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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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Texas farmhouse style

Destination Style: Try On Texas Farmhouse Elegance

Texas farmhouse style

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 it’s 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.

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.

Texas farmhouse styleUse 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.

Texas farmhouse styleThink 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.

Texas farmhouse styleAdd 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.

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