With the steady rise in popularity of shows like HGTV’s “Fixer Upper,” and the up-and-coming Magnolia Network (devoted to the farmhouse chic designs of Chip and Joanna Gaines), it’s no surprise that we can’t get enough of this modern spin on farm life. Warm, cozy and full of character, modern farmhouse design elements can easily be blended with your current style, without the need for a full home renovation. If you’ve already fallen in love with the look and are ready to get started, here are a few things to consider.
Full-Blown Farm Fresh
If you’ve done your homework, endlessly scoured Pinterest for inspiration and are devoted to a design overhaul in your home, a great place to start is with the structure of the room. Consider the addition of exposed wooden ceiling beams, shiplap walls and reclaimed wood flooring to begin transforming your central living space.
Elements like a sliding barn door can help break up the space between two rooms and a reclaimed wood wall feature creates a focal point for areas you would like to highlight. This could include a reading nook under the stairway, the headboard in a bedroom or an entire wall in the living room.
Upgrades for your kitchen could include shaker cabinets, a farmhouse (apron-front) sink, butcher block countertops (or island) and a large farmhouse kitchen table with bench seating.
I’d Just Like to Accessorize, Please!
If you don’t want a major renovation commitment, start slowly by adding thoughtful and unique pieces of rustic furniture and accessories. This is a great way to build on top of your existing home décor. Remember, mismatching furniture (that actually works well together!), vintage chairs and flea market finds are excellent choices here. Don’t feel like you need to get all these pieces in just one shopping trip. Take your time to layer rugs, lamps and artwork, adding to your collection as you discover unique pieces.