17th Aug 2017
Creating Farmhouse Interiors
Every year, interior trends come and go but some styles stand the test of time. The well-loved farmhouse look is one that adds character, warmth and a hint of cosiness to any home and it’s surprisingly affordable to recreate.
Farmhouse décor certainly isn’t just for period homes either. While those with older homes can take advantage of high ceilings, traditional fireplaces and open beams, owners of modern houses can easily enjoy this rustic trend too. Farmhouse-style interiors have recently had a modern update, where the old and new have come together to add a sleek new twist on a classic style.
With the help of interior designer, Sarah Slimm, we have created some inspirational mood boards and top tips on how to introduce the farmhouse look to your home.
For a classic farmhouse:
A classic interior fits effortlessly into a farmhouse and can complement traditional features in the home.
- Traditional farmhouses are typically light and bright, so try sticking to a fairly neutral paint palette, with creams, soft whites and light greys.
- As the foundation to any home, it is worth researching and investing in a floor that will work perfectly for your needs. Keep things classic with a stone floor that is both durable and aesthetically pleasing. Beige or light grey stone flooring works well, you can also inject a hint of countryside charm into the room with weathered or antique stone.
- Get creative with classic shaker-style cupboards that can be customised, upcycled and made unique with a little bit of DIY. Try painting the cupboards and pairing soft mink or taupe shades with cobalt blue or light purple. Rich tones create a wonderful contrast with lighter hues, adding a hint of luxury and decadence into the room.
- If you’re redecorating your kitchen or dining room, don’t forget to add a wooden farmhouse table. Lovers of the classic farmhouse trend needn’t be afraid of bold furniture and weathered tables that are either painted or stained adding tonnes of character. Keep it traditional with matching wooden chairs and plush cushions.
- At the heart of any farmhouse kitchen is an AGA stove. Worth the investment, the AGA stove is a must-have for any homeowner that’s serious about interiors. Designed to last for generations, it’s a timeless addition that looks fantastic in period homes.
- Don’t forget that finishing touches can make all the difference. Upholstered chairs and wicker baskets for fruit and veg are an easy addition and add a homely, lived-in touch to any space.
For a modern farmhouse:
Incorporating contemporary styles into your interior designs can create a sleek farmhouse look for your home.
- Modern farmhouse homes certainly shouldn’t limit their choice to a bland colour palette. Consider adding a hint of colour through surfaces, cupboard doors and textiles. Hazy purple, duck egg blue, lemon and spring green can all look beautiful with a muted backdrop.
- Don’t be afraid to push boundaries when it comes to flooring, it can be a subtle way of adding colour and texture to the room. Slate floors suit farmhouse buildings well but mix it up a bit with dark purple slate or multi-coloured granite.
- While shaker-style cupboards will help to draw on the traditions of a farmhouse, you can bring them into the 21st century with a little DIY. Think about painting the doors with a statement colour or remove the doors completely to create a nice display cabinet and channel another farmhouse trend – open shelves.
- Add touches of modern style with a breakfast bar and chrome kitchen accessories. Bar stools can offer an industrial-edge and contrast beautifully with a worn wooden top.
- Exposed brick around the home is one for the modernists and an ideal backdrop for open shelves. Keep things sleek and decorate shelves with assorted ornaments, antique signs and wire baskets. Ceramic accents are another must-have, but keep them to a minimum. You might even prefer to opt for white enamel instead to stay in line with the cleaner, more contemporary vibe.
Adding a handful of the features above is sure to help you bring farmhouse chic into your home, whether you’re staying traditional or looking to add your own modern twist on the trend. Make investments in key areas, like the flooring or with an AGA stove, then enjoy hunting for bargains at antique fairs and trying your hand at a few DIY projects!