Farmhouse Style – Everything You Need To Know

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What Is Farmhouse Style?

Farmhouse style at the core is all about mixing new and old elements for a cozy, comfortable home. It’s all about simplicity, beauty, and creating a lived-in aesthetic in your home.

Traditionally, farmhouses are simple homes built on farmland to house those who worked or owned the land. They have been around for decades and you would mostly find them in rural areas.

Nowadays, farmhouse style doesn’t mean that you live on a farm. It refers more to styling your home with trademark elements that echo a farm homestead and a simple mindset that often comes with living the country life.

One thing that farmhouse-style homes have in common is that they have items that look collected and not matchy-matchy. Pairing new sofas with vintage side tables is one way to achieve this look. When farmhouse decorating, the point is to mix and match to create a look that has evolved over time.

At the heart of it, farmhouse style is very comfortable, versatile and not at all formal.

Why is farmhouse style so popular?

You can’t discuss the farmhouse style without mentioning Chip and Joanna Gaines. If you have ever watched the HGTV show Fixer Upper you will know what I’m talking about. Although this style has been around for a while, this dynamic duo definitely launched it to a whole new level.

There’s A Few Reasons That This Cozy Yet Simple Style Is So Popular.

  1. Timeless Look. Trends and styles change. By choosing your pieces carefully, you can decorate with things you love now and have your style last far into the future with just a few tweaks here and there.
  2. It’s Family Friendly. One advantage of decorating with distressed and vintage-looking furniture is that it already comes with some character. A few dings or scratches from the kids will only add to the look.
  3. Versatility. There is a ton of versatility with the farmhouse style. You can lean in more to a modern look or pivot to a more industrial farmhouse style.
  4. Easy To Duplicate. You can find farmhouse decor everywhere nowadays. Whether you are shopping in the store, online, or heading to a local flea market you will almost always find some farmhouse home decor to add to your house.
  5. Warm & Cozy Feels. At the end of the day, people want to feel comfortable and relaxed in their homes. This style helps achieve this feeling.


Neutral Color Palette

The foundation of farmhouse colors is a neutral color palette. White is definitely the main color but you can also bring in shades of gray and beige. Then you want to bring in earthier tones for accent colors. Common colors would include sage, navy blue, etc. Darker neutral colors (brown/black) will usually be mixed in with wood elements and metals.

Having a neutral color palette will set the foundation for the room which will allow you to easily switch up home decor accents that will seamlessly blend in.

Farmhouse Style Living Room with neutral colors. White slipcover sofas and wood table, white curtains, plant in corner

Farmhouse Look Basics

One of the things I love about the farmhouse look is how much versatility it has. As long as you stick to some basics, you can create a beautiful farmhouse-style home that still looks unique and fits your personality.


Nothing says farmhouse look more to me than shiplap. There are so many ways to incorporate shiplap into your home. You can add it to the walls, ceiling, a kitchen island, etc. Plus, it can be a super affordable project. See how we added our own DIY Shiplap Wall for under $100!

Farmhouse style white shiplap with wood bench and cream colored pillows


Adding an amazing ceiling beam (or more) can add so much character and texture to a space in your home. There are some great resources out there to create faux ceiling beams that look very real!

Wood beams on ceiling of kitchen


You will often see reclaimed barn wood as an element in a farmhouse look. This wood can be incorporated on a wall, ceiling, floor, or any piece of furniture. This eye-catching element will bring character and texture to your home. So if you are going for this style, make sure to find somewhere to add some barn wood.

Barn Doors

Do you have an opening in your home that you can fit a barn door? Not only do they fit the farmhouse look, but they also look amazing and take up less foot space. Want to really make a statement? Go ahead and add double barn doors to the mix!

farmhouse style white barn door

Mix & Match The New And Vintage

Mixing and matching new and old pieces is an easy way to achieve the farmhouse look.

Farmhouse Light Fixtures

A great place to start with the farmhouse look is your lights! Start by deciding your material – wood, metal, glass, etc. New light fixtures will certainly make a huge statement in any room.

farmhouse style black lighting in kitchen with white cabinets, gold hardware, black island, brown leather bar stools

Natural Elements

The key to keeping a neutral color palette from falling flat is to add texture using natural elements. Here are just a few you can incorporate into your farmhouse look:

  • Burlap
  • Wood
  • Brick
  • Stone
  • Cotton
  • Leather
  • Metal
  • Linen

Focus On The Fireplace

There are many ways to update your fireplace for a more modern farmhouse look. Consider a custom wood mantle, and some white brick to make this feature shine.

Open Shelving

Style meets function with open shelving. Not only is open shelving practical, but it can become part of your overall decor. The shelves themselves as well as the brackets you choose create visual interest. The decor you put on them can add to the look of the room. Don’t limit yourself to just the kitchen, you can add them to bathrooms, bedrooms, etc.

Open shelving in white kitchen with black hardware

Kitchen Apron Sink

When it comes to your kitchen, don’t overlook the sink. Farmhouse sinks come in a wide variety of styles and can be a big statement piece to your farmhouse look.

apron sink in kitchen with blue cabinets wood hardware

Painted Furniture

Painting some hand-me-down furniture to coordinate with your room is a great route to go when pulling off a farmhouse look. In one afternoon you can paint and distress a garage sale find and have it looking like a family heirloom in no time.

Farmhouse Decor Ideas

Now that you have an idea of what the Farmhouse style is and the basics you should stick to, it’s time to put the look together. Make sure to also see our guide on how to find cheap farmhouse decor. Here are some great farmhouse-style decor ideas you should consider.

  • Iron Bed Frame
  • Galvanize Metal Decor
  • Farmhouse Throw Pillows
  • Decorate With Wire Bins
  • Add Some Wicker Baskets
  • Use Vintage Signage
  • Hang A Porch Swing
  • Repurpose Vintage Finds
  • Display Rustic Art
  • Add A Brick Wall

What are the different farmhouse styles?

Farmhouse is not just one style. There are a few things that make each farmhouse style slightly different, but at the core most farmhouse elements remain the same.

  • Modern Farmhouse
  • French Farmhouse
  • Industrial Farmhouse
  • Rustic Farmhouse
  • Coastal Farmhouse
  • Colonial Farmhouse
  • Traditional Farmhouse
  • Bohemian Farmhouse

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3 thoughts on “Farmhouse Style – Everything You Need To Know”

  1. Lindy | Happy Humble Haven

    I love the farmhouse look! It’s warm, cozy, and timeless. I also find it quite affordable as you can get creative and DIY/repurpose pieces to achieve the farmhouse look. The decor in our house has been heading that direction for quite a while now. Your tips are really helpful as I continue to make that transition! Thanks so much! 🙂

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