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Design Recipe: The Ultimate Guide to Modern Farmhouse Style

Modern Farmhouse style is a trendy look that’s been increasingly growing in popularity for the past year. It’s safe to say that the design world is obsessed (our Modsy team, included.) We’re seeing this interior design style all over HGTV shows and Pinterest—not to mention our Instagram feed. And it’s no wonder farmhouse decor is so popular, as it’s a style that so many of our Modsy customers are after!

While modern farmhouse style is a bit more dramatic than your typical rustic or classic farmhouse look, it still manages to be effortlessly livable. It embodies that perfect mix of modern and relaxed, for a look that’s both on-trend and approachable.

Curious to learn more about this interior design style and how it differs from other takes on farmhouse? Keep reading for our complete guide to modern farmhouse decor and style!

modern farmhouse styleThe Key Elements of Modern Farmhouse Style

So, what exactly is modern farmhouse style? Well, it’s a mix of modern design elements and a comfortable, relaxed farmhouse aesthetic. In general, classic farmhouse design takes inspiration from the look of an actual barn or farmhouse and uses charming, rural, and cozy decorative elements throughout. But with modern farmhouse homes, think of it as just that: spaces inspired by modern farmhouses that feature bright, contemporary design elements but still have that cozy vibe. To that point, you’ll notice mid-century modern undertones in this style—but the foundational pieces are still decidedly comfortable.

modern farmhouse styleColors + Textures

Modern farmhouse features a dynamic mix of materials and textures. Specifically, a good dose of natural texture is key to this look. Think leather, natural wood, metal, stone, jute, linen. The possibilities are endless—and we definitely recommend mixing and matching various natural textures! Natural materials with both tactile and visual texture are key to this look, no matter what specific material you land on. But you’ll also want to incorporate pops of unexpected materials like brass and velvet, which give a modern edge to this style.

A neutral and cohesive color palette helps keep modern farmhouse style from feeling too eclectic though. You can go with a variety of neutral tones for added contrast and warmth, but keeping all the tones in the same color family grounds the look. And, while the palette of modern farmhouse design leans neutral, it’s still very saturated and high-contrast, with a mix of materials and textures throughout—which helps keep it grounded in a modern aesthetic. You can see that contrast in the light fixtures, the natural wood furniture elements, and in other dark metal accents!

modern farmhouse styleModern Farmhouse Furniture

As you can see in these designs—with the curved swivel chairs, the streamlined sofa, and the round drum coffee table—the foundational furniture of modern farmhouse style is comfortable, but each piece has a sleek, modern shape. And though there’s no applied ornamentation on these pieces, there’s a subtle decorative nature that’s found in the texture and material of the furniture and rug. This can be seen in the piping detail on the sofa, or the choice of velvet for the material of the chairs. It’s these small details that really elevate modern farmhouse design.

Modern Farmhouse Decor

But special details aren’t just for the furniture. To help this look really come to life, pay attention to the details within decor pieces as well. Modern farmhouse spaces tend to go with industrial light fixtures to add a  sculptural, architectural element. Along those lines, modern farmhouse decor has a strong emphasis on geometry in the decorative details—from lights and mirrors to art and tabletop decor. The shapes and patterns you see in modern farmhouse decor are all very geometric and non-objective, with serious mid-century influences. And these elements are extra noticeable due to the minimal approach to styling that modern farmhouse interior design loves—it’s all about letting individual pieces shine!

Depending on if you lean more farmhouse or more modern, the wall art you choose can help lean the overall vibe of your space in your preferred direction. If you lean more modern, opt for abstract line art prints and geometric, metal-framed mirrors. If you lean more traditional, choose a landscape painting, nature-themed art, or vintage prints. But you can also create a happy mix of both!

How to Get the Modern Farmhouse Look in Your Room

Want to see some specifics of how this plays out in different rooms throughout your home? Keep reading!

Modern Farmhouse Entryway

Welcome to your dream modern farmhouse entryway. In this space, you’ll see natural textures galore, in woods, a chunky jute knit basket, and even some metal. But all that texture is balanced out with sleek, minimal forms in the furniture and decor. You’ll also notice that minimal approach to styling that we mentioned earlier—this space being a beautiful balance of function and negative space. There’s a basket for easy storage, a tabletop bowl as a catchall, and a chair to sit on when putting on and taking off shoes. But overall it’s not overly styled and has a minimal aesthetic.

