I’m a country girl at heart. But I also love the culture and activities of the city. My decorating style reflects that too! My bent is a little formal and classic but it’s made relaxed and welcoming with farmhouse charm. I call it Refined Farmhouse! This may be your style too or you may love it and have not known what it is! Today let’s talk about just what makes a home Refined Farmhouse!
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Let’s talk about Refind Farmhouse!
If you love classic home decor styles then you are on your way to a Refined Farmhouse look. That’s where it starts. Classic, clean line with a touch of upscale formality!
You love symmetry but you can relax that just a little too! You love beautiful fabrics and look for attention to detail in all your furnishings.
Your look is timeless, a bit sophisticated, and curated. But that does not mean stuffy… not at all. The NEW Classic Style trades small furniture for larger more comfortable seating and likes matching pairs but is not chained to the idea!
It is not a fussy or ruffly look. It’s tailored and neat. This is a style that can stand the test of time.
Matchy-matchy furnishings are replaced with things that work together. You won’t find tons of repeated fabric. You will find fabrics all living nicely in a room and all different!
Refined Farmhouse combines furnishings that are both fabulously styled and comfortably functional. More times than not, this style will opt for comfort over something impractical even though it is totally beautiful.
When choosing furniture for a Refined Farmhouse look choose comfortable and wider seats and well-made cushions in quality fabrics. Look for unique reclaimed wood worked into beautiful coffee tables that you can put your feet up on.
This room is company worthy and family friendly!
The NEW Classic home likes to live and be decorated a little less rigidly than traditional homes from years ago. Adding updated and unexpected items like a large clock, an animal print rug and nubby baskets are just a few more trendy ways the New Classic rolls.
Also look for neutral colors and a tight color palette. But if you love color, choose one color you can’t live without and carry that color throughout your home. Pair your favorite color up with white, neutrals and one or two other colors. Just a splash of a secondary color goes a long way.
Both New Classic and Farmhouse thrive on lots of texture. Fabric with nubs and bumps, sisal rugs, reclaimed wood along side of velvet, hides, soft cotton and smooth acrylic. Instead of lots of color texture plays an important role in making a Refined Farmhouse room look attractive and interesting. Play up textures if you love this style!
Refined Farmhouse reflects your personal style and relies on accent pieces to tell your story! Go bigger and less is more! Make every accent piece work with the overall look of your room. Find vintage pieces that you love! Even new items that look old can look amazing in a Refined Farmhouse room. And don’t forget to decor with items that are really fun or surprising!
The stool in the living room is a unique piece that works to warm up the room with its farmhouse look. It’s a little surprising accent that I love!
But be careful not to fill a room too full of “things”. There certainly is a tipping point. Know when interesting becomes cluttered.
I use a very edited hand when I’m adding farmhouse elements to my living room. A wire basket, burlap on books and a reclaimed wood lantern. They all have that “farmhouse” feel but are still styled to work with the rest of the living room which is more formal. Just know when enough farmhouse is enough!
My kitchen and family room have a more relaxed “farmhouse” feel than the living room. However, these rooms flow together because they have the same color palette and similar items in them.
If you love the charm of farmhouse make sure to add a little to your rooms. Vintage trays, windows, galvanized metal, white pottery, chippy wooden pieces, mason jars, burlap, farm inspired signs, grainsack… you get the idea!
Like all decor styles, Refined Farmhouse is really a personal matter of interpretation. Find your balance of New Classic and Farmhouse appeal and anything else you love and decorate your home with YOU in mind! Don’t get stuck on “doing it right”. There is no right! Only… right for you!
The fun stylized flower chair is neither New Classic or Farmhouse, but I love it in my living room. And because it works for me, it works!
And finally, remember decorating is a journey. Are we ever really done?
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