We’ve got you covered with tips, terms and techniques for how to make a Modern Farmhouse, inside and out. While every home will have subtle variations to make it unique, there are a few key architectural features that truly qualify a design as Modern Farmhouse.
Recently, the standing seam metal roof has ingrained itself in Modern Farmhouse design.
There are two main exterior siding styles that really communicate Modern Farmhouse design: lap, and board and batten. While I’ve seen some Modern Farmhouse remodels still capture the look by painting the existing exterior brick, if you are starting from scratch you’ll want to seriously consider these two looks. Also called clapboard or horizontal siding, lap is most commonly made from wood, vinyl or fiber cement (like HardiePlank).
Modern Farmhouse architecture relies more on the variation of materials and textures to develop interest, than it does colors. Such highly texturized finishes allow for light and shadows to play on the sides of the house, creating contrast and distinction. Part of the popularity can be attributed to the bright, clean feel that white projects, as well as the beautiful starkness created against currently on-trend steel windows. Nothing says farmhouse like sipping sweet tea while sitting in a rocking chair on a sweeping front porch.
Now this is purely my own personal opinion and not architectural science, but every Modern Farmhouse certainly needs a porch swing. I often say my happy place is swinging in a gentle breeze, listening to the cicadas chirp on a warm summer evening.
Double hung windows point back to old American farmhouses, but the updated patterns available now help bring the style into today. A double hung window simply means that both the top and bottom sash are operable, so they can both move up and down or tilt. However, the Modern Farmhouse moves away from this style, instead spreading out rooms and forming unique exterior dimensions. This type of layout allows for appropriate proportions and an open floor plan, while still feeling intimate instead of awkward or cavernous. Large front porches, gable roofs, and lap siding are all identifying features of Stick Victorian design. Strip down the decorative detailing, lighten up the colors and open up the floor plan, and you’ve got the beginnings of a Modern Farmhouse.
You can tweak these interior design tips to fit your style, and if there’s an idea you just don’t like, throw it out and find your own alternative. While the inside does not have to be monochromatic (in fact, it shouldn’t be), it should still cling to a mostly neutral palette to keeps things feeling light and airy.
Wrought iron fixtures and hardware stand out beautifully against lighter colors, while a straight-edged, wood coffee table can create great juxtaposition next to a plush, linen couch.
Plain white walls all around your house can feel sterile, so try breaking it up with some shiplap or board and batten.
Just remember to use flat boards and straight edges in keeping with the Modern Farmhouse style. Carrera marble is probably the most popular Modern Farmhouse countertop, but butcher block and dark gray stone also create the clean lines and contrast you want for this style.
In a Modern Farmhouse, the kitchen is the hub for family and guests, thus an oversized island is central to capturing this open and friendly aesthetic. Free standing range hoods and open shelving are two more details that grasp that farmhouse feel while also keeping the kitchen light and uncluttered. Plus open shelves provide a beautiful space to display your favorite dishes or cookware, and unique vintage finds.
Don’t just walk into a big name furniture outlet and buy a living room set, but instead source your pieces from a variety of stores, vintage shops and antique purveyors.
Find a sturdy, antique buffet for your dining room, or maybe use an apothecary chest for a coffee table with extra storage. Common spaces for barn doors include the dining room, study, or from the master bedroom to the bathroom.
Hang a chalk board, put galvanized metal planters in your bedroom, create a pretty vignette on a tray for your coffee table. Check out our Modern Farmhouse decor Pinterest board for ideas and inspiration to help you achieve that perfect balance and make it your own.
But Modern Farmhouse style is about more than just piecing together the right design and decor elements, it’s about how the home makes you feel.
They are designed to be a great gathering place for friends and loved ones, to escape from the bustle and grind of life and just enjoy the important things.
Broad harvest tables are made to be laden with Southern feasts served family-style, not antique China you never actually eat off of. To own a Modern Farmhouse is to embrace the simplicity and charm of an older way of life, but incorporate current features and concepts to bring that traditional style into the present day.
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