The chair in this set-up is actually a perfect example of a traditional form reinterpreted through a modern lens—the embodiment of modern farmhouse. Windsor and spindle-style chairs are super traditional. But this specific style has more of a sleek form and pared-down look, which is much more modern. And the black metal is an unexpected material for this style of chair—which once again perfectly combines all the best parts of farmhouse and modern design elements!

 

Modern Farmhouse Living Room

For this living room in a modern farmhouse lakeside retreat, we started with comfortable foundations—specifically with this plush, sink-in style sofa. We wanted a sofa that you could cozy up on with a book or for a movie marathon. (Added bonus: the dark upholstery is very kid-friendly!) We then sprinkled in some items featuring rustic and natural materials throughout the space—in the wood coffee table, the metal side table, and the leather accent chairs. But these chairs also have a streamlined shape with geometric forms, giving them that mid-century modern flair.

As in any good modern farmhouse space, we went with industrial light fixtures, in both the metal floor and table lamps and the brass pendant light. And the abstract art in this space also skews modern. But we balanced those elements with a traditional rug that anchors the space and adds a pop of warmth and vintage flair. While overall the color palette is neutral, the rug adds just the right amount of color to the space and balances out the white walls! There’s definitely a push and pull in this space. Ultimately, this living room is all about striking the right balance between old and new, expected and unexpected!

Modern Farmhouse Bedroom

This bedroom definitely skews to the more modern side of Farmhouse Modern. The foundations feel more rooted in a mid-century aesthetic, as you can see in the bed frame, the nightstands, the side chair, and the bench. But at the same time, the bed is another visual reference to the traditional spindle style! It’s just a more streamlined take on traditional design elements and styles, just like the chair in the entryway. Layers of textiles—from the rug and curtains to pillows and blankets—add warmth and softness to this room and balance out the sharp lines of the mid-century modern furniture.

Meanwhile, the patterns in the rug and pillows feel very traditional—and paired together gives the slightest eclectic vibe to the space, along with the most subtle pop of color (tones of pink and red warm up this space). The abstract line art is very modern and offers a dynamic juxtaposition with the more traditional design elements in this bedroom.

What’s the difference between farmhouse and modern farmhouse?

There are many variations on farmhouse—two of the most notable being classic and rustic farmhouse styles.

Classic farmhouse is a more traditional style with “French provincial” aesthetic influences. It’s a softer, more feminine approach to farmhouse style and creates that classic cottage chic vibe. The color palette for classic farmhouse style is muted, featuring pastels, white-washed woods, and classic design details like button tufting, exposed nailheads, and ornate carvings.

Rustic farmhouse style is a less mid-century and more rustic/industrial take on farmhouse design than modern farmhouse. This is the embodiment of that classic Chip and Joanna Gaines look. It has a heavy focus on rugged materials—like rough-hewn and natural woods, wrought iron, and leather with a rich patina—along with more vintage and antique pieces. But there are also traditional design elements throughout, like spindle chairs, oriental rugs, and vintage prints.

Learn more about the difference between modern, classic, and rustic farmhouse interior design.

Is modern farmhouse style right for you?

This is the perfect look for you if you want the comforts of farmhouse style but also a trendy, modern aesthetic. It’s approachable and easy to personalize, which we love. With the combination of comfortable foundations, sleek modern shapes and sculptural, geometric design elements, this is also the perfect look for couples who are trying to meet in the middle between practical comfort and modern design preferences. It’s like a compromise between modern design and traditional country farmhouse—but it looks so good, neither of you will feel like you’re losing anything. That’s the best kind of compromise, right?

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Three Ways To Get the Oh-So-Popular Farmhouse Style In Your Home

farmhouse interior designWhen it comes to decor trends, Farmhouse style has it all—think texture, contrast, and coziness all rolled into one perfect space. It’s a super trendy style that has taken the design world by storm. You’ve likely seen it everywhere from your Pinterest and Instagram feeds to popular TV shows (we’re looking at you Fixer Upper!). But what exactly does “farmhouse” mean when it comes to interior design?? This guide will walk you through the ins and outs of farmhouse style to give you the full scoop on what exactly it is and how to get the look in your own home!

