Farmhouse decor ideas embody a simplistic, rustic elegance that can establish a timeless design in homes both traditional and modern.
A celebration of natural materials, rural architectural details and defined by a cozy and warming atmosphere, this decor trend can feel well balanced, serene and full of character.
We've selected the essential aspects of farmhouse decor, from the practical to the decorative as well with many expert-approved tips, so you can recreate this look with ease in your own home.
Farmhouse decor ideas
Whether you're looking for more modern farmhouse ideas, or are in the middle of planning your farmhouse kitchen of dreams, our collection of farmhouse decor ideas have got everything covered, so you can create a chic and modern design that still maintains a cozy, country appeal.
1. Bring the beauty of the outdoors indoors
Farmhouse decor ideas are rooted in the outside world. Defined by raw and rustic materials, and inspired by the colors of nature, this style, as it signifies in the name, pays homage to original features found in beautiful, traditional farmhouses situated in rural and agricultural areas.
From the use of wood on the ceiling all the way down to the flooring, to working with earthy color palettes and patterns inspired by nature, turning to the outside world for inspiration will always be important for farmhouse decor ideas.
For paint ideas and color palettes, Kathy Kuo suggests, 'for the color palette, select hues that radiate warmth and comfort. If you want to layer other colors into your space, draw from earthy and natural tones: a soft sage or grassy green, a soft off-white, muted sky blues, lush lavenders, and misty grays.'
2. Choose a reclaimed wooden dining table
A large, reclaimed wooden dining table can not only fill your farmhouse dining room with warming, inviting texture and a timeless, durable material, it can become one of the true hubs of the home, and a central gathering point for when hosting and spending time eating and socializing with friends and family.
Sally and Sarah Wilkie, Founders of Home Barn say, 'we love weathered wood, and feel this is the right look for a family table, with every new mark or dent or scribble there’s happy memories made. A good quality solid timber table can grow old gracefully and get better with age as it’s sturdy and robust.'
Reclaimed and salvaged wood is full of history and character, often defined by a unique, distressed and weathered finish with visible knots and stains – it couldn't be more fitting for farmhouse decor ideas.
This dining room features the Griffin Reclaimed Wood Dining Table by Pottery Barn, which adds a warming contrast to the light, bright and white interior. The metal legs on the table and matching bench add an industrial edge to the piece, with the design perfect for both classic and contemporary spaces.
3. Incorporate industrial accents
Alex Main, Director at The Main Company explains below how industrial accents are a crucial part of designing a farmhouse kitchen.
'From exposed brick walls to copper splash backs and industrial lighting, a modern farmhouse color palette looks fantastic when paired with industrial elements like these. Incorporating large pendant lights above an island makes a real statement, adding texture and interest to the space – especially for homes with high ceilings as they naturally draw the eye up. Brick walls are a great way to add texture to a pared-back kitchen design, or opt for a striking metal splashback for that rustic element which only gets better with age.'
For more inspiration, our guide on industrial decor ideas has a more contemporary feel.
4. Fill your bathroom with plenty of rustic texture
For some time, bathrooms were often viewed as clinical, minimalist spaces with little texture, color and style, but oh how the times have changed, with many of us creating stand-out wet rooms, spa bathrooms and luxury bathrooms in all manner of styles and themes.
A key element to consider for farmhouse bathroom ideas includes a focus on the warmth wood and plenty of inviting, cozy texture.
From wooden flooring and paneling, to wooden accents created through furniture and accessory choices, this natural material can easily create a farmhouse aesthetic as well as achieve a calming, and tranquil effect; beautifully shown in the country bathroom above.
4. Create a timeless and beautiful foundation with wood flooring
A timeless trend, wood flooring ideas will always be popular in interior design; having formed beautiful foundations in homes across the world for centuries.
From pretty parquet, to original floorboards and lookalike laminates, there are so many wood flooring options to explore for farmhouse decor ideas in your home.
Havwoods’ brand ambassador, Simon Myatt, takes us through his top tips when choosing wooden flooring below.
'Although solid or engineered wood does have a higher cost attached to it, when properly maintained, it can last a lifetime compared to other solutions such as vinyl or wood-effect tiles.
Wooden floors are quick and easy to clean and care for. Thanks to product development and innovation over the years, we now recommend buyers opt for engineered wood flooring rather than solid wood which naturally will want to move, warp and crack. Engineered wood flooring has all the aesthetic beauty and charm of a wood floor, but its multi-layered structure ensures stability, minimal response to moisture and is cost effective, too.'
5. Embrace beamed ceiling ideas
It doesn't get more rustic and characterful than a beautiful beamed ceiling for farmhouse decor ideas.
