Farmhouse style is white hot right now! But, what IS farmhouse style? What defines it? How do we get the look? Do you have to live on a farm? Let’s start out by saying that farmhouse style is more of an attitude or a way of life than a style these days. Once farmhouse style was distinguished by 3 key elements… rural location, functional porches and formal and informal living space! Today there are lots of fun decor element that bring the warm, simple and savvy farmhouse look to almost any home. And that’s what I’m sharing today!
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Now, let’s talk about Farmhouse living!
Farmhouse style originally developed out of necessity. It was born out of geography. Farmers needed places to live and farmhouses reflected the land, building material and goods in the rural area.
View from my back porch
A farmhouse usually included a transition area from the outside to in… hence the farmhouse porch.
The front of the home was the “formal” area where guest were welcomed. Although usually quite simple, it served to meet the formal social norms of the day. The back of the house usually had the kitchen and a bedroom. Or if the home was two-stories, the bedrooms were there.
That is the origins of FARMHOUSE STYLE!
Today, farmhouse style is a way of life that reflect a love for the land and it’s bounty and keep a close connection between both. It loves simplicity and has a do-it-yourself attitude. Recycling, upcycling and renovating are all in the wheelhouse of farmhouse style! Although unpretentious and very welcoming, there is a great sense of style about farmhouse living!
Anyone can capture the spirit and spunk of farmhouse style! It marries so well with other decor styles. Traditional, modern, Southern, Cottage and even Industrial, just to name a few.
By adding just a few practical and perfectly placed farmhouse elements your home can radiate this popular style!
Here are 10 farmhouse elements to add that can wonderful farmhouse charm to your home!
1. FARMHOUSE SINK
A farmhouse sink is the quintessential farmhouse element! Big hefty sinks were a must to hold lots of produce from the farm, babies that needed washing, chickens that needed plucking and a whole lot more. I don’t have chickens to pluck or babies to wash (yet) but I sure love my soapstone farmhouse sink and use it hard!
2. WHITE KITCHEN CABINETS
Painted kitchen cabinets, especially white ones, are a farmhouse favorite! Beadboard pairs fabulously with white cabinets!
3.PAINTED WOOD PLANKED WALLS
LOVE these! They have donned farmhouse walls for hundreds of years but lately they have become popular again! YEA!
4. FARMHOUSE AND RUSTIC TABLES
Gotta love their warmth and rugged appeal. Add a farmhouse table with some classic or updated chairs for a modern look!
5. MASON JARS
Not just for canning anymore. Almost any food in a mason jar looks amazing and tastes even better. Add a straw and a beverage and you have pure farmhouse style!
6. RUSTIC TOUCHES
Use chippy architectural element with what you have to breath some farmhouse style into a room. Chippy things look great mixed with traditional pieces! It’s all about that rustic/luxe balance!
Burlap is not just for farmhouses any more. It has become a classic! Add just a little to give your room or table or even bed a cozy, relaxed feel!
Continue the tradition of the original farmhouse style by creating an outdoor living space on your porch, stoop or patio. A rocker or a swing will lend a relaxed, come-sit-a-spell touch to your home! Don’t forget lots of potted plants and flowers!
9. WHITE IRONSTONE
SIGH! Ironstone is the sturdy workhorse of a farmhouse kitchen. But remember to take ironstone out of the kitchen and use it to decorate your home for a great farmhouse look!
10. GARDEN TO FORK LIVING
Even if you don’t have a garden you can always tuck some herbs and annuals in a little kitchen herb garden. Get those hands into the good earth and bring its bounty right to your table!
Here are just a few more idea of farmhouse style!
- planked wood floors
- simple, sensible styling
- glass front cabinets
- barn beam anything
- galvanized metals
- wire baskets
- grain sacks
- wooden spoons
- painted wood floors
- open shelves
- plate racks
- large glass jars
What can you add to this list? What are your favorite farmhouse elements?
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