What is Farmhouse Interior Design?

Farmhouse interior design is a decorating style that takes inspiration from the look of an actual farmhouse and uses decorative elements that you’d find in rural or agricultural areas. Farmhouse interiors are warm, cozy, relaxing and full of charm and character. Generally, the style turns up its nose at more contemporary design sensibilities and prefers to hearken back to “simpler” times.

However, to keep the look from veering into too much “country kitsch,” it’s important to maintain a stylish balance of old and new and to make sure the focus is on a natural look. In other words, farmhouse design isn’t code for going overboard with the mason jars, shiplap, and rooster paraphernalia!

Is Farmhouse Going Out of Style in 2020?

Far from it! While the initial farmhouse craze might be dying down, we’re not seeing this style going anywhere anytime soon. In fact, we’re actually seeing the farmhouse style becoming more nuanced and expressed in several different ways. One farmhouse doesn’t suit everybody!

What are these different types of farmhouse style? The main types we’re noticing fall into three distinct buckets—rustic, classic, and modern takes on the farmhouse interior design style. While all of these looks are popular, they have some pretty distinct differences. To help you sort it all out, we’re breaking down the recipe for each farmhouse style in one home designed in three different ways.

Come along for a mini home tour of these three unique farmhouse style designs to find out all you need to know about farmhouse interior design and which version might be right for you!

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Rustic Farmhouse Interior Design

The Style DNA: Rustic meets traditional with a vintage twist

The Vibe: Cozy and fresh with lots of countryside character

Rustic farmhouse design is all about celebrating the natural and rough-hewn aspects of the farmhouse aesthetic. Think of this version of the style as a blend between rustic and traditional, that even sports a bit of an industrial flair. The rustic elements bring a heavy focus on rugged materials—think raw and unfinished woods, chunky knits, linens, metals, and leather with patina.

The traditional elements play a supporting role, adding the vintage/antique flair that gives this version of farmhouse style its distinct personality—it’s definitely a look that loves a bit of nostalgia! All in all, the look blends streamlined furniture with traditional design influences and tends toward a sharp, grey-scale and high contrast color palette.

The result is a style that strikes a balance of hard and soft, incorporating both traditional and fresh design elements. We like to think this farmhouse decor scheme would make even Chip and Joanna proud.

rustic farmhouse living roomThe Rustic Farmhouse Living Room

Our rustic farmhouse living room is anchored by comfy foundational furniture. The neutral sofa prioritizes comfort and style with a simple form and sleek tailoring. The accent chairs pull in a traditional spindle detail in a fresh new way, for a stylish take on cozy charm. We love how the natural wood tones of the chair, coffee table, and mantle help warm up the grey-scale palette. Details like the animal art, metal accents (peek the light fixtures and decor) and geometric patterns in the rug and pillows offer a subtle, yet curated approach to farmhouse interior design.

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rustic farmhouse dining roomThe Rustic Farmhouse Dining Room

As with the living room, our rustic farmhouse dining space is all about function with a stylish edge. The foundational furniture sets a solid and functional foundation, while also bringing in the key elements of the rustic farmhouse style—distressed woods, unfinished metal, all with a slight antique/vintage vibe.

Once you’ve got your foundation, add in some industrial accents like the pendant light fixtures and dining chairs to bring contrast and an elevated look to the space. Notice how the accent furniture has a slightly more industrial vibe, which balances out traditional elements in foundations—a key element in rustic farmhouse style!

Top it all off with fresh, high-contrast artwork. This is where the style most differs from a more traditional approach to farmhouse style. Instead of pastoral scenes or landscape paintings, rustic farmhouse decor prefers non-objective prints and more contemporary black & white landscape photography. Altogether the effect is fresh, inspiring, and will give you room a polished yet cozy look.

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rustic farmhouse bedroomThe Rustic Farmhouse Bedroom

For the bedroom, we took a similar approach to the other spaces—start with your foundations and build up. Here we chose a wrought-iron bed which brings a traditional/antique vibe, rendered in a contemporary way. Paired with the sleek nightstands and bench (which both perfectly balance rustic materials with a contemporary shape), the look is the perfect balance of old and new.

