To celebrate summer, we’re taking inspiration from the all-American tradition of a cross-country road trip. We’ll be making our way across the USA and exploring some of our favorite cities and their signature design styles along the way. Buckle up and get ready for some major destination design inspo. Next up: Waco and its signature Texas farmhouse style!
Let’s just say we have design stars Chip and Joanna Gaines to thank for putting Waco, Texas on the map as a design and lifestyle destination. In addition to their home decor mecca, Magnolia Market, the husband-and-wife team (and their four children) have charmed millions of homeowners and decor lovers across the country with their happy “Waco Way of Life.” And much of their lifestyle is rooted in their classic approach to farmhouse living and style, which, if you know us, is a look that we find endlessly inspiring.
What we love about the Gaines-style and the Texas farmhouse style is the simple blend of comfort and elegance. It’s a mix of sophisticated furnishings, rustic-industrial accents, and gorgeous details, all grounded in a tried-and-true palette of blue and white tones. These elements add up to a farmhouse look that’s elevated but still feels totally inviting. But not just for Waco, this look is popular from San Antonio interior designers to New York, even to California!
So, we dreamed up a home that perfectly captures the Gaines ethos and farmhouse look, bringing together all the key design elements that set it apart. Read on to pick up tips for bringing the polished Texas farmhouse style into your home.
Keep to Blue and White (and Off-White)
You can’t go wrong with a tried-and-true blue-and-white palette. It’s the foundation to this farmhouse look, but the trick here is how you balance these colors and their many shades in your space.
Start with walls for a crisp backdrop that inspires comfort and calm, then work in blue notes through your textiles and accents (such as pillows, rugs, art and objects). If you want to inject a warmer note into your space, opt for an off-white or beige with your sofas and upholstered chairs, which will turn them into welcoming foundation pieces.
And when it comes to blue shades, try to steer clear of the teal-leaning hues. Our favorite ways to work blue-and-white is to either go for a soothing and sophisticated look with layers of soft pale blue tones, or take the crisp and elevated route with bold blues, such as cobalt and navy.
Use Natural Materials as a Neutral
The best neutral for a blue-and-white palette are materials that have a rustic twist and emphasize comfort and livability. Consider spreading out some woven baskets in all shapes, sizes, and styles; adding a few natural rattan ottomans; and opting for furnishings that feature raw woods, from table tops and chair frames to shelving and mirrors. This will enhance the blue-and-white palette and elegant farmhouse look and feel.
Go for an industrial-rustic mix
What does that even mean? Glad you asked! The difference between a sophisticated Texas farmhouse look versus a rustic Sonoma-style one is that the former is made up of furnishings that lean more industrial. It comes down to furnishings that have a bit of heft and substance, such as steel-framed bookshelves and consoles, rectilinear tables with bold metal bases, or sleek metal pendants and chandeliers (skip the gold and brass entirely). The result is a farmhouse look that’s anything but cottage-inspired or shabby chic – and that’s what you want here.
Think Classic but Not Stuffy
This is a fine balance and the key is to identify pieces that have classic beauty without feeling overly formal. How? When looking at larger foundational pieces, find furnishings with classic details, like the shape of a sofa arm, turned legs, or an armchair with a traditional French-style frame. These pieces will provide both elegance and ease and a sense of livability because of their clean, modern lines paired with small classic flourishes.
Pile on the Traditional Patterns
Stick to classic patterns and tried-and-true prints. Layering these prints together in a classic blue-and-white palette is one of the most effortless ways to give a space a cohesive and elegant feel. And don’t forget to consider some decorative art with traces blue.
Add Accents with Subtle Texture
What makes the Texas farmhouse look so elegant is that it’s all about a considered palette, classic details, and lots and lots of beautiful textures. In addition to adding natural materials such as rattan and sisal, make sure to pull in pieces that have more delicate textures. Think faux shagreen, burlap, speckled pottery and lightly tarnished metal vases. These are the subtle details that will truly set apart your rooms.