How to Achieve the Perfect Farmhouse Interior Design
What is the farmhouse approach to interior design?
Farmhouse interior design is notorious for being homey, relaxed, and welcoming. The design can either be more traditional and rustic, or more modern with clean lines. These spaces are practical, utilitarian, and livable, but elegant and sophisticated at the same time. Let’s take a look at the approach as well as what makes farmhouse interior design what it is, and how you can incorporate it into your own home.
Elements of Farmhouse Interior Design
An element you will commonly see among the features of farmhouse decor are rustic finishes. This includes furniture made from weathered, worn wood with plenty of texture. These rustic finishes aren’t just reserved for the furniture, however. The ideal farmhouse will have rustic, exposed finishes in the architecture as well. Think exposed brick or even shiplap. Elements such as exposed wooden beams in the ceiling are the perfect touch as well. For any exposed building materials in the architecture you would normally cover up, think twice and consider if they would add to the rustic look of your farmhouse design.
Farmhouse design is all about organic and natural materials. Yes, this includes the aforementioned rustic woods and brick, but it can also include industrial metals in gunmetal with a brushed finish, lots of textures like natural fibered rugs and knitted blankets, and of course greenery brought inside. Bringing in lots of plants is what ties a farmhouse design together.
In terms of decor, farmhouse art tends to include lots of signs and graphic lettering. These can be done traditionally in a frame or on a more rustic material like worn wood. Farmhouse designs also need to have lots of comfort elements to achieve the welcoming, homey look. From lots of throw pillows and blankets to a shabby chic rug to comfortable seating, there are plenty of ways to incorporate comfort into your space. Since farmhouse decor is generally spontaneous and eclectic looking, don’t be afraid to mix up styles.
Farmhouse design is also known for unique fixtures beyond the basic architecture. Go bold with oversized pendant lights over the kitchen island, rustic vintage sconces beside the bed, or weathered faucets in the bathroom. Don’t be afraid to mix and match materials and colors when incorporating these fixtures, as that contrast is what makes farmhouse design so iconic.
Making Farmhouse Interior Design Modern
Modern farmhouse design is similar to its traditional counterpart. However, to make it modern, incorporate more sleek, clean lines and minimalism. Where traditional farmhouse design is generous on the decor, the modern version doesn’t have to be. Picking just a few key elements of a traditional farmhouse design and keeping the rest of the space sleek and clean, similar to Scandinavian interior design, is the perfect modern and traditional combination.
Modern farmhouse interior design is all about the contrast between the country chic elements of a traditional farmhouse with the stark minimalism of modern decor. Mixing old and new is the name of the game. This is where antique and vintage rugs, creative pieces of wall art, and unique finds come in handy. Mixing different eras and elements keeps it eclectic, and mixing textures and colors keeps it visually interesting.
To make your farmhouse more modern, balance out the natural materials like rustic wood and exposed brick with a stark modern material, such as marble countertops in the kitchen. Traditional farmhouse design uses neutral, earth tone colors, but make that even more modern by adding in some stark contrast, like bright white or even black and white.
Finally, whether traditional or modern, don’t be afraid to embrace any imperfections that pop up in your farmhouse interior design. These are what makes the space unique, homey, and perfect. If you need advice on which antique and vintage rugs to incorporate into your farmhouse space, don’t hesitate to contact our team of experts, or get started with inspiration from our curated selection below.
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This interior design blog was published by Nazmiyal Antique Rugs.