Can you create a farmhouse style living room without undergoing a major renovation? The answer to this question is particularly relevant if you are not planning for a costly renovation. Also, adding individual decor elements like wall art and area rugs are quicker and less permanent than redoing walls and floors. What about a newly built house with modern interior architectural features?
The short answer is yes. However, this post will tackle the longer answer. Can you get your living room to feel rustic and country enough to call it farmhouse? You want your living room to look and feel like your ideal farmhouse style. Not a space that looks exactly like a magazine cover or an HGTV farmhouse makeover. So, now you must be wondering, if it is up to me to decide and choose, then why would I even bother to read any further?
Simply put, there are fundamental elements that make a farmhouse style. Or, let’s say there are design strategies that can bring about the cozy and laid-back farmhouse vibe into your living room. The farmhouse charm is what this post is going to elaborate on. Like in many decorating styles there are no hard and fast rules to follow. But there are guidelines that would make sure you get the country feel. Often times a mix of the farmhouse style with other interior styles such as modern, industrial, or regional references such as French country styles are common.
How to get the Farmhouse Style Living Room
The question that this post is trying to elucidate then is not whether this can be achieved without a major renovation, but rather, which farmhouse style you are most drawn towards. Eventually, the initial question posed at the outset of this introduction will become relevant once you have determined what you want to achieve.
For now, let’s dive in to find out what those farmhouse decor elements are and how to achieve them.
Coastal Farmhouse Influence
So many farmhouse elements in this living room by Royal Oaks Design. From the white wood paneling walls, the wood floors, exposed wood beams, and ceiling, to the stone facing fireplace and the vintage wood coffee table. Note the wide couches covered in neutral tone textile and the oversized coffee table. The living space looks lived-in while maintaining a welcoming vibe.
The country feel is what makes the farmhouse decor so charming. A balance between old looking elements such as the ceiling beams and coffee table and newer looking wall shelves, cabinets, and sofas. The industrial ceiling lights and floor lamps also emphasize this mix between the old and the new in this fresh and elegant interior.
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By having a natural wood paneling on the wall, the warm character of this living room is amplified. Grey wood wall paneling adds so much country feel that the background becomes a design feature without needing any decorations. The wood coffee and side tables display clean modern lines with white finishes. The table vignettes and metal wall-clock add a note of vintage elements to balance the other modern features in this room. The contemporary leather sofa addition completes and anchors the old with the new making this room a casual modern farmhouse living space.
The mix and match between old or reclaimed vintage accessories and new but distressed ones along with modern clean line interior elements can contribute to a modern farmhouse living room. Interestingly, a relaxed, lived-in, and less formal living room feel can be achieved even within a contemporary urban living room.
Modern Farmhouse Retreat
The colors and textures are working amazingly well to bring the farmhouse look to this space. With its modern detail through crisp and contemporary lines, this living room still convey a strong farmhouse flair. The deep comfortable seats with thick pillows add to the relaxed and laid-back look. Sometimes only a few pieces of decor can make a significant impact on the way a space look.
via Buffalo Lumber
Painted Wood Panel Walls
White tongue and groove wood paneling is the design feature in this great or living room. The wood paneling instantly gave the interior a comfortable farmhouse look. Other elements that contributed to reinforcing the farmhouse style include the slipcovered couches, metal chairs, and metal chandeliers. The standard fireplace surrounded by Carrera marble tile and accented with grey wood paneling acts as the room’s focal point; a prominent farmhouse design element.
This house is located in the middle of Florida and it exhibits a distinct modern farmhouse charm.
Dastugue Residence via St Romain Interiors
Farmhouse Style Living Room Decor Elements
Below are some farmhouse style features and decor elements to consider when decorating or redecorating your living room:-
- All white or neutral light-colored look,
- Dominant fireplace, subtle mantel decor, vignettes,
- Open shelves and cabinets,
- Cozy fabrics including cozy pillows, natural materials, and textiles such as cotton, linen and burlap, slipcovers
- Vintage, reclaimed or heritage accessories, industrial lighting,
- Vintage, wood furniture with a rustic flair,
- Tongue-and-groove paneling, shiplap and butt boards,
- Neutral floor rug
- Signage wall art
- Even ceilings with exposed (reclaimed) beams,
- Barn doors,
- No to glass, and
- Wide plank or concrete floors
The end result of what you want your living space to look and feel like will largely depend on your own personal touch and flair. So, don’t be afraid to experiment with the different components that make your living room decor and see how you like the outcome. The farmhouse design style is a way to create a comfortable setting that is not formal. Often times, that includes the use of elements that have a history such as antiques in order to achieve that lived-in feel. Bring your own story into the design to add that personalized farmhouse touch to your interior.
