Photo: Get yourself a free-roaming kitchen island to make the space feel very down-to-earth. Credit: countryliving.com
47. All-American Accessories
If you want to have fun with a quirky and authentic farmhouse, you should incorporate American accessories. You can do this in just one room or a few places. We suggest doing it in the dining room and using this as the party set up. You should use plaid details, hang American flags, and don’t forget the bunting as well. This design adds a beautiful and rural charm to the room, and it will highlight the country style you are going for. You can do this more subtly by including red, blue, and white elements around the home.
There’s no better way to chase away the winter chill than having a fireplace in the bedroom. It can add a subtle glow to the room, inviting after a long day of work. If you don’t want to maintain a fireplace, you can always install a faux fireplace that looks quite real but doesn’t have a chimney attached. It does mean that you’ll be without the roar and warmth of an actual fire, but it will still complete the look. Even just keeping wood logs in the room will make it feel nice and cozy.
Do you know what shiplap walls are all about? They are a style of wooden wall siding that consists of long planks that are usually painted white. They’re mounted horizontally with a slight gap between them. Instead of white, you can paint them a warmer color to give the room some glow. The decor idea above went for a pale greenish-grey that can be quite soothing and makes the room look refreshing. You can choose to panel your walls with real wood, or you can try a wallpaper option that’s designed to look like real shiplap.
If you are going for traditional colors, deep royal blue and white are a good, classic combination. It’s crisp and clean while still adding color so that the room has some personality. Another great idea is to repurpose old objects for a unique look. In the decor idea above, this collection of old shutters were turned into a design for the wall, adding a beautiful texture and a few off-white shades to balance out the tones in the rest of the room. Bring in blue patterns in the curtains and pillows while keeping the rest in white.
Buying a headboard from furniture can be expensive, especially if you’re trying to budget the look of your home. Have you considered building your own headboard from scratch? We’re not suggesting that you get some experience as a carpenter; instead, we’re meaning that you follow the mantra of using found objects. The headboard looks like a section of a fence, and the “footboard” at the end of the bed is just an old metal washtub. Yet, they fit together quite nicely in giving this room a rustic look.
It wouldn’t be a farmhouse feel without comfortable quilts all over the place. Covering the back of your couch, folded at the end of your bed, or strewn across a rocking chair, there’s nothing more inviting than the look of a quilt. How you choose to acquire your quilt is up to you: buy an antique one, purchase one that looks old, or learn to make your own. The last idea allows you to make whatever design you like with any colors, so it’s guaranteed that no one else will have a quilt like yours.
The farmhouse look can also be applied to a child’s room, no matter their age. It can be adopted, molded, and altered to any look you or your kid is going for, and still works. This white and pink bedroom is very light yet still visually appealing. Setting the bed by the wooden windows grants more light, allows in the fresh air, and gives the room more space. The lovely straw hats on the wall are also a nice touch, and the exposed ceiling strengthens this room’s rustic look.
Chandeliers are the perfect way to make your farmhouse design feel very elegant. You can go for any chandelier style – vintage or new, and it will make the room feel special. We love this very eye-catching and farmhouse-inspired chandelier from this farmhouse. It uses an old pig feeder and is genuinely a one-of-a-kind lighting fixture. You can create your own one like this using found items. You can probably also find something similar online to order for your house. Chandeliers add warmth and a large amount of light to a room.
We’ve seen yellow before in another bedroom, but it’s worth it to take a look at another room in a different style. The pale yellow is such a springtime color that it can be hard to be in a bad mood when you’re occupying this room. This antique farmhouse design is warm and welcoming. It can be paired with almost any other color. The gauzy white curtains help keep this room light and allow sunlight to make all that yellow glow. Consider adding this color to your home if you want a brighter look.
You may think that burlap is just for sacks, but you can include it anywhere in your home to further that farmhouse look. This empty sack at the end of the bed could store dirty hand towels or even dirty clothes ready for the wash. This four-post bed is an excellent touch for that farmhouse look, as well as the wooden rocking chair right beside it. The nearby lamp makes this the perfect spot to get in some late night reading if you can’t fall asleep.
Getting that country feel means going back to the elements. Incorporate more wooden pieces and accessories to the room or around your home to add a touch of nature to everything. The clean lines are an excellent choice for adding some texture while still keeping the room bright. The great thing about farmhouse decor is that there’s never the need to dress up anything too much. Adding some wicker baskets or furniture will be the perfect way to introduce this style to your home. It also provides useful storage!
Why not include some decor and paintings featuring farm animals to complete the farmhouse look? You can hang up pictures of cows or just small collectibles to place around the home. Just be sure you don’t go overboard, or it can start to look a little tacky. You don’t have to stick to only cows either; pick your favorite farm animal and look for pieces in styles you enjoy. Maybe you want a variety of hens and roosters or little chicks. On the other hand, an apple orchard theme rings true to a farmhouse, too.
If you’re struggling to find all the furniture pieces that a room may need, always go back to the adage of repurposing. For example, this lovely trunk makes for a great side table for your bedroom. Add an attractive lamp on top and a vintage clock to complete the look. Also, note the wicker’s use to keep everything in place and the background’s rooster sign. These are simple ways to dress up any room that doesn’t require much planning ahead. You can also find interesting items at yard sales or antique stores for your design.
As we mentioned, you don’t always need a table when you can use something else as a table. This vintage, turquoise chair works wonders at propping up this simple vase of red flowers, as well as keeping a stack of magazines you can read before bed. The inclusion of a nice turquoise throw on the bed also draws the pieces together, making it feel cohesive. Of course, with such bold colors as these, it’s best to keep the rest of the room a neutral white for balance. Pops of color like yellow and turquoise perfectly complement this style of interior.
