To celebrate summer, we’re taking inspiration from the all-American tradition of a cross-country road trip. We’ll be traveling 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. First stop: Sonoma, California!
When you think of Sonoma, California, you can’t help but picture wine country perfection, with its miles of incredible vineyards and farmhouses along the way. Located just north of San Francisco, Sonoma has long been a favorite weekend escape and a wine region that has come to epitomize relaxed-rustic, California style. You know what we’re talking about: Those rustic interiors that are charming, casual, and coolly California.
And if you know us, you know that as San Francsico based interior designers we’re big fans of this modern farmhouse aesthetic. There’s something simple and irresistibly cozy about Sonoma-style spaces that we just can’t get enough of, so we’re endlessly inspired to bring the look home. Read on to see how you can infuse a bit of Sonoma’s rustic charm into your space!Shop This Look
Start With An Easy Foundation
The rustic-chic Sonoma look is all about the crisp, blank canvas backdrop. And by that we’re referring to the soothing color palette and the open layout and flow that characterizes these spaces. It’s what sets up the space for its cozy but airy look. So, consider these key design elements when establishing the groundwork in your space.
Earth tones only
Before diving into the full-on design and furnishings of a space, when it comes to Sonoma style getting the color palette right is key. Here, earth tones are at the core of the soft rustic palette. Keep to natural hues and light neutrals, like tans, beiges, browns, light woods, which will give your space a visual cohesiveness once you start layering in furnishings and accents.
A casual, edited layout
It’s all about comfort versus formality when it comes to the Sonoma look. Don’t feel like you need to fill out a room completely; what’s important is having a few big inviting pieces. This is one instance where furnishings don’t have to perfectly arranged. An asymmetrical layout, where a sofa is grouped with a chair, is a great way to open up a space and keep things from feeling too formal or thought out. After all, the idea is that your space should feel casual enough that you can move things around easily if needed.
Simple Says It All With Sonoma Style
It goes without saying that the Sonoma-style farmhouse look is one of the most popular looks around, not only here at Modsy, but everywhere, from blogs, to Pinterest, to Instagram. How to think about all the pieces that make up the look in an actual space, though? We know it’s not always as straightforward. Here’s how to furnish for the Sonoma look.
Go easy, breezy on furnishings
Big, comfy white slipcovered sofas and chairs are the anchors in these spaces. Not only are they comfortable and easy to maintain (just toss those covers in the wash when they’re dirty), they also give you a simple base on which you can easily layer tactile accents. In addition to white furnishings, you’ll want to make sure any other big pieces keep to a simple look, so opt for light woods and accents, like a cabinet with woven doors, an ottoman with a vintage-style fabric, or a rattan bar cart.
Pile on accents with textures
A mix of raw woods and accents made with natural materials and simple textures is the way to go. Think small wood stools and side tables (or a wooden wine rack for a subtle nod to wine country!), leather poufs and linen pillows, and lots of woven pieces, like a rope tray and wicker baskets. You want these details to really pop, so the bolder the texture, the better. Our favorite accent to play up? Pottery. Think white ceramics mixed with artisanal vases and vessels and terracotta planters.
Get vintage, baby
It wouldn’t be a Sonoma-inspired space without a few vintage-style pieces layered in. You’ll want to make sure these finds don’t overpower the airy look in a room, so choose a few statement pieces, like a salvaged light fixture or antique mirror. If you’re not one for vintage, newer designs that have vintage appeal can work too. The idea is that you want to create a lived-in and collected feel in your space.