To keep the look from feeling too cold or industrial, we balanced out all the wood, leather, and metal with plush textiles and lots of layers. The neutral rug grounds the space, and we love its traditional pattern in a washed-out antique fade, which adds to the vintage vibe in a softer way. Then, top off the bed with layers of contrasting pillows and don’t forget to add curtains to further soften the look. A few woven baskets bring another pop of natural texture and are a great bedroom storage solution.

Finally, the art in the bedroom is a bit softer than other places in the house—it is your bedroom, after all. We love these vintage-style bird prints, which have an almost eclectic vibe. Together they bring a very traditional, antique contrast to the more rugged elements in the space and totally seal the deal on the farmhouse vibe.

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modern farmhouse interior designModern Farmhouse Interior Design

Style DNA: Modern designs mixed with rustic materials and natural textures

The Vibe: On-trend, a bit dramatic, and effortlessly livable

Modern farmhouse is easily the trendiest version of all three farmhouse looks. It’s comfy, cozy, and full of charm, offering a unique take on comfort and simplicity. If you’re one to shy away from farmhouse interior design because you think it’s outdated, modern farmhouse design will prove you wrong!

In this style, modern design fuses with a comfortable, relaxed farmhouse aesthetic. It’s an eclectic mix of styles and materials anchored in rustic foundations but shows off a more contemporary approach to shapes and decor. Modern design elements like curved or streamlined forms, unexpected materials, and sleek lighting play a big role in this trendy style.

modern farmhouse living roomThe Modern Farmhouse Living Room

Our modern farmhouse living room look features a mix of materials that make for a dynamic space. This design features everything from wood to linen, velvet, brass, marble, ceramics, and seagrass! While we incorporated a range of tones to give the room contrast and warmth, the key to mixing these materials (and acing modern farmhouse look) is sticking to a neutral and cohesive color palette.

In this take on the style, our foundational furniture is still comfy but features slightly more modern appeal than traditional farmhouse-style shapes. For example, the sleek sofa with piping detail, the velvet armchairs, and the round coffee table, all play with rustic design elements in a completely modern way.

Overall, the accent furniture and decor take more risks and are the pieces that pull in the texture that makes for a cohesive look. The brass and marble side table is super mod and the velvet club chairs provide a familiar silhouette in an unexpected material. There’s also some fun play with geometry at work, like the sputnik pendant, side table, lamp, vases, and art that nods to a mid-century modern influence.

The secret to keeping this look from straying too modern? The symmetrical layout! This more formal structure to the room anchors in a more rustic/traditional aesthetic and keeps it from straying too far down an eclectic path.

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modern farmhouse dining roomThe Modern Farmhouse Dining Room

To get the modern farmhouse look in your dining room, stick with traditional undertones in your furniture but look for pieces updated with a modern edge. For example, here the dining table offers a streamlined take on the antique trestle table and the schoolhouse chairs feel vintage and mod all at once.

Meanwhile, the dark metal accents add an industrial edge that adds much-needed contrast against the natural wood, which works overtime to warm up the design. Then to combat all the modern-ness happening in the furniture, we added an abstracted landscape print to soften up the look and tie in more “traditional” farmhouse vibes. Don’t forget the patterned rug underfoot, which enlivens the space and makes the room a little more fun and playful!

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modern farmhouse bedroomThe Modern Farmhouse Bedroom

For the bedroom, we started with traditional shapes and gave them modern updates, like the spindle bed frame and seagrass bench. These pieces are classic and draw on traditional design elements, but here are given sleek modern facelifts with their streamlined forms. The nightstands feel traditional, but the touch of brass hardware warms up the look with a modern edge.

This take on farmhouse decor has a bit more color to it, with the pillows and rug. And the abstract line art is a fresh addition to the space and helps pull the whole design together.

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classic farmhouse interior designClassic Farmhouse Interior Design

Style DNA: Classic designs mixed with countryside charm

The Vibe: Refined cottage style with a warm and timeless appeal

Classic farmhouse, in contrast to rustic or modern, is the most traditional of the bunch and leans into a more “French provincial” aesthetic. This style would be the closest example of “shabby chic” and is a much softer, more feminine approach to farmhouse design—think classic cottage chic. The look starts with comfy foundational furniture, but pushes more classic than rustic farmhouse, and then layers in accents of washed-out wood or painted decor for a more antique vibe.

