Farmhouse style interior design has boomed in popularity over the past few years. This design style is known for its rustic charm combined with a touch of modern flair. People love it for its practical simplicity. Here’s a look into the key elements of modern farmhouse style and how you can easily incorporate them into your home:
What Is a Modern Farmhouse?
The modern farmhouse style combines rural architecture with modern comforts. The focus of modern farmhouse is on creating a utilitarian space that is practical in both form and function. All of the furnishings and textiles are specifically chosen to withstand frequent use.
Pieces made out of wood are commonly found in these designs. Natural textiles, like linen or cotton, are preferred. Upholstery is typically made of solid, neutral colors. There is a strong preference for interesting textures rather than patterns. If a pattern is incorporated into the design, it is usually a classic print like simple stripes, buffalo checks or stylized florals.
There is also a sense of imperfection in modern farmhouse designs. You won’t always see a home filled with all new furnishings here. In fact, it’s very common to see worn floorboards and weathered or antique furniture. This style is not fussy. All of the décor is kept very simple.
Modern farmhouses are not cluttered.
The Modern Farmhouse Color Palette
The color palette of modern farmhouse designs is composed of simple, natural colors that are drawn from the landscape. White is extremely popular, especially when paired with contrasting black trim. Colors used in a modern farmhouse usually come from these five categories:
- Warm neutrals
- Cool neutrals
- Natural blues and greens
- Earth tones
- Spice shades
When you are choosing your color palette, consider the 60-30-10 rule. These percentages help you play with contrast in the space. 60% of the space should be your base color. In many farmhouse designs, this base shade will be white, but other neutral shades can work well too.
For 30% of the space, you should choose something a bit darker or more intense. Many people choose to use an earthy shade for this. For the final 10%, you should choose your boldest shade to serve as an accent. This would typically be a darker earth tone or spice shade.
Top off your modern farmhouse design with some of these finishing touches:
- Homemade and handcrafted pieces
- Quilts in traditional or modern designs draped over a sofa or bench
- Industrial or barn style lighting
- Rural style artwork
- Heirloom pieces
- Throw pillows, a plush couch, or comfy accent chairs to balance out the heaviness of the wood
- Woven baskets for storage
Don’t Forget the Window Treatments
Polar Shades’s interior window shades pair beautifully with a modern farmhouse style. Their simplicity and functionality complement the overall aesthetic. A light color fabric, such as white or cream, with a higher level of opacity is ideal. The natural light will highlight the beauty of the wood accents. If you’d like to schedule a free, in-home consultation or learn more about our products, contact a dealer in your area today.