I’ve put together a list of 10 of my favorite farmhouse decor ideas that I believe will help you create that farmhouse look. decor is a design that has stood the test of time. Through the years it has evolved and changed, but the warmth and welcome that this design creates is what seems to set it apart through generations of change. So how do you create the farmhouse look in your home? I’m sharing some of my favorite pieces and also where you can purchase these items.
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One of the most dramatic ways to add farmhouse charm to a room is through lighting. This can be accomplished through major lighting updates like farmhouse-style chandeliers or by accenting with lanterns. It was important to me to update the look of our lighting, while maintaining the history of our almost 100 year old home. I fell in love with this chandelier!
I also love using lanterns that are mostly made from wood like the one pictured below. It just seems to add texture and warmth to the room. You can keep it minimalist or it can be decorated seasonally to add that extra touch of character!
My favorite colors in rugs for my living and dining room are these warm, faded neutral tones. My farmhouse-style historic home is just best suited in earth-tone neutrals. The craftsman style wood trim and neutral paint all work together to create the farmhouse charm. Our original wood floors are truly rustic! They definitely needed to be warmed up with some rugs and possibly hide a little wear and tear! I absolutely love the faded look of this neutral rug. I also love the soft colors of cream, brown, and beige. Normally, I am a diehard bright color girl! It’s been a nice change, but I am still finding ways to add some color here and there along the way. I am in the process of updating my office in blues and will be adding a beautiful, new rug in faded blues. The wonderful thing about rugs is that they are an inexpensive way to update the look of a room. What about you? Do you prefer neutral tones or bright colors?
Oh, I love pillows! My leather couches are beautiful, but I LOVE to change up the look seasonally with overstuffed pillows. Farmhouse-style is about mixing and matching prints and patterns. Don’t be afraid to add some color into your room with your pillows. Mix and match different patterns on your chairs and couches. Overstuffed pillows piled high on beds welcome guests in our guest rooms. Our wrap around porch is adorned with rocking chairs and seasonal pillows. Pillows are an inexpensive and simple way to add farmhouse charm and seasonal whimsy to your room. Here are a few of my favorites that I have found.
Shiplap has been the go-to farmhouse design since Joanna Gaines made it popular on her show “Fixer Upper”. You can achieve this look in so many different ways
- Wallpaper-There are several wallpaper designs that look just like shiplap and are simple to install. https://bit.ly/3cEYr7y
- Shiplap kits-You can purchase kits that have planks that fit together, are paintable, and make a very traditional shiplap look. https://bit.ly/3cMbHHs
- Plywood-You can cut your own planks and create a more rustic shiplap look.
- Uncover shiplap walls in a historic home!
A Farmhouse Sink
When we remodeled our kitchen, I pretty much remodeled it around 2 things – a farmhouse sink and my gourmet range. Do your research and find the sink that is right for you. In today’s market, you can find farmhouse sinks that are functional and beautiful! I chose a double-sided sink that was extra wide and deep. It is ceramic and heavy duty!
This was an investment that was worth every penny and and it should stand the test of time. It gave me the updated look and the use and functionality that I needed, but it preserved the historical look of our home.
Read more about the remodel of our 1920’s kitchen here!
Because my farmhouse look has a lot of wood tones and neutrals I have found that I need to bring in some greenery/plants to warm up my room and add some “life” to the look. I love to add topiaries, boxwood wreaths, and seasonal floral arrangements. I have been known to leave up undecorated “skinny” Christmas trees year round filled with fairy lights to add a little “whimsy!”
My kitchen windows are simply adorned with boxwood wreaths hung by buffalo check ribbon and changed out with seasonal ribbon. Something very simple instantly adds warmth and life to this room!
Motivational wall art
Signs are a great way to add that farmhouse look to your room. I have signs throughout my house that communicate love and faith. They welcome family and friends and set an atmosphere of hospitality, joy, and encouragement. One of my favorites is this beautiful picture that displays my life verse from Ephesians 3:20-21. Art is a great way to communicate your beliefs and passions.
My family room has a large, wire basket filled to the brim with cozy blankets available for any guest to wrap up in on a cold, winter evening. I also have blankets draping chairs in various rooms, folded at the ends of beds, and quilts tucked over the rungs of an antique rustic ladder artfully on display. For me, the farmhouse look is about creating a cozy, welcoming space. Here are a few options that I think will help you stay warm and create that farmhouse look!
I am in love with both of theses patterns! The Chevron pattern blanket is a a more modern farmhouse look. And look at that adorable buffalo check blanket with pom pom fringe! This is a more traditional look and I am loving it!
White dishes are a must have in the farmhouse look. I love the clean, simple look, but I also love that you can mix and match the white dishes with other looks. Ree Drummond has some great white dishes available at Walmart at a great price! They are just so versatile in any season.
Some of my favorite white dishes have always been my scripture dishes. These dishes feature a different grouping of verses based on a theme such as family, prayer, children, love, and many more options to choose from. I love to display them throughout the year and coordinate different accent dishes with them. I especially love how they look at Christmas.
I have several pieces of furniture that I have restored by simply painting them with chalk paint. Painting and distressing furniture gives the look of finding that hidden treasure at the local flea market or having an aged piece of furniture passed down from one generation to the next.
One of my favorites is this beautiful china hutch. It is solid oak, but was dated and didn’t match my farmhouse look. With a little sanding and chalk paint, it became a whole new piece! I’ve pulled pieces of furniture from the trash or the side of the road that I knew I could transform with just a coat of paint! Dixie Bell Chalk paint is my go-to paint for these projects!
These are just a few of the ways that you can add that farmhouse charm to your home. You can find links to all of the products shared in this post on my Shop My Farmhouse Favorites page.
Jana you have a gorgeous home!!! Thanks so much for sharing all of your farmhouse style decorating tips that are sure to help anyone decorate in the farmhouse style.
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Thank you, Maria! It has been so much fun to transform this historic home! I love the phrase “if walls could talk!” This home has a treasure trove of stories through the years. I am so glad we get to share it with others!