Classic farmhouse also depends on a light palette of whites and creams with added pops of green and blue. The overall look skews more pastel and avoids contrast—think light, airy fabrics, and white-washed wood tones! This look should blend seamlessly together for a light, feminine look with few instances of metal or darkness.

classic farmhouse living roomThe Classic Farmhouse Living Room

At first glance, it’s easy to see how our classic farmhouse living room differs from the previous versions. While the rustic and modern farmhouse looks are all about form and material, classic farmhouse style puts much more emphasis on classic details, like button tufting, nailhead, ornate carvings, and applied ornament. Here the space is grounded by a French country-style rolled arm sofa and armchair duo for a super comfy, classic style. The linen upholstery feels very countryside charming, which is perfect for this look.

Our accent furniture in this design features classic details like flutes and spindles—it all has a carved, ornate decorative quality. Botanical prints warm up the space and bring a natural touch and accents like whitewashed wood, antiqued surfaces, and distressed finishes bring in the charming countryside quality.

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classic farmhouse dining roomThe Classic Farmhouse Dining Room

For the dining room, we again started with classic foundational furniture. The substantial and ornate pedestal stable grounds the space and features intricately carved details for a classic touch. The linen slipcovered chairs keep the look comfy but sophisticated, while the smaller scale of the dining table keeps the overall vibe more intimate and cozy.

All of the distressed wood finishes in the space give the room a homey vibe. Nature-themed art, like the bird gallery wall, along with a few curated pops of greenery give the space that classic cottage look. The whole space is tied together by the traditional, yet delicate, patterned rug, which adds a slight pop of texture to the space.

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classic farmhouse bedroomThe Classic Farmhouse Bedroom

Nothing says “classic farmhouse” more than an upholstered headboard with tufting—it’s an important detail for classic style. The antique style rug has a washed-out oriental pattern that offers warmth and texture without overpowering the room. The lamps, bench and nightstands all have a classic shape and a serene, neutral color palette keeps the room cohesive and elegant.

We love the traditional art above the headboard! The cottage landscape painting is a purely traditional take on a farmhouse motif that feels right at home in this style. The hanging planters on the wall and the leafy green tree give the room subtle pops of color while bringing a little nature inside.

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Dream Home Tour: A Cool Take On Modern Lake House Style

lake house styleThe peak of summer has us dreaming of weekend getaways near and far, from breezy beach houses to charming country homes. Right now in particular, we’re craving the quiet comforts of a lake house. And not just any lake house style. Rather than the typical log cabin home that might come to mind, we’re envisioning a light, bright, airy retreat that’s anything but woodsy.

For us, the perfect lake house is a little rustic, a touch industrial, and boldly modern. The interiors blend together striking design, high-contrast accents, and inviting earth tones. The rooms have a sense of ease and warmth to them that is all anchored by a feeling of livable comfort. It all adds up to a modern lake house style that’s captivating and cozy all at once.

With all that as inspiration, our team of Modsy Designers dreamed up this modern lake house to bring the look to life. Come along for a room-by-room tour of the home and get our tips for working the style into your own home!

The Entry

Set a High-Contrast Tone

What makes this modern lake house, well, modern? A bold contrast of styles. The entry sets the tone from the moment you walk through the door with a mash-up of rustic, industrial, and modern elements.

And the key is to choose a few large, eye-catching pieces. The faded rug, the large black-and-white artwork, and the wood-and-metal console all help to balance out the scale and impact of each other. The result is a space has visual impact without appearing overwhelming.

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The Key Entryway Elements

Open with statement lighting. A large antler chandelier is practically synonymous with the rustic lake house look. But rather than hanging it in the living room, add one to the entry so it gets the spotlight it deserves.

Layer bold graphic accents. A scene-stealing graphic black-and-white artwork isn’t what you’d expect to find in a typical lake house. As such, it adds a fresh, visual counterpoint that sets the stage for a distinctly modern home. For a graphic touch that also adds color, try blue-and-white accents, which will have a unifying effect.

