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The 5 Rules of Farmhouse Style Decor You Must Follow

 Modern Farmhouse Living Room

Blame it on Joanna Gaines for bringing back farmhouse style decor. But how can you achieve the same effortless style? Farmhouse decor is warm, cozy, relaxing, and full of character. It highlights a simpler time. That said, there are some decor rules to make it happen. To keep your farmhouse living room from looking too old-school, you need to become a master of balancing the old and new. 

We asked our designers for the five rules of designing a farmhouse style living room, and they delivered the best ideas to help you get started. 

Rule #1: Nature Rules

Olive tree

Think about the origins of farmhouse style, this down-to-earth approach to decorating. A farmhouse home has vintage finishing touches and decorative elements that bring nature indoors. When it comes to greenery, our designer, Sarah Nelson, recommends people to stay away from bringing in tropical plants. Instead, opt for eucalyptus branches and olive trees to instantly add a farmhouse air to the room. 

For example, the Olive Tree + Large White Fluted Planter Bundle from West Elm, pictured above, is an excellent choice for a living room or entryway accent. 

Rule #2: What's Old Becomes New

Farmhouse style chandelier

Repurposed furniture pieces and decorative accents are the ultimate farmhouse decorations. However, not everyone has a vintage family heirloom lying around. You can still achieve the same vintage style by choosing vintage-inspired features. For example, Nelson also recommends looking for oil-rubbed bronze light fixtures to give that distressed look so particular in farmhouse style. 

Don't get us wrong; farmhouse style can still be modern. Take this Zaire Linear Chandelier from Pottery Barn, for example. The iron and mild steel frame are stylish and contemporary, but the bronzed nickel finish, paired with the vintage light bulbs, give that sought-after look you want in your farmhouse dining room. 

Rule #3: It's All About Being Open and Inviting

Farmhouse style bar cart

The heart of any farmhouse decor beats in the kitchens and dining rooms. When designing a farmhouse kitchen area function rises above all else. Think deep kitchen sinks, large block islands, and bar top seating for making the kitchen the center of entertainment. Our designer, Laura Wright, also recommends using subway tile backsplashes to line the walls and open shelving or glass-front cabinets to showcase accents and antique dishware. 

For those with small gathering areas, you can still bring some farmhouse style elements with a kitchen bar cart. We love the Banbury Multi-Purpose Wooden Rolling Kitchen Cart from Wayfair with its traditional barn-style sliding doors for an instant farmhouse style accent. 

Rule #4: Paint More than Your Walls

console table

A blend of neutrals is what amplifies light and makes a room look bigger for farmhouse style homes. But beyond your walls, farmhouse decor also highlights painted furniture. It's not strange to spot a cornflower blue cabinet, a distressed white coffee table, and even a lavender armoire that showcases the family heirlooms. 

We absolutely love the look this Sadie 45.7" Solid Wood Console Table from Joss & Main, pictured above, and gives to the entryway. It combines the perfect elements from nature and with added distressed accents for the ultimate farmhouse furniture piece. 

Rule #5: The Art of Craftsmanship

side chairs

Last but not lear, farmhouse style is all about high-quality craftsmanship. Think about breathtaking hardwood floors, ample windows, built-in cabinets, and rugged beams. Our designer Laura Wright also highlights the impact shiplap can make on an open layout. The art of craftsmanship expands all over the house and unifies each space creating a seamless transition from room to room. 

Take these Nottingham 24.25" Side Chairs from Joss & Main for example. They hit all the notes about farmhouse style decor with button tufted back and nailhead trim, standard features to look for. 

Let's Design Your Farmhouse Style Dream Home

Creating a farmhouse-style home can be quite a challenge. Start a project today and work with our interior designers to create the farmhouse home of your dreams. 


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