Farm living is the so called simple life. The farm is a place where you can enjoy clean country air, raise your own farm animals and grow your own garden for food. Why not bring that casual living and easy country styling to the home? Although farm living may not be for everyone, your home can certainly mimic the so called slower pace of life through cozy soft goods, organic accessories and rustic and more antiquated furnishings and finishes. Try these five easy steps to help get you started.
# 1 Use Reclaimed and Rustic Finishes
As you think about transitioning to a farmhouse country design, one of the best ways is to incorporate worn and antiquated pieces, such as hints of old barn wood finishes on walls and beams, and rustic furnishings. There is nothing about farmhouse living that looks brand new or polished, however, you will see the merging of modern and vintage pieces in a lot of transitional farmhouse rooms, yet the more organic and earthy a piece, the better. The texture and character this stonework wall treatment and reclaimed wood ceiling offers (in this space from Blansfield Builders Inc) gives the sense of cozy and rugged all in one.
# 2 Use Natural and Textured Soft Goods
Natural materials like cotton, wool and flax give a more farmhouse vibe to bedrooms and living areas. Mixing in these natural fabrics using pillows, ruffled bed skirts, embroidery and knitted materials, will coordinate nicely together, especially made in the same hues and complimentary color shades. Another option is to go with the classic farmhouse vintage look using flour sack towels or striped cotton antique grain sack fabric to make throw pillows, cushions or even use them to reupholster a bench like you see in this lovely bedroom below from Kelly and Co. Design. Blankets are also a great way to bring comfort to a more rustic room. Try wool blankets or plaid throws to achieve a warm farmhouse styling.
# 3 Use Metal and Wire Accessories
Another noticeable design trend for farmhouse living is natural tarnished metal and wire. The industrial meets-barn-meets-organic just works in these rooms. Chicken wire, industrial lighting and steel will all carry an austere visual which makes farmhouse living more believable. Since farmhouse living is becoming more popular you can find a lot of these great pieces from more affordable retailers.
#4 Use Reimagined Pieces
Reimagining furniture is becoming a movement as well. It’s for those that want to create a one of a kind piece and save a bit of money in the process. Shades of blue Interiors made this adorable farmhouse end table. It’s chunky build and white washed finish is just what a farmhouse design piece would look like. I like the fact that she made the room very modern with the geometric rug and clean painted walls. This is a good example of what you can do to slowly introduce the farmhouse styling into your home. Get creative and use your imagination and see what amazing pieces you can make!
#5 Create a Farmhouse Mudroom
When you’re living the country life, mud is reason enough to build a mudroom. Most farm houses have mudrooms or back entry ways to store up boots, coats and other items that can cause a muck to the rest of the home. But you don’t need to live in the country to benefit from a mudroom. You may be living the city life and want to give your entryway a farm living style without the muddy mess.
Here is another great example from Shades of Blue Interiors. Add a cool reclaimed wood piece with hooks to hang up purses, hats and other items. This adorable church pew was painted and made to be a seating area for guests to sit and take off shoes, or put on socks and rain boots before heading out the door. Extra storage using these square woven baskets are a clever way to hide the clutter. Again, as you are designing your mudrooms or entryways, think about rustic and more natural pieces to give the farm flare and evoke the country lifestyle.