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Join our newsletter Name: Your Email Address Contact me with news and offers from other Future brands Thank you for signing up to Realhomes. City dwellers, these are for you too, because we all know farmhouse and country style, isn't reserved for those who live surrounded by fields and cattle. While yes, it helps if you have exposed beams, rustic floorboards and an open fire, but even if you haven't been blessed with these features in your city apartment, there are plenty of ways to bring this ever-popular style into your home.

So if your living room is in need of a revamp, and you fancy embracing this very much Cottagecore approved vibe, we've got plenty of looks to get you started.

From DIY shiplap walls, to picking out a soothing color palette, there's everything you need to get that wholesome, rustic style right here. And to give all those neutral colors a bit of grounding if you are after a more modern look, bring in some darker hues too.

Farmhouse living rooms don't always have to be super rustic, if you like a cleaner, more contemporary look try mixing in some minimalist Scandi elements. Still keep things relaxed with plenty of soft furnishing and wooden accents, but choose modern furniture, keep the space clutter-free and hang simple prints for a more chic take on this traditional look.

There are still lots of textures and layers going on here, but the space feels light and fresher than more traditional country homes.

And we love the wooden coffee table, it works with both styles – the shape is very statement and contemporary, but the finish, the soft, untreated wood, gives it a more rustic appeal.

This rusty orange velvet sofa and the blue armchairs bring the perfect amount of color into this space. The walls, ceilings and floor have all been kept light so despite the darker color of the furniture it feels far from gloomy, a tip we would definitely recommend if you want to work these deeper tones into your living room.

Hunt around at antique stores and thrift shops and pick out pieces that you can upcycle and reuse in your space. And look out for furniture that can be repurposed as something else too – a trunk as a coffee table for example will add some instant rustic vibes.

Add a southwestern flair to a farmhouse-style living room and what you get is a very effortless, slightly boho, cozy space that gets the balance between shabby and chic spot on. To recreate this very cool look, decorate with plenty of white and add in some wooden accents to work with that country style.

Then for the more edgy, ski cabin feel add in some worn textures and subtle patterns throw pillows to create that 'lived in' look. Eclectic details are key to farmhouse style, so curating displays of rustic treasures is a really simple way to add some country charm to your living room.

But if you are renting or want to save the expense of nailing planks of wood to your wall, you can get really authentic-looking wallpapers that are 100% easier to put up. We get that some of us aren't lucky enough to be blessed with all these period features that come with more traditional homes but you can still recreate this look – scour places like eBay (opens in new tab) for second-hand sofas and footstools (remember you can always reupholster them too to match your style), Persian rugs are a must, and look out for vintage fabric you can turn into pillow covers too.

If you are blessed with an actual farmhouse, or a home that has period features, opting for very modern furniture can create a really cool contrast.

Even you don't have a wood burner, logs add so much lovely texture and natural color.

They can look just as stylish piled up on shelving or in an alcove, or why not just arrange some logs in a basket to create a rustic display. Right now modern farmhouse living rooms are the most popular, so neutral hues, plenty of wood but clean lines and minimalist furniture mixed in.

The best thing about redecorating living rooms is unlike a bathroom or a kitchen, you can totally switch up the look on a barely-there budget. Try just switching out your soft furnishings – pick up some new throw pillows in light shades and rustic textures, thrown down a new rug too and you'll instantly start to see a difference.

Don your DIY dungarees and paint your living room in a soft white to make the space feel fresher and more like a blank canvas to start adding some of that farmhouse vibe to. Remember too, farmhouse style is meant to look lived in, so save money by buying second-hand and upcycling your finds.

Bobby Berk's renovation of his childhood home
Bobby Berk's renovation of his childhood home
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