3 Ways to Make Farmhouse Décor Work For You
You may not buy the farm, but you’re probably sold on farmhouse décor. That fusion of vintage warmth (did someone say, shiplap?) and modern, industrial elements makes it a trendy, sought-after look. Part of its popularity is because it’s so versatile. “It can bend toward more farm-y, more modern, or more industrial, and it blends well with other styles, such as coastal, bohemian, or glam,” says Max Humphrey, an interior designer based in Portland, Oregon. Use his design tricks to hook up farm charm three ways in your home.
A crisp, white backdrop will enhance the organic beauty of staple pieces, like a reclaimed wood coffee or dining table. That means you should grab a paintbrush, and go to town on the walls, brick fireplace, window trim, and doors. You can even paint and distress your table for a vintage, “chippy” look, or find one that’s already been weathered. Keep the design cohesive by incorporating a few additional wood accents, like woven rattan baskets. Add warmth with decorative pillows and throws in earthy, neutral colors, tribal patterns, and nubby textures that make you feel warm and cozy. Farmhouse decor brand Magnolia Home by Joanna Gaines (yes, that Joanna Gaines) is a great place to start.
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Having exposed structural elements, like brick, ceiling beams, and ductwork aren’t the only ways to achieve this look. For big impact, use paint colors in black, dark gray, and olive green on doors and window trim to contrast white walls. Introduce furniture that incorporates metal details. Ground your space with an area rug in a bold architectural pattern, such as the Brushstroke or Lotus by Magnolia Home by Joanna Gaines.
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For paint colors, stick with cool whites, grays, and light blues that look more of-the-moment than warmer yellows or creams. Do a fresh take on a pillow vignette by stacking them like books to create height. Instead of pushing furniture against the wall–that could make your space feel dated–float your sofa and loveseat in the middle of the room. Be sure to allow for enough space to walk around the perimeter. You’ll want to admire your beautiful harvest.