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Ways to Incorporate the Farmhouse Look

Written by Posted On Monday, 11 February 2019 08:03

I have never lived in a farmhouse - but I have always loved the look of farmhouse decor. Luckily, it is one of the more popular home decor trends, so it's hard to go wrong with it.

I have never been particularly good at making my home look like something in Country Living, and I am okay with that.

We have a good friend, Renee, who does well with placing things in a way that they look stylish, so we call her in a few times a year and had her give us some tips. 

Recently, my obsession has been the farmhouse look. We got some pretty solid advice from Renee, and I wanted to share some of the top things you can do to help your house have the "farmhouse look".

The important thing to remember about the farmhouse look is that it is not bright and flashy, it's supposed to be natural, soothing, and texturized. 

Use Dimension and Texture

I think one of my favorite design aspects of the farmhouse look is the walls. Often they are covered with white (or off white) shiplap. If you want to start with something simpler, consider adding a beadboard to the walls instead.

Neutral Colors

When picking out paint for your walls, try and stay away from overly bright or dark colors. A nice muted tan or gray looks nice (or you can do a white/offwhite if you prefer). If you decide to paint the rooms different colors, make sure they are a part of the same color scheme.

Be Seasonal

Part of what makes farmhouse decor neat is the use of seasonal decor in your home - the more natural the better. Fall is my favorite time to decorate with nature, but this is something that can be done year-round (and you can reuse the same decor next year!)

Use Wood

Antique looking wood in various forms will help your home feel more rustic. Renee actually made us a sign for our door out of salvaged wood she had. If you can add a few distressed pieces around your house, all the better!

Be Aware of Permanent Changes

If you are anything like me and frequently change your mind about your home decor, it would be wise for you to make sure you don't make too many permanent changes. If you plan to resell the home soon, double check with your realtor to make sure that they do not think your home decor update will impact your ability to sell.

Look at Thrift Stores

It may be difficult to find the look you want at a normal furniture store. As farmhouse decor continues to gain in popularity, more stores are carrying furniture that has the farmhouse look. You can certainly go this route, but you will pay three to four times (at least) the cost for a ver similar piece of furniture.

Overall, the farmhouse look is still very popular among homeowners. Although we are sure it will eventually stop being popular, it doesn't appear that that is happening anytime soon. The farmhouse look can be one of the cheaper ways to decorate your house, if you know where to shop. Either way, we wish you luck!

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