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There’s nothing wrong with craving change and wanting a fresh start, if that’s what you feel. Lately, I’ve gotten a lot of the same question in my inbox: “How do I transition out of farmhouse style in my home?”

If you feel like you’re ready for a new style, you can definitely change up the decor in your home without killing your budget…

You’ll end up buying decor or furniture to play “trial and error” while wasting money making costly mistakes when really all it takes is a little time to sit down and reflect.

Follow these 6 Steps to Find Your Decorating Style before making any changes. Walk around your home and make a list of items that no longer “speak” to you.

Maybe it’s distressed furniture, rusted galvanized pieces, wooden word signs, chippy decor, reclaimed architecture pieces, rugs, graphic throw pillows, etc. When we moved into our new-to-us house and I decorated with farmhouse items for about a year, I wasn’t feeling the wooden signs, industrial metal, and reclaimed wood.

I swapped farmhouse decor for more classic pieces and ended up painting our lower cabinets green for a quick kitchen refresh to get a more classic-meets-modern look.

Decide what pieces of your farmhouse decor you can repurpose to transform into a new look.

Can that distressed piece of furniture just be updated with a coat of paint? Maybe just Mod Podge a vintage art print on that wood sign or on that canvas.

Or swap out farmhouse art in your frames with antique oil painting prints. Your house might feel a bit empty for a few days or weeks, but that’s okay. Allowing your house to “breathe” a little bit can help give you clarity. A few bare walls and empty shelves allow you to envision new ideas and take inventory of what items you do need to fill the gaps. Minimalism isn’t necessarily a bad thing, especially since farmhouse style is notorious for filling every nook and cranny of a home with “stuff”. Dedicate a Pinterest board for each room of your house to save ideas with your new style inspirations.

If you’re feeling extra ambitious, make a mood board! When starting to buy new items in your new style you identified in Step 1, begin with just 1 or 2 larger pieces to inspire your direction. Large items will make the biggest impact in a room (rather than 10 small things).

(When planning a room, many pro interior designers use a piece of art or rug as a jumping off point, so it’s the perfect way for anyone of all skill levels to start designing a space.) Solid curtain panels (perk: they make windows appear larger) Clean, white bedding (bonus points: it makes a bedroom feel like a spa hotel)

I’ve been venturing away from farmhouse style for nearly 4 years now, and while it was certainly a challenge in the beginning, the journey has made me so much more aware of making smarter decorating decisions to span time and not just because something is “on trend”.

8 steps to transition your decorating style from farmhouse (or any other trend) to a new decorating style without breaking the budget.
8 steps to transition your decorating style from farmhouse (or any other trend) to a new decorating style without breaking the budget.
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