Rustic farmhouse style never goes out of style. In fact, just like fine wine, they get better with age! After many of us have been stuck inside chained to our laptops, we're starting to appreciate our space and how it can influence our mood. We want to make every room have a character and a voice that matches our own. At the same time, our spaces have turned multifunctional, turning the dining table into a remote desk, the patio into a makeshift or make-believe escape into a French country cottage, and the bathroom into a sanctuary for relaxation and spa treatments.
Farmhouse decor is flexible; it incorporates natural, nostalgic, and well-loved elements into your living space, it doesn't have to mean floor to ceiling shiplap. Modern farmhouse design can take the best elements of traditional "country style" and marries them to modern color palettes, materials, and items that feel current yet grounded.
You don't need to have a quaint and secluded cottage to embrace the farmhouse look. In this blog, we'll go over how you can incorporate charming farmhouse decor ideas into any space, old and new.
Natural elements like wood, metal, and stone, provide a timeless rustic backdrop that roots your home in tradition and lets the rest of your decor change with the seasons and your personal style. Reclaimed wood dining tables, desks, floating shelves, chairs, bar stools, ceiling joists, and cabinets all hint at the bones of your house without overwhelming the space. Reclaimed wood tells a story of its own no matter what rooms it's in and makes for a beautiful grand dining room table.
One of the great things about wood is that different shades and wood types often complement each other, they don't have to be 100% matchy matchy. As you can see here in this customer's rustic revamped kitchen, the floorboards, kitchen countertops, and ceiling joists are all different types of wood. They work together because they are grounded and distanced from one another by a solid set of neutral white cabinets and walls. They all work together and tell their own story rather than competing for attention.
Stone fireplaces are the perfect centerpiece to farmhouse living rooms all year long, even if the fire isn't blazing. Even marble countertops can give your farmhouse kitchen decor a touch of modernity and freshness. Rustic metals like iron, copper, and brass can bring your decor into "the now" while still showcasing its charm and history. Metal hardware handles, sconces, light fixtures, bathtubs, and table bases are great ways to add another natural luxe element to your room without breaking the bank.
The color palette of a room or home can be transformative! Luckily, when it comes to home improvement and decorating, swapping paint colors is one of the easiest things to DIY and make your own. Rustic decor often has its own rich color palette consisting of warm and cool earth tones and natural elements. One of the best ways to highlight rustic furniture and make it the focal point of the room is to start out with a neutral slate and build from there. White walls and neutral colors complement the variety of rich natural tones in wooden features instead of competing with them. A contrasting color, like black and white against a wooden element, also helps the furniture to become the focal point instead of blending in with its canvas. Keeping the walls simple and clean allows you more freedom to fill your space with pops of color that feel like you!
You don't have to be a master of interior design to develop your own custom color palette. Online programs like Sherwin Williams' ColorSnap tool make it easy to pull colors from "inspo" pictures. If you came across a photo of a staged interior or a piece of furniture that you'd like to find complementing colors for, all you have to do is upload the picture and it does the work for you. We've uploaded a picture of our reclaimed wood dining table that a customer made their own. The tool identified the colors of the wood, wall paint, and decor and recommended bright complementary colors that will bring out the best of the dining table while still letting it remain the centerpiece of the room. If you're in a color rut, this is a great place to start.
Small spaces like entryways, bathrooms, reading nooks, bars, and laundry rooms also appreciate thoughtful pop of color. Try adding a nature-inspired color to an accent wall and keep the decor simple. You can check out Pantone's Spring/Summer 2021 Color Trend Highlights for some inspiration!
Fabric choice is another way to add personal flair to your space and accent your staple rustic furniture pieces. If you're an old soul who loves vintage shabby chic interiors, try reupholstering some throw pillows with a vintage textile. If you want to stay cozy, think chunky knits, wool, and checkered patterns. Leather looks sleek and luxe against other natural elements like wood and metal. A rustic swivel bar stool or accent chair would look great with a leather cushion. Want your space to feel ultra-modern and luxe? Fur (or faux fur) is your friend! Drape a fur pelt over an accent chair or use a fur rug to accent wooden floorboards and metal table legs. The great thing about fabric is that you don't have to remodel the entire room to give it a breath of fresh air. Simply swapping out blankets, throw pillows, or cushions can give you a total room makeover on a budget.
Creating and narrowing down a vision for your space is the first step. Staple pieces like rustic dining tables, entertainment centers, dressers, and built-in shelving can serve as your guiding light as you find room decor to accent your furniture and add some cozy and classic country living to your space.
Decorating Ideas for the Living Room
Add a wooden mantel to your fireplace: You don't have to get a stonemason involved to give your fireplace some new love! The experts at Rustic Red Door can custom build a live edge or squared wooden mantel to top your fireplace. From there, you're free to add greenery, picture frames, art, candles, or whatever accent pieces you'd like to make your own.
Make a shiplap or wood-paneled wall: This isn't your mama's 1970s wood-paneled wall! White or light brown horizontal wood panels add a beautiful and understated accent against your wall or entertainment center that will bring you back to summers spent at the lake house.
