September 2, 2021
With all the interest in sustainability issues and the environment, it is not surprising that modern farmhouse décor has become a thing.
The design of home interiors is increasingly going back to our roots for inspiration, where and how our ancestors lived. For that reason, the modern farmhouse has evolved over the last few decades as a popular style. It represents a less stressful and healthier way of living; for both us and the planet. Why is that the case, and how to get the modern farmhouse look? This article looks at both these questions and explains the why and the how of the modern farmhouse style.
Project: Moser residence
Location: Boulder, USA
Photo: Jess Blackwell Photography
Interior design: DAJ Design
The word “farmhouse” suggests images of wholesomeness, the smell of baking bread, vegetable gardens, a stone hearth with a blazing fire etc. However, adding the word “modern” translates into something very different; all the conveniences that we have become accustomed to over recent decades: electro-domestic appliances, Wifi, spa-like bathrooms etc. So, both these terms combined conjure up the best of both worlds, a homely feeling of ancestral belonging with a contemporary and elegant twist.
Modern farmhouses conjure up a homely feeling of ancestral belonging with a contemporary and elegant twist.
You don’t have to live in the country to get the modern farmhouse look. These home layout tips will help you achieve this look, whether you live in the city centre or in the suburbs:
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To get the authentic farmhouse look with a contemporary twist, it’s best to go back to basics. In the days before commercial paints, farmhouse walls were whitewashed with a mixture of lime and water every year. Follow these tips to achieve a modern farmhouse colour scheme:
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Materials are at the heart of the farmhouse kitchen; organic materials like wood, stone slate, metal accents, ceramics etc. The trick with the modern farmhouse is to replicate the look, but with all the advantages of the 21st-century. That means minimal maintenance and maximum levels of comfort.
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Easy maintenance and a warm cosy feel are the two main objectives for modern farmhouse décor. The living room and the dining area, for example, should have tiled or timber floors. This is softened with rugs and soft furnishings. An oversized upholstered sofa in front of a stone hearth sets the perfect tone for the main living space. Add simple, un-fussy timber furniture such as a coffee table or a sideboard for storage. Traditional elements, like a timber mantel over an open fire, are recommended. Architectural features like exposed beams, rubble stone walls and brick are a bonus.
The term describes a style that combines traditional and modern in equal measure. Generally, the look is traditional, but the performance and the technology are modern. Interiors are eclectic, with an emphasis on natural and organic materials such as wood, ceramics, metals and stone. The spaces of the modern farmhouse should never be overwhelmed with stuff. Lines should be clean. Simple rather than minimalist is the best approach.
Instead of imitating design magazines and online images, modern farmhouse décor should happen organically. Inspired by traditional and modern design, the décor should reflect healthy living, a good diet and the outdoors.
No. Because the modern farmhouse look will never be out of style. It is timeless. Rather than merely a style, modern farmhouse is a way of life, a philosophy; how we live is expressed through interior design.
Mixing vintage style and modern pieces is the key to creating the modern farmhouse aesthetic. Practical and decorative accessories should be placed abundantly throughout. It helps underline the "lived-in" quality of a modern farmhouse. Pendant lights, table lamps, sconces and floor lamps should all be mixed and matched. Avoid clinical and sterile elements. Think patina and character.