How to Get the Modern Farmhouse Look Right

Cozy, comfortable, and charming: the modern farmhouse look is perfectly welcoming and expertly combines two of the most iconic décor trends of all times: the rustic antique and the contemporary chic. Perhaps at some point it might have been unbelievable to think of a décor trend which could combine the clean, pristine, and minimal modern style with the rustic and bucolic ambience of countrified traditional living. Then came the modern farmhouse look which is adored and admired by many, owing to its convenience, uniqueness, and indisputable aesthetic appeal.

For beginners it is often difficult to understand how to best achieve the look, and people often end up asking themselves: how much is “modern” enough? What colors should I opt for? How do I ensure that I haven’t overdone the modern look?

First Things First: The Differences

Understanding the modern farmhouse look is the first step to getting it right. While most people at the first glance take its white and pristine, clean look for a more “conventional” and contemporary take (and are to an extent right), there’s more to the look than meets the eye. The differences while subtle, can be seen if one is observant.

While an interior décor style that is simply modern makes use of more angular and geometric items, a modern farmhouse look is softer and overall demurer.

Photography: Aly Carroll

Photography: Aly Carroll

There are no loud accents, so to say, nothing that is too ostentatious, in a modern farmhouse style. The colors used are neutrals and pastels, with dark blacks and blues used sparingly in contrast. Decorative items instead of being flashy and enormous are instead dainty and more delicate looking.

Think of a contemporary chic style if your grandma was doing it. It’s less flamboyant and more sedate as compared to an all-out modern décor.

How It’s Different from a Vintage Style Farmhouse

While obviously borrowing its elements of comfort from good old country living, not to mention the rustic accents which help bring an earthiness and natural feel to the whole affair, the modern farmhouse look isn’t exactly the same as a vintage or a classic farmhouse. A classic farmhouse is more of a Moorish affair, made to look as if one was actually dwelling on a farm in some Highlands. The modern farmhouse look makes do with many of the “heavy” elements to be found in a classic farmhouse style décor and replaces it with lighter variants from contemporary chic. Classic farmhouse look also brings with it bright colors which in a modern farmhouse interior are substituted with warm, neutral shades. Instead of an all-wood everything, in a modern farmhouse you can use concrete and stainless steel for a more modern and more practical appeal.

Designer: Trickle Creek

Designer: Trickle Creek

As opposed to heavy lighting, in the modern farmhouse look dim lighting is preferred, while the overall spaces are kept neat and spacious instead of cramming them with heavy furniture. Think of a rustic farmhouse without committing to the period: elements like steel, sleek lighting, etc. pop up more frequently in a modern farmhouse interior.

Photo: Whitlock

Photo: Whitlock

Design: Sheila Mayden

Design: Sheila Mayden

Looking for Farmhouse Décor?

Take comfort from classic farmhouse style interiors, flair from modern chic, combine the two and you have the perfect modern farmhouse arsenal at your disposal. From mirrors to botanical paintings and much, much more, we at The Grey Antler have got all your modern farmhouse décor needs covered.

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