How do YOU Define Farmhouse Style?

Farmhouse style is everywhere these days from HGTV to Pinterest and all around the internet.  People seem to be surrounding themselves with tradition and filling their homes with items that make them feel warm and comfortable.  Everyone has their own little spin on farmhouse style. My personal style incorporates quite a bit of shine.  I have mixed vintage, antiques and rhinestones to make a home I enjoy.   Here are 10 things I associate with farmhouse style.

1.     A light neutral color palette with an abundance of white, cream, beige, sage green or grey helps create a cozy, calm environment. Remember your artwork should continue the pastoral feel. 

Texas Windmill

Texas Windmill

Incorporate soft colors here and there.  I love blue, so I have soft teals included with my creams and whites. 

Teal Barn 

Teal Barn 

2.     Reclaimed wood and other salvaged materials add to the comfortable non-stuffy feel.  Side tables and accessories are an easy and inexpensive way to incorporate wood in any room.  These shelves in my study started their lives as wine boxes. Now they hold vintage treasures.

Wine Box Wallhanging

Wine Box Wallhanging

 

3.     Antique or vintage items are a perfect fit for a farmhouse.  If you don’t have access to antique furniture try a few vintage accessories.  I purchased this little heart from PrairiePrimitives on Etsy.   It was made with love from a civil war era blanket.

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4.     Distressed finishes and patinas are probably my favorite part of the style.   I love the ease of knowing that kids, dogs and life in general won’t damage the finish on a piece because it is already worn and scratched.  Distressed pieces are another opportunity to add a pop of soft color.

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5.     Large and inviting sturdy furniture is a great base for your farmhouse decor. Farm tables and vintage sideboards create a perfect farmhouse dining room.

6.     Low maintenance fabrics like cotton, linen, wool, and vintage textiles will wrap you in comfort.

7.     Painting furniture in a color from your main color scheme can help make a piece that is damaged or just doesn’t fit become a star in the room.  This vintage sewing table had a damaged legs, but now it is a real standout in my reading nook.

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8.     Shiplap, wainscoting or beadboard can help add dimension to any room.  I, personally, love walls covered in mismatched wood from salvage or old pallets.

9.     Wire baskets are readily available new, as well as, vintage.   Use them to store anything from flowers or pine cones to pillows. 

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10. Barnyard animal photos are a great way to drive the point home.  When selecting an animal print remember to keep your neutral color scheme in mind. 

Baby Goat Photo

Baby Goat Photo

Please leave me a comment below, I would love to hear how you interpreted farmhouse style and have incorporated it into your home. 

 

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