Adding impactful texture, visual interest and natural charm to a space, an original beamed ceiling can delightfully display the true bones and history of a home.
Of course, not all of us live in period properties with beams, but beamed ceiling ideas can range from rustic wood on a grand vaulted ceiling in a barn, to smooth steel and faux installations; with many working beautifully to establish a rustic, historic look for farmhouse decor ideas.
6. Store your cookware in style
If you're looking into more easy ways you can change up your kitchen so its reflects a farmhouse style, then a ceiling pot rack is a highly simple yet effective design idea.
Practical and stylish, pot racks should not just be reserved for chef's kitchens, the look great suspended over kitchen islands, and are a great way to both store and display your collection of cookware.
Copper cookware, like that shown in the farmhouse kitchen by Lucas Eilers above, works well for farmhouse decor, as it can beautifully complement warming wood tones, and establish a more traditional look.
7. Hang decorative wall plaques
Farmhouse living room wall decor – hanging plates on the wall, or displaying them on a shelf or dresser, is a great way to add a splash of color and create a rustic feel. This is a perfect opportunity to introduce some personality to the wall and display some of your favorite patterns.
For a modern look, go for brighter colors, and for a more classic style, then stick to neutrals and natural materials.
8. Leave Brickwork Exposed
Leaving brickwork exposed is a great way to add some texture into your home and create a dramatic contrast between the brick and softer materials, such as hangings, rugs and curtains.
'Brick or stone walls bring authenticity to a rustic room,' agrees interiors stylist Sara Bird. 'While they look beautiful on their own, layering more wall decor ideas on top brings an extra element to the scheme that will really elevate your space.'
9. Use books as wall art
Decorating with books and designing a library wall will bring color, texture and personality to the space – and all you need are your well-thumbed paperbacks.
'The beauty of bookshelves is that they can fill an entire wall, or simply slot into an awkward nook to create interest and drama,' suggests Country Homes & Interiors editor, Andréa Childs. 'This is a great wall decor idea for a rustic home as you can build shelving to fit around features such as beams, stoves, or sloping ceilings.
'Rearrange your shelves from time to time to switch-up your display – and rediscover your favorite reads.'
10. Curate decorative table displays
The picture here may be the only actual 'wall decor' but it's the combination of the artwork, cabinet, lamp and decorative elements that unite together as one to create a single effective display.
Hanging artwork with a wooden frame above a cabinet display of ornaments, flowers and books will create warmth and give your wall a traditional, rustic feel.
11. Style a wooden cabinet
A wooden cabinet display, ideal for a kitchen, living room or dining room, is a great way to create a rustic yet modern feel in a space.
Paint the cabinet in a color to match the tones of the wall, using accessories and collected pieces to introduce added vibrancy.
Curate the cabinet with treasured ornaments to create a display that takes design to the edges of your room.
For more guidance, our feature on how to style a cabinet display is really useful.
12. Soften white cabinetry with wood and marble
White kitchen ideas may be timeless, but a classic high-gloss finish can seem cold when you're planning farmhouse decor ideas for a farmhouse kitchen. Instead, break up a run of white cabinetry with wooden doors and a veined marble backsplash.
'Solid white backsplashes can create a harsh brightness,' says a spokesperson for Bushboard, 'but white marble with intricate grey veining can add interest, breaking up an overly white scheme while also adding depth.
'The curves of the marble veining add a softness that break up the solid lines and angles found in the kitchen.'
13. Bring in rustic wall decor
Displaying artisan, antique pieces, such as handwoven baskets or artwork, is an easy way to bring a rustic feel to your decor – and will work as well in a farmhouse living room as it will in the kitchen.
'To me, farmhouse is about craft, working with your hands, using indigenous materials and then spicing things up with some color,' says Boston-based interior designer, Liz Caan.
'I like using pieces that either were crafted locally. It’s about elevating basics and mixing in modern pieces with some heirlooms, and displaying them in a creative way.'
14. Give a home office a farmhouse feel
Create a simple, serene home office with white walls and pared-back furniture, putting the focus on mindfulness and the task in hand.
For this Vipp Farmhouse, interior designer Julie Cloos Mølsgaard has created a modern farmhouse that combines historical charm with modern convenience, displaying both functional finesse and interesting art finds.
15. Turn a dresser into a star feature
Get creative with a dresser or hutch and add a fresh spin on traditional farmhouse ideas.
Lining the back of the cabinet with wallpaper ideas adds an extra layer of pattern and color, and you can take the concept further by choosing a selection of different papers to ring the changes on each shelf.
Finish with colorful crockery in folk-art designs.