Add a farmhouse coffee table: If you already have a couch that you're in love with and need something to tie it all together, a rustic wooden coffee table could do the trick. Our Foxfield reclaimed coffee table has built-in storage so it's much more than a place to set down your mug.
Make your own gallery wall: Centralized wall decor is a great way to draw attention to one area of your living room without feeling overcrowded or too busy. It's also a great way to showcase more historical elements of your home and history. When crafting your gallery wall, try to select wall art that fits into your overall color palette. You can also display items on wooden floating shelves to tie together wooden elements from other areas of the house.
Add some texture: Fabric choices and wood grains can add another unexpected and interesting element to the room. Macrame wall hangers, rugs, live edge wood, fur, and items like wicker baskets can add history and beautiful eclecticism to your space that shows not everything came "straight out of the box".
Decorating Ideas for your Farmhouse Dining Room
Make the table the center of attention: The purpose of the dining room is in the name (even if it has become your new home office). A dining area is a place for connection, sharing, and priceless family memories. Celebrate the dining room by making the table the center of attention! Reclaimed wood dining tables are made to be enjoyed with the entire family. They're a grand piece that doesn't require any added frills to make a statement. Help your table stand out by placing it in the center of the room, adding a bench and accent chairs, keeping centerpieces understated, or using a contrasting wall color to highlight its natural colors.
Try hanging a rustic chandelier: Rustic chandeliers also center in on the grandness of the table without going overboard. Metal chandeliers add modernity to rustic wooden tables.
Add an accent-colored buffet: Storage is the name of the game for big families. It can also be a charming design element! Buffets in an accent color like white can tie in elements of the dining room without feeling crowded or overwhelming next to a wooden table.
Add privacy with a sliding barn door: A grand room such as the dining room requires a grand entrance. Rustic barn doors not only help to contain the dining area, but it can also transform the room into a makeshift home office with thick doors to keep background noise out of your zoom calls.
Keep art to a minimum: A great piece of simplistic modern art can add personal flair and modernity to your dining room. Multiple framed pictures, wall art, and sconces might look nice in a clean dining room but when you imagine it filled with people, plates, and foods, it can be overwhelming. Keep art simple, understated, and secondary to all the laughs and foods that will be shared around the dining room table
Decorating Ideas for your Bedroom
Bed first: The bedroom is one of the few places in the house that should have one main purpose - sacred sleep. Because the bed will be the largest piece of furniture in the room, be selective about the frame and fabric you use to make sure you have breathing room with your other furniture pieces. You can incorporate rustic style into your bed frame with a wooden bedframe accented by airy and lightly colored sheets.
Add a bedside bench: If you have an understated bed frame, try adding a live edge bench at the foot of your bed. It's a great way to add another natural rustic element to the room and it creates a comfortable space-conscious area to slip on your shoes at the start and end of the day.
Hang wooden framed pictures:Wooden frames add touches of classic farmhouse style without overwhelming the room. This is a great alternative for small spaces. Rustic Red Door has frames made from reclaimed wood. You can fill them with personalized quotes, your initials, family pictures, or even a mirror. Etsy is your friend too! A great way to add a personalized touch to your or your child's bedroom is to commission a piece of art and frame it on your wall.
Separate the master bath with a distressed barn door: The bedroom is a sanctuary for sleep, and the bathroom is a sanctuary for a spa! Separate the two rooms with an interior sliding barn door. Rustic barn doors can become an accent piece of their own, especially when contrasted against the wall color. Plus, they save on space!
Decorating Ideas for your Kitchen
Add more space with an island: Adding a butcher’s block island to your kitchen is a lifesaver! There's no such thing as too much counter space, especially with a big family. A kitchen island with storage and elements that reflect barn doors and other rustic elements from throughout the house can bring a rustic feeling to your modern kitchen.
Turn your stainless steel appliances black: Stainless steel is the gold standard for new appliances but it just doesn't have the same charm as an old icebox. Luckily, you can keep all the modern technology and add some rustic yet luxe flair by painting your appliances black with bronze or copper hardware. It looks stunning against cabinets and alongside other metal hardware in your kitchen like the sink, handles, and table legs.
Add a wooden door casing:Wooden door casings make a big difference. It's an easy trick to transform your kitchen without having to rework the layout of kitchen cabinets or appliances.
Save space with bar stools: You'd be surprised how often you use breakfast bars once you have them! They're a great place to have a cup of coffee, answer emails, treat guests to a drink, and feed the kids before school. Our farmhouse bar stools come in a variety of shapes and styles from padded barrel-style stools, to high-top swivel stools with walnut seats and backs. Drape a light blanket over the back to turn the counter into a cozy nook where you can enjoy your morning coffee.
Stick to the essentials: It's easy for your kitchen to feel cluttered and overwhelmed by appliances, dishes that were definitely supposed to be cleaned before you got home, and jars of food. Whenever possible, keep the counters clear and decorate with a bowl of fruit, some plants, or small decorative pieces like scented candles and a wooden cutting board. Rustic home decor does not have to be one size fits all or even full-on country living! It’s an aesthetic that blends familiar and timeless nature-derived elements into any living space.
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