Rustic farmhouse is by far one of my favorite interior styles. In fact, it’s the style that I’m working to create for my soon-to-be new home. That old country feel is comfortable, homey, and classic. The best part is, you don’t even have to live on a farm to incorporate it!
If you’re looking to get that fresh-off-the-farm look, it’s best to incorporate some of the style’s key elements. Whether you’re doing a modern or rustic farmhouse, these elements will give your style that recognizable look. If you’re going to do something, might as well do it right, right? 🙂
So, without further ado, here are 8 of my favorite farmhouse elements!
The farm house, or apron, sink is adorable. If you watch Fixer Upper, I’m sure you will recognize this feature. If you’re going for a more modern farmhouse look, they even make apron sinks in stainless steel and other non-traditional finishes.
Neutral Color Palette
When I think of the farm house style, the first thing that comes to mind is white. One of the reasons this style looks so crisp and fresh is its use of white and other neutral colors. White can be difficult to keep clean, especially if you have little ones running around. Try using light grays, blues, and creams for your main colors and use white for accent pieces that won’t dirty as easily as, say, white cabinets.
White ironstone is probably one of the easiest ways to give your home that instant farmhouse feel. Ironstone comes in a variety of styles, while keeping that distinct country pitcher look. I love the white varieties, and that seems to be the go-to color for most designers. If you’re looking for something a little more unique, however, look for some ironstone china in a different color. Use your accent pieces to showcase your personality!
So far we have something blue, but what about something galvanized. Galvanized metal is, again, one of those elements that screams country farmhouse. You can easily find pitchers, vases, buckets, or in my example, watering cans. I love the watering can because it has so much character!
Being I used to work for a major furniture components company, I can tell you, farmhouse tables are HUGE right now. In more ways that one. Farmhouse tables are typically simple, rustic-style tables. There’s not one particular style or element when it comes to these, so it can be a little difficult to define. A lot of your more traditional tables have a high sheen and a polished look. The opposite is a farmhouse table. They look rustic, and have a slight sheen from the clear coat, but forgo the glossy, polished look. I’ve seen trestle tables and four-legged tables with 5″ legs. The sky is the limit when it comes to a farmhouse table.
Ahh burlap…. For years, I have had an obsession with
this material. A burlap table runner would look nice with that new farmhouse table, don’t ya think?
Mason jars are traditionally used for canning, and now-a-days used for just about everything. Mason jars come in a ton of different sizes, so you can get really creative with how you incorporate them. I’ve seen mason jar lights, soap pumps, flower vases, makeup brush holders, chandeliers. Mason jars have taken over the home decor world and it’s no wonder, given how inexpensive they are!
Beadboard wood paneling is one of those things that people tend to shy away from. When most people hear wood paneling, they think of the 1970’s. However, when done right, beadboard wood panels can look truly amazing! Some people will use beadboard to cover entire walls, but I prefer to cover only the bottom half of the wall. I like the contrast in texture from the dry wall to the beadboard, but everyone has a different preference. Another cool use of it is on the ceiling, as shown in my example. My recommendation for beadboard in a farm house style is to paint it a neutral tone. If you prefer to stain, just steer clear of dark stains, as that can give it that ’70’s vibe that you’re probably trying to avoid.
As you can tell, I really love the farmhouse style. There are many more elements that can be used to achieve this look, so I would encourage you to continue to research, thrift shop, and just get inspired. Be sure to bring in your own personal touches and make your house home.