16. Keep certain windows clear to let light flood in
While window treatment ideas may be necessary for warmth and privacy, there's no denying that keeping frames free from drapes, blinds and shutters can allow natural light to flood into a farmhouse property.
With contemporary glazing and modern heating systems, there's an opportunity to go as bare as you dare at windows. It's this light, and lightness of touch, that's a hallmark of farmhouse decor, summed up beautifully in this project from Annapolis-based interior designer, Cathy Purple Cherry.
Of course, if you are looking for farmhouse curtain ideas, we've got plenty of inspiration for those, too.
17. Opt for more unique storage ideas
Storage is key when you're planning your farmhouse decor ideas. Here, for hallway storage ideas, the blue metal lockers add a touch of the unexpected to the space.
'I think the concept of modern farmhouse is all about taking the traditional farmhouse vibe and making it your own,' explains Los Angeles designer, Kate Lester.
'It’s about mixing board and batten paneling with a steel railing detail, or using a more contemporary light fixture over a vintage dining table.'
18. Establish an elegant entrance
Define your modern farmhouse decor in the entrance hall or stairway, and you'll set the tone for the rest of the home. A shapely stair, rich wood tones and a touch of elegance in the form of artworks and furnishings are key.
Oozing warmth, character and famed for its timeless beauty and durability, wood is still one of the most popular flooring materials for the home, perfect for entryway floor ideas. Invest in a rustic sideboard or console table and adorn with a vase of fresh greenery for a true farmhouse feel.
19. Introduce warmth and texture with lighting
Here, the large Seema Raffia Drum Shade from Birdie Fortescue has a fabric base that filters the light above the kitchen island, while the narrow green edging adds a subtle hint of color.
The result: farmhouse decor in a kitchen that has the comfort factor of a snug sitting room.
20. Look up to a painted ceiling
Ceiling paint ideas can add wonderful depth to an all-wood scheme.
In this Bay Ridge home, designed by Cherry Purple Architects, the paneled and coffered home office features a painted ceiling that draws the eye upwards and creates definition between the beams.
21. Lay a patterned tile floor
Modernize your farmhouse bathroom with a bold bathroom floor tile idea.
'I think it’s really important to push the boundaries and introduce juxtaposition with textiles, patterns and artwork that may not feel traditionally "farmhouse-Inspired"', says interior designer, Kate Lester.
'Keeping the eye moving and adding wow factor to a traditional backdrop is one of the tricks we always use when putting a modern spin on a classic.’
22. Don't be afraid to lift your scheme with color
For every rule, there's an exception. So while a modern farmhouse palette may focus on shades of cream, taupe, beige and white, there's room for a buttery yellow in the scheme, too.
Adding color works well in a kitchen, where cabinets and farmhouse kitchen island ideas can easily be painted and a lively decor scheme fits with the busy atmosphere. Search out a hue or a colorful kitchen idea that fits with the natural farmhouse aesthetic – sunny yellow, cornflower blue and grassy green all tick the color box.
23. Put a spin on classic farmhouse styling
Open shelves; tick. Leather handles; tick. Chunky furniture; tick. But in this modern incarnation, farmhouse style looks fresh and new.
The trick is to take traditional materials, motifs, shapes and set-ups, and configure them in a more contemporary way.
'What I love about this farmhouse style living room is that it's full of subtle surprises, from the staggered shelving to the over-long linen drapes that puddle on the floor,' says Andréa Childs, Editor of Country Homes & Interiors. 'But in terms of tone, textures and materials, it's totally farmhouse.'
24. Hang an amazing light fixture
Farmhouse decor may be laid back but it's not afraid to shout out its style credentials – as in this stunning home office with its supersized pendant light.
The look works because beyond that showstopper fixture, every piece is carefully curated – from the rustic wood side tables to the woven and metal baskets beneath the desk.
25. Take the farmhouse look into the utility
If you want to switch up the experience, you could opt for the same surfaces in contrasting colors – a black tile with white pattern in the kitchen, say, and the reverse design in the utility.
26. Style a simple mudroom
White shiplap, a slate floor and woven baskets for storage translate to farmhouse decor ideas in even this most practical of spaces.
Choose a paint that's designed to withstand knocks and scrapes, and can be wiped down easily to maintain a fresh and pristine finish.
A half-glazed door replaces the traditional barn-style door for a modern update.
27. Incorporate pantry storage mindfully
Pantry storage is an easy way to get creative and incorporate sustainable, reclaimed elements into your farmhouse decor. Here, Whittney Parkinson Design created a color scheme that exudes beautifully classic yet modern elements.
