“It’s really about a lifestyle and bringing that simpler, clean aesthetic to a home, and really focusing on what matters the most,” she says. And while you might recognize it when you see it, understanding the core design elements and principles can help anyone bring this welcoming and homey style into their space. The classic farmhouse look—also known as a traditional farmhouse—is often defined by a more rustic country style, often making use of vintage furniture or familiar patterns like plaid.
“It’s simpler, flat cut; [it] features unlacquered brass, for example, and [it’s] a little bit more traditionalist.” Deeper colors like burgundy, green, or blue are also common in a more rustic farmhouse style. Though homes on farmlands have existed for as long as farmers have, many attribute the traditional farmhouses in Europe from the 16th and 17th centuries as the inspiration for this specific aesthetic.