Choose light rustic pieces. As a way to maintain the airy vibe in the entry, light wood pieces will do the trick nicely while playing up a rustic and industrial note. They’ll also play well with the boldness of the graphic art and light fixture. Take the same approach with a rustic patterned rug that has soft earth tones.

The Living Room

modern lake houseBalance Modern With Cozy

For the living room, we mixed big city style with country cabin comforts. You can achieve this look by first establishing a layout that feels sophisticated but also cozy. Try grouping together clean-lined sofas and chairs alongside an industrial coffee table in front of a fireplace to establish a cozy conversation pit with eclectic appeal.

Above eye level, we opted for sleek modern touches, like a brass pendant light and graphic artwork, which reiterates our design approach in the entry and ties together the spaces.

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lake house living roomThe Key Living Room Elements

Pick designs with simple forms. A modern lake house doesn’t mean skipping rustic designs all together, it just means combining rustic pieces that have more streamlined shapes. A deep sink-in sofa makes for a great foundational piece alongside slatted wood chairs with sloped arms and a rectilinear industrial table. It’s all about keeping the focus on clean, simple lines.

Vary wood types. An elevated way to add warmth is to bring together different wood textures, from polished to pale to perforated. These are often rustic-industrial pieces that, when grouped together, can add loads of visual texture and depth.

Mix blue, brown, and black tones. It might not sound like a modern palette at first, but we opted for this overarching color scheme in the home because it strikes that happy medium of contemporary and cozy. Black and white often feel less stark when paired with earth tones, and browns feel less heavy alongside blue and white.

The Office Corner

Work In Industrial Ease

A multi-use work space isn’t exactly what you’d expect to find in a lake house, so we updated ours with an office nook that also features useful storage. We carried through the high-contrast color palette and tried to continue that balance of boldness and airiness with a mix of industrial and edgy pieces that have open bases and slender forms.

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The Key Office Elements

Try a dark foundation. Black glossy legs and metal bases are a running theme throughout the space, and here they help to add impact from the ground up. Dark foundations also have an anchoring effect in this office nook. With modern designs, this is a great way to create focus in a small, one-off space.

Think modern finishes. Just as you would with different wood textures, mix different black finishes to temper the intensity. Here, we have a black metal cabinet that’s mixed with a painted chair, a dark table base, and a matte black desk lamp. The effect is city sleek but warm, and the rustic wood table top further adds to that warmth.

Group pieces with airy appeal. Opt for open-base designs that are in keeping with the rest of the home’s aesthetic. Because there is such a strong industrial mix of furnishings here, we kept to pieces with slender silhouettes and airy bases to keep with the light and modern lake house style.

The Dining Area

lake housePlay Up Tailored Mid-Century Warmth

Classic lake houses favor a more communal dining space with long wooden tables and lots of textures. Instead, we opted for a modern take here with a dining space that emphasizes tailored mid-century style and comfort. Just like all the other spaces in the home, there’s a varied mix, from a luxe cowhide foundation to the wishbone chairs with woven seats and a table that has both rustic (cane base) and modern components (stone top).

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lake house styleThe Key Dining Room Elements

Juxtapose curvy designs. Round forms and sinuous silhouettes have a way of bringing a sense of ease and levity to a space. Layer a circular pendant above a round table to set the stage, then pull in a free-form cowhide and shapely mid-century chairs to unify the look.

Layer in a luxe touch. We wanted to usher in a touch of luxe style without taking away from the overall cozy appeal. And to bring that to the dining space, we chose a cowhide rug as the foundation that lends warmth and a hint of luxury without feeling overly glam.

Embrace smooth stone. Similar to a cowhide rug, stone surfaces have a way of adding both industrial style and warmth all at once. As a centerpiece in the dining space, it ties back to the urban chic vibe of the living space and provides the touch of “sleek” that sets the dining space apart.

The Bedroom

modern lake house bedroomTry Cabin With a Twist

Lake house style bedrooms can often go overboard on the cabin theme, so we wanted to switch it up in our rustic-industrial modern take. There are still plenty of warm wood tones and layers of cozy bedding, but we kept to graphic motifs and contemporary art and accents. What you won’t find here? Rustic textures, such as weathered woods and lake-themed paddles or antlers.