Who would have thought that a pink room could look so timeless? This controversial hue can actually form a reliable background color that channels anything from a contemporary to a classical farmhouse spirit, as long as you find the right tone for the space and the light.
28. Decorate with a neutral color palette
The kitchen is the perfect place to experiment with farmhouse decor, as this scheme by Beth Webb Interiors shows.
Neutral colors tend to be calming, easy and super stylish to decorate with, making them the favorite choice for a modern farmhouse style space.
One important aspect to consider, when decorating with neutrals is to bring in as much texture as possible as it creates interest and layers – important factors when strong colors are out of the picture. Consider pairing this cozy palette with raw materials, such as wood and sisal for added texture and interest.
29. Mix modern and rustic elements
'The trend for mixing old and new will continue to prevail throughout 2023, with modern fixtures, fittings and styles being integrated into more traditional properties. Modern kitchens in particular, with sleek cabinetry, smooth surfaces and contemporary brassware, are being incorporated into farmhouse or period properties, where original features such as brick walls, rustic wood accents and historic architectural details remain,' says Hege Lundh, marketing & business development director at Lundhs Real Stone.
A well-done farmhouse bathroom or kitchen is the epitome of luxury when it comes to blurring the lines between the old and the new. Not only can they be rustic and charming, but they can intertwine modern sanitaryware, appliances and sleek materials with homespun accessories for a truly modern take on farmhouse decor.
30. Consider creating a gallery wall
Farmhouse living room wall decor ideas can help you maximize the impact of your favorite pieces of art with a few simple design tricks, and put added heart into your art, as Leanne Ford Interiors has done here.
Farmhouse decor often provides the perfect canvas for displaying art and objects. For a gallery wall, play around with the layout of your frames before hanging; try out evenly spaced rows and columns, or experiment with asymmetrical formations for something a little different .
31. Take a cue from classic interiors
When it comes to classically-inspired farmhouse living room ideas, there’s plenty to think about, from wall colors, flooring types, that all important living room suite and window treatments to those vital finishing touches. If you have a farmhouse property, the best place to start is by looking at what you already have.
Ruth Mottershead, Little Greene’s creative director, advises, 'to create a timeless scheme, consider the architectural period of your home as well as the atmosphere you wish to create; often the most enduring design schemes are those that are a natural fit for the style of property.'
32. Pretty up a space with an accent wall
Rethink accent walls – or feature wall, as you may have heard it called. Whether it’s wallpaper, paint or textural finishes, changing just one wall can bring character to your space.
Here, Sarah Solis Design Studio has created a feature out of a collection of sun hats. We're used to transforming a room with paint and patterned wallpaper, but textured materials, interesting objects and treasured heirlooms can all breathe new life into a space.
33. Add warmth with your window treatments
‘Floor length curtains – in a neutral colorway – create warmth and layers of texture in a sitting room or bedroom,’ says interior designer Natalia Miyar. ‘If the room has strong statement furniture, I choose a soft, textured fabric or multi-toned curtains to subtly add another dimension to the space.’
34. Consider moving away from shiplap
In lieu of shiplap, Jill Valeri, owner of The Welcome Home: Interior Design Solutions, suggests choosing a material that is appropriate to your location and the architecture of your house. 'Very few parts of the country use shiplap in their early construction techniques,' explains Valeri. 'It is not appropriate in every home.'
35. Bring natural wood inside
Wood is the perfect accompaniment to a farmhouse style interior scheme. Raw wood remains an enduring choice for interiors and is the ideal for almost anything –from flooring to bringing warmth and character to the kitchen.
Solid wood looks beautiful and is wonderfully versatile – rustic or reclaimed boards look fabulous in a country or traditional kitchen while exotic woods are perfect for a contemporary scheme.
What exactly is farmhouse decor?
Farmhouse decor is a style of interior design that majors on simple, rustic charm that, while functional and practical, is extremely comfortable and inviting.
Farmhouse decor will include natural materials, such as exposed wood, brick and stone, but will also include deep sofas and armchairs, layered, styled beds, and warm, low level lighting that encourages lingering. Wall colors and decor tend to natural shades, too, including whites, creams, greys and taupes.
What colors go with farmhouse decor?
When it comes to color schemes for an authentic modern farmhouse decor look, Barak Alberro, architect and head of design, Banda Design Studio, advises: 'gray, taupe and mustard are versatile colors which pair well with wood furniture and natural materials. It works particularly successfully in large spaces where a bolder color would be too much.'
Looking to the colors of nature is also a great place to start, think deep greens, calming neutrals, such as brown and beige, and uplifting yellows and blues, all will work wonderfully with the warming tones of wood.
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