The popularity of the farmhouse style design trend is more popular than ever. With more and more individuals and families gravitating towards the homesteading lifestyle, it has brought on a revolution of the farmhouse decor trend back in homes. But whether you are homesteading or not, here are 17 simple tips on how to add farmhouse flair to your home.
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Farmhouse Style Back in the Day
What was once normal and in everyone’s home during Laura Ingalls Wilder’s time, has now become a popular way to decorate our homes in this modern time.
And why not?
The farmhouse style is a classic and timeless design and is the perfect fit for those who want to be surrounded by beauty in their home without too many distractions or frills.
And anyone can easily incorporate a rustic farmhouse or modern farmhouse style to their decor by adding homey touches like pastel colors, oversized chairs, distressed wood pieces, braided rugs, and so much more.
But let’s dive in with more detail!
17 Simple Ways to Add Farmhouse Flair to Your Home
Here are my top 17 DIY farmhouse decor ideas. By adding any combination of these farmhouse decor options, you’ll be on your way to the perfectly decorated rustic home.
1. Use Muted Colors
The use of muted colors such as pale pink, pale blue, pale greens, and all different shades of whites and beiges are perfect for farmhouse-style layouts.
These soft-hued colors help to create a cozy and inviting atmosphere in the home. They also help add an open feel to any room.
When you use lighter colors, it not only brightens up a room but adds the perfect rustic farmhouse touch.
2. Simple Shapes
The use of simple shapes helps to achieve the look and feel of a farmhouse space. For a farmhouse look, you won’t use as many ornate shapes and designs, as you would in a shabby chic or vintage-styled home. Rustic decor is more on the simpler side.
For instance, this rustic farmhouse dining room table has simple straight lines, and with the perfect amount of distressed wood, it will create a wonderful farmhouse look for your farmhouse kitchen.
3. Distressed and Weathered Pieces
You can’t have a farmhouse look in your home without adding some distressed pieces to your decor.
Back in the day, furniture became distressed because of the wear and tear of the piece over time.
Nowadays, we buy our stuff purposely that looks old, worn, and distressed! I wonder if Ma Ingalls would look at us in disbelief!
Distressed accent chairs, tables, a coffee table, candlestick holders, picture frames, end tables… the possibilities are endless for your home decor, so be sure to add plenty of distressed and weathered pieces in your home for a modern farmhouse style!
4. Large Furniture
Large pieces of furniture always create an inviting feel in this type of design scheme as they provide a comfy and cozy feel to any room.
Think, oversized armchairs, a large rustic clock on the wall, maybe a farmhouse China hutch if you have the room?
5. Decorate with Quilts
There are many benefits to using quilts other than just for a nifty decor idea.
Quilts are not only for decoration, but they can also be used to cover up with when reading or hanging out on the couch to provide warmth in the colder months.
Quilts that vary in size, color, patterns, stitches, and other aspects such as whether it is hand-sewn or machine-made, will all add a nice classic farmhouse look to your bedroom or living room.
I personally like to drape throw blankets or quilts over the arm of my sofa.
6. Decorate with Pillows
Decorating with pillows in the home isn’t solely for decoration only. Even though my kids would love to tell you that our throw pillows are not for use. Ha!
Pillows can have different colors and patterns (think striped or buffalo check for a farmhouse feel) that can brighten up the room with their contrasting patterns and muted tones.
However, aside from the design aspect, pillows also make any chair or couch extra cozy for the perfect farmhouse vibe.
Use a variety of pillow shapes, sizes, materials, and patterns. Mix and match with muted tones and have fun with pillows in your farmhouse design!
7. Wood Planking
Display a wood planked accent wall is an amazing way to make a house feel more rustic.
You can either do a real, wood planked accent wall, or use those fancy “faux wood” wallpapers they sell nowadays for a touch of rustic farmhouse decor.
They can come in many different colors and styles and can be paired with any color of wall or flooring for the perfect rustic charm.
8. Barn Style Rolling Doors
Umm… yes, please!