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modern farmhouse bedroomThe Key Bedroom Elements

Choose hefty furniture. One thing that distinguishes lake house bedroom furniture is that they all convey visual heft, meaning they have big presence. Pick a bed with a polished metal frame and wooden headboard to center the focus and mix in an industrial metal bench to round out the look. A wooden storage nightstand will also add to the look while providing function and warmth.

Accent with contemporary motifs. Take from the patterns and palette of the rest of the home to inform your accents in the bedroom, which will reiterate the modern lake house appeal. Graphic black-and-white pillows, blue-and-white art, and an intricately patterned rug in varying earth tones is the win-win-win formula.

Let metal details shine. In keeping with our office nook approach, a few industrial metal pieces can make for bold counterpoints to really polish the modern lake house look. We added a high-hanging metal sconce and leaning bookcase to anchor the sides of the bed and draw the eye up. But don’t forget the smaller details – metal hardware and drawer pulls can instantly add eye-catching polish in a bedroom.

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How To Get The Modern Farmhouse Look

Modern farmhouse living roomWarm and cool, contemporary and comfortable, there’s a new style that everyone and their mamma is obsessing over – modern farmhouse! If you haven’t heard of it before, there’s a solid chance you’ve seen it. From Pinterest, to Instagram, to every other interior design publication, the modern farmhouse look is everywhere. And for a good reason!

Modern farmhouse effortlessly blends the best parts of some of the most popular trends from the past several years – you’ve got a dash of rustic, a sprinkle of industrial, and just the right amount of Mid-Century Modern. It instantly adds a casual character to any interior that will make your home the envy of your Instagram feed. We can’t think of a better way to bring such an effortlessly stylish and livable look to life!

And because the look is oh-so-popular with our Modsy customers, today we’re breaking down the style to show you how to create the look in your space. If you want to get the modern farmhouse style here’s everything you need to know!

Love the modern farmhouse style?

Modern farmhouse living roomStay Neutral

When you think “farmhouse” your brain might conjure up images of buttermilk yellow kitchens or brick red barns. But that couldn’t be farther from the reality of the trendy modern farmhouse style.

While there’s no single “right way” to bring the modern farmhouse look to life, the one rule all these interiors play by is a neutral color palette. Start with a neutral coat of paint and layer in foundation pieces in the same family. Think whites, beiges, neutrals, or grays in different shades.

Modern farmhouse stylingPlay With Contrast

But modern farmhouse doesn’t mean all white all the time. Don’t be afraid to add a dark grey accent wall or a blue statement sofa (just reference one of our favorite style icons, Chris Loves Julia, to see how it’s done).

And don’t just think contrast in terms of color. Combining different design styles, materials, and finishes together adds depth and dimension to your space. Playing with contrast is a key element of getting the modern farmhouse look right.

Mix Old and New

Another tenet of modern farmhouse decor is juxtaposing different styles together in one space. Imagine a classic, linen slipcovered sofa paired with an industrial coffee table and a leather mid-century modern armchair.

The lesson? Don’t shy away from mixing comfortable and traditional foundation pieces with modern accents. This will help you strike the perfect balance of comfortable and trendy that is so crucial to the modern farmhouse look.

Modern farmhouse living roomOpt for Natural Materials

Part of what makes this style so awesome is that it’s totally livable. AKA you can get the look and still let your kids, pets, and that friend who tends to spill her wine roam free without worry.

How is that possible? We’re glad you asked. Of course, opting for kid and pet-friendly materials is always a good choice, but the modern farmhouse look also incorporates materials that are extra durable, making it a great look for everyday homes.

Think linen slipcovered sofas, which you can easily pop in the wash when needed, or a leather armchair that will hide scratches and repel fur. Natural fiber rugs are also a staple of this style, which are super durable and a great choice for high-traffic rooms.

Modern farmhouse stylingLook For Weathered Finishes

Natural materials are a great way to achieve this style is because they add rustic texture, character, and warmth. Look for leathers with a patina, unfinished and weathered woods, and any piece that shows off its age with a vintage finish.

Modern farmhouse stylingEmbrace Minimal Styling

The one thing that separates modern farmhouse interiors from the pack is their minimal approach to decorating. Skip the piles of pillows and packed-to-the-brim bookcases in favor of a leaner aesthetic that will let the few pieces you choose to display shine.

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