Farmhouse or Barn décor is a trend that’s not going away. The look is warm, cozy, relaxing, and full of charm and character. To keep a farmhouse from looking too "country kitsch" there needs to be a balance of old and new. It should be clean, stylish and warmhearted. Follow these tips to ensure your farmhouse look is not put out to pasture:
Originally, farmhouses were decorated with whatever was handy and practical. These days more thought tends to go into decorating in farmhouse style, but practicality is still an important factor. Nothing should be too delicate or precious. Instead, items should be hardy while still maintaining some sophistication and style.
Eclectic is Key
Farmhouses always look like they've evolved over time: so when it comes to your décor, matchy-matchy is a no-no. Farmhouse style shouldn't look too calculated or too contrived either. Craft show items and reproduction nostalgia designed to look "country" can be fun if it's just one or two items, but put too many of them in a room and it will instantly look corny. Instead, check out flea markets and antique shows for items with real nostalgic value.
Elements to Add
Using reclaimed barn board is a great way to add some history and country character to a home. It can be used on floors, walls, like furniture, as shelving—the list goes on.
Exposed wood beams
Like barn board, exposed wood beams keep an element of nature in your home and add some great architectural detail. If your home already has them, consider yourself lucky
Butcher block counters are great in farmhouse kitchens because they keep the look relaxed. They have a great rustic quality and will stay in good shape as long as you treat them regularly. If a kitchen full of butcher block doesn't feel practical for your home, consider just the kitchen island.
A no-brainer for country kitchens, apron sinks practically scream farmhouse. Mix them with some shaker-style cabinets and you're guaranteed a farmhouse look.
You won't necessarily want to fill your entire house with vintage furniture, but you should definitely have some. Pair your new sofa with vintage side chairs and tables; a vintage chest looks great when paired with a new bed; vintage lamps that have been rewired lend character to rooms of all kinds—the point is to mix and match and bring some history into your home.
Take Your Time
Perhaps the most important thing to remember when decorating in farmhouse style is 'don't rush.' Charm and character can't be bought in a day. Don't buy just for the sake of buying, but instead peruse, meander, and collect. Decorate with things that have meaning, whether they're brand new or decades old.
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