When you add a barn-style rolling wooden door to any doorway, your room will instantly transform into a rustic farmhouse style and add the most perfect touch of farmhouse flavor.
9. Farmhouse Sink
The idea is simple, add a farmhouse sink to your kitchen, and your kitchen will be one step closer to looking like that traditional farmhouse kitchen!
10. When in Doubt, Add Wooden Accents
Adding wooden accents to any room can crank up the farmhouse flair notch.
Wooden accents seem to be a trend in all rooms in home decor. It makes the rooms feel warm and welcoming, from the warm whites and beiges, to the warm shades of browns, which is perfect for a room that feels cold (think tile-based, such as a bathroom or kitchen).
And, even better, mixtures of different woods are also okay!
Think— reclaimed wood, weathered wood, distressed wood, chippy wood, whitewashed wood… you name it!
Typically though, farmhouse style doesn’t use very many dark woods, but lighter woods, or darker woods with lighter highlights such as whitewashing and weathering.
The cool thing about the farmhouse decor style is that types of woods can be mismatched, and it’s OKAY!
11. Create a Rustic Dining Room with Wood Tables and Chairs
Literally, your dining room can be four white walls, and if you added in a rustic dining room table set and chairs, you’ll see the farmhouse transformation, instantly!
12. Accessorize With Farmhouse Style Lighting Fixtures
The farmhouse style is such a popular design trend that has been on the rise in recent years, that you can even buy farmhouse style light fixtures for any room in your home. With the right light fixtures in your home, you can make or break the coziness in any room.
For a rustic farmhouse look, you can go with many options for farmhouse-style light fixtures such as galvanized steel, oil-rubbed bronze, distressed wood, and exposed Edison bulb styles.
13. Embrace The Farm Animals
Can you have a farmhouse interior design without displaying the a classic farmhouse staple… farm animals?
Just walk into Hobby Lobby and you’ll know exactly what I’m talking about. Almost everything farmhouse-related has a cow, chicken, or pig on it. The farm animals are everywhere!
And because I’m a crazy farm lady, I don’t mind a bit here and there in my interior design, but don’t overdo it on the farm animals, or else your home might look like a circus.
Just make sure you tactfully add farm animal decor in your farmhouse styled home by not adding TOO MUCH!
14. Add a Touch of Cottage Style
The benefits of a cottage-style home are endless, and add the perfect touch of farmhouse.
The cottage style is cozy and earthy, with a comforting vibe that can’t be beaten. With an abundance of natural elements, this style has been popular for many centuries and continues to grow in popularity today.
15. Add Greenery, Flowers or Dried Flowers
The rising trend of silver dollar eucalyptus has been on the rise for about the last 4 years, especially in the wedding world, but has now made its way into our homes. And I personally love it!
You can purchase some really high-quality faux greenery for decorating your home to add a nice farmhouse touch.
Stick a faux greenery bush in a vase for a coffee table, end table, dining table, shelf counter.
Similarly, you can also take dried herbs such as lavender bunches, dried flowers, or fresh flowers and stick them in a vase to bring the farmhouse look to your home.
I love wreaths. Too much!
Mr. Hubs gets annoyed anytime I come home with more.
I stick them on mirrors, doors, picture frames, and you can even stick mini boxwood wreaths on your kitchen cabinets or back of your dining room tables.
16. Add Faux Greenery Garlands
I love to add greenery garlands to my shelves, top of my piano, on my dining room table, and wherever else I see fit.
17. Clothespins, Milk Jugs and Mason Jars
Using clothespins to display things bring that homey feel into your home. People can get pretty creative with the ways to use clothespins such as displaying pictures, hanging herbs or flowers to dry, and other creative uses.
Mason jars can be used for a variety of things such as displaying kitchen dried goods, adding some flowers in it, a candle holder and more!
Milk jugs look amazing with a beautiful bunch of greenery or flowers stuck inside!
Creating a modern farmhouse design in your home is super easy and there are many ways you can add farmhouse flair to your home. Ultimately, you still want to keep your home reflecting your own personal style, along with the farmhouse touches, and have fun! The design possibilities for a farmhouse-style home are endless!