Ball Residence via St Romain Interiors
Homestead Farm via Beautiful Chaos
Hamptons Style Renovation via Beautiful Chaos
Farmhouse Colors and Materials
White-painted or natural wood paneling is a farmhouse style design staple. Similarly, white-painted or natural colored wide plank flooring is common.
Textile fabrics such as cotton, linen, and burlap are prominent with reviving the country style.
Metals such as galvanized aluminum and iron are often included as a reference to the traditional farmhouse lifestyle. A little bit of rust and earth tones are common in traditional or historic farmhouse interiors.
Furniture is a mixture of all the above materials and colors are kept subtle to remain gentle on the eyes. Earth tones are also a color option for furniture. A little contrast in color can sometimes be introduced with pillow fabrics and other transitory or volatile decor elements.
How to style your Living Room with Farmhouse Elements
Traditional farmhouse style includes decor elements that are reminiscent of the historical farmhouses (which often included a separate barn house) amidst a working farm in a rural setting. Those elements include wood furniture, exposed natural-looking wide plank floors, the use of iron and galvanized aluminum and (sliding) barn doors to mention a few.
Modern farmhouse, on the other hand, can be a mix of country, industrial, and other styles over a neutral or white walls background with modern influences and modern interior architectural setting. The idea is to create an ambiance or feel that takes inspiration from the historical farmhouse textures, materials, and colors. Eventually, the space that is styled with a farmhouse look has to feel warm, comfortable, casual, and vintage (without necessarily being old, such as deliberately distressed newly built furniture).
Add Farmhouse Charm
Add farmhouse character to your living space by introducing real vintage decor and natural wood elements. A rustic farmhouse living room will undoubtedly suit a country-style house (or historic farmhouse) given its interior architectural elements are meant for a farmhouse look and feel. However, a city or urban apartment’s (or urban house’s) living room can be decorated with farmhouse style furniture, floor rugs, vintage accessories over neutral tone walls which will end up into a modern farmhouse interior.
Sunshine Hollow via Holland Homes
Oversized furniture is favored to create a comfortable setting in the living room. Handmade furniture with metal and wood materials with some imperfections is good pieces to include. Furniture pieces that look durable and long lasting will work well in creating a farmhouse look.
Open shelves and cabinets that exhibit your favorite items are commonly associated with the farmhouse style.
Farmhouse Vignettes & Decor Accessories
Add vintage-inspired accessories like enamelware, wood bowls, and galvanized steel buckets or baskets to your coffee table, console, and side tables.
Vignettes are ways through which you can also add antique elements that have been passed down from your grand-parents or previous generations to your home interior. While some vignettes can be more permanent and suitable for a shelf, others are more seasonal and probably work best on your fireplace mantle or coffee table. Choose pieces that are going to accent your overall decor. Sometimes, it can be simple pieces like candle holders that have remained in the family for generations.
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Final word, farmhouse style cannot be achieved by using a set of matching pieces of furniture. For the right farmhouse look to be achieved, a mix of old and new is paramount. There are contemporary furniture pieces that would work in a farmhouse setting. Just make sure to balance the overall decor with some vintage pieces for that lived-in feel to be apparent.
Handmade imperfect or distressed pieces of furniture are great at including history into your living room. Antiques that have remained in your family for generations are also going to become conversation pieces while you tell our own family history.
Remember that farmhouse style in the 21st century is different in that it includes contemporary and new elements. The balance between the old and the new is what makes farmhouse style so alluring. Not only is that a strategy that works in both old and newly built houses, but it also has the potential to look timeless. What’s intriguing about farmhouse interior decor is that it is neither old-fashioned nor is it modern.
Can you think of other ways to achieve a modern rustic living room look and feel?
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