For many people, “farmhouse interior design” translates to traditional and dated appearance. The thing is: a farmhouse interior can be both modern and vintage. Sure, it consists of rustic accessories that remind you of open, airy land and a sweet, slow-paced lifestyle, but you don’t have to change every aspect of your home’s interior to call it “farmhouse style”.
Add complementing furnishings with modern ones, prop up accessories along the tables and wall, maybe make a few changes in colors—and you’re good to go.
Or you can remodel your interior from the ground up, if you want your farmhouse dreams to come true.
Here’s brief breakdown of modern vs. vintage farmhouse interior décor.
Vintage (True) Farmhouse Décor
Vintage farmhouse interior decoration has every element you’ll find in a two-story rustic house out in the countryside. It feels original.
Start with the walls, floors and ceilings. White or beige paint colors are always a good choice. The floors should be wood or a vintage inspired tile. The color of the wood, depending on how you want your interiors to show, can be light and airy with white oak or ultra-cozy with a walnut or cherry hue. Exposed beams on the ceiling complete the basic look of a farmhouse interior.
For lighting, go with period-inspired choices. Barn or schoolhouse lighting always make a great choice. Get as much natural light in as possible during the daytime, and introduce soft incandescent lighting during the night. Furniture and appliances should be true to the style.
And finally, accessories. In every room, add vintage and antique décor. Vintage clocks, wood and metal artwork, as well as, stone and chicken-wire farmhouse kitchen accessories. From the moment you step through your front door, everything along your way should give off a warm and rustic vibe—neutral colors, rustic woods, metallic details--create a welcoming and inviting space.
Modern Farmhouse Décor
With modern farmhouse interior decorating, you incorporate a more black and white color scheme mixing in natural wood and hints of black hardware.
You can use black metal rather than silver or galvanized metals, which add a more rustic appearance in a home setting. For plants, go for cement and stone. Add a white ceramic farmhouse kitchen sink, rustic choices would be granite or stainless steel.
Keep your furniture with more modern lines, but deck it out with farmhouse accessories, such as the addition of a large vintage inspired clock, copper and glass vases and metallic organizers. Vintage framed artwork in the form of framed botanicals on an otherwise contemporary-design wall is another example of mixing old and new.
Just remember to know when to stop accessorizing. The key to designing a beautiful modern farmhouse interior is keeping it simple, displaying things for the sake of adding warmth, not just to fill up spaces.
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