport Magazine. Sophie has an MSc from the Oxford University Department of Anthropology and a BA in Creative Writing and Sociology from Sarah Lawrence College.