No farmhouse look is complete without some barn doors, but it can be troublesome to figure out where to put them. They make a great divider between rooms or closet doors. Moreover, since they don’t need to swing open, they’ll take up less space that you can use to move around. The sliding rods are pretty easy to install, and you can use a particular paint job to give these doors that stressed look. These also work well as a divider between a bedroom and the ensuite bathroom if you don’t have a walk-in wardrobe.
The wonderful thing about the farmhouse decor is that it’s meant to be relaxing. Neutral shades, very few busy patterns, and clean-cut lines are what make up this aesthetic. This bright white room is perfectly complemented by the other accessories lying around the room. The rustic gold mirror, the light brown of the deer statue, and the framed picture’s pale green add just a touch of elegance and color to the entire affair. Farm life is simple, and it needs to be reflected in this type of interior design.
Just because light colors like warm yellows and pastel pinks work well doesn’t mean that you’re not allowed to take a bold chance in your farmhouse. The light blue-green wall is marvelous with the touch of gold flowers painted on it. What’s even more impressive is the addition of the bold turquoise dresser and the lavender bed sheets as well. They are both cool tones that compliment the color of the wall perfectly. You will start to find that farmhouse style can also be quirky and fun – it just depends on your personal design preference.
The farmhouse style of decor can be flexible for your needs. It can be old-fashioned and rustic, or it can be traditional and sophisticated. What look you achieve is all dependent on the pieces you pick to put together. There’s no right or wrong way to do it, but it requires some experimentation on your part to get it done right. This pure white throw with just a few color additions is a great way to achieve a sophisticated, clean look. The wooden elements also help to bring the room to life.
This free-roaming kitchen island is perfect for a farmhouse-inspired home. Rolling furniture is very vintage and is very practical as well. You can use a beautiful wooden island that you can move around as and when you need it. This working space will be beneficial and lovely. It makes the area feel very down-to-earth and as though all the home food is about to be whipped up for the family to enjoy. If you have a free-standing kitchen island already, you can simply add wheels to it.
Sometimes you need a spot away from everything else where you can relax, but you don’t want to dive under the covers of your bed. This seating nook is the perfect way to achieve that. Find the cushiest, comfiest chair you can get your hands on and pick a corner of the room to place it in. Add some cushions, a functional ottoman you can put your feet on, and a few throws to keep you warm when the nights get cold. This antique farmhouse design may become your most favorite spot in your home.
Keeping the decor to a minimum is a choice too. This idea gives you more space to work with and fewer things to collect dust. Besides, most homeowners, farmhouses or not, prefer an open space, whether in the bedroom or elsewhere. These open windows, though, provide great ambiance every morning! Choose decor that is most useful or has a purpose. That way, they’re not just sitting around, taking up space. Even better, find pieces that have dual purposes so that you can cut back on how many things you have in the room. Articles that have additional storage is a must.
If you feel like you have to add patterns to the room, you can do no worse than horizontal stripes. You can choose to use them on fabrics, on the walls, or even on the floor. Depending on the direction you turn them in, you can change a room’s dynamic, whether you make it look taller or more extensive than it is. Stick with very neutral tones if you use stripes so that you’re not giving yourself a headache. Something like a pale green could be the perfect color for your horizontal stripe design.
Why not add some red to your decor to fulfill the look of a farmhouse? These red linens are the perfect touch, especially since they’re surrounded with even more neutral colors. The dark brown of the wood also helps to balance out all this color, and the addition of a goat figure adds a touch of whimsical charm to the window sill. Each piece can stand out on its own but still work well together if you’ve chosen the right decor. This color is iconic because it is used as the stereotypical barn door, making it perfect for this design.
If horizontal stripes aren’t your thing, there are a myriad of other patterns you can choose from to decorate your room. Just as long as they’re in neutral colors, then you shouldn’t have a problem making them work in your space. These mostly-grey cushions and linens stand out even more with the addition of red cushions as well. The patterns aren’t too busy either, so neither one is distracting from the other. The clean-cut edges of the bedposts and the ceiling’s exposed beams continue to incorporate more lines and patterns to the farmhouse design, so there isn’t the need to add more decor.
If you’re struggling to find just the right accent pieces to complement the rest of your room, then you’re probably overthinking. Consider the most specific items you can find and put them to use. A row of glass bottles in a wooden carrying tray is simple but creates a neat touch to an already clean space. Some simple candles on some candlesticks and fake sprigs of cotton branches further add to this fresh look, as they tie into the room with their white color. You can also add dried pampas grass to make it feel rustic.
Want a farmhouse style that still conveys romance? Keeping with the rules for farmhouse decor, you can spice up a bedroom by adding some sheer curtains to create a fake canopy. Using an overhead ceiling beam makes this decor idea even more natural too. This antique farmhouse design can be drawn back and pinned to either side to “grant” you access to your bed, making you feel like a princess in your own home. This idea certainly adds to the airy feeling that works so well in a farmhouse design home.
The neutral living room is the perfect example of farmhouse decor: the beige walls and white couch contrast well against the table’s jute rug and textures. Achieving this balance with neutral tones is how you perfect this kind of look. The addition of stripes and the pop of natural green plants give this room some more character. So let’s not forget the rustic sign on the mantelpiece, either. You can also use a combination of neutral and natural fabrics in the lounge to make it feel very country-chic.
If you have a fireplace that doesn’t get used often, pack up a stack of firewood and leave it in there as decoration. When you use it, get large wicker baskets and leave your wood stacked here as decoration and as a practical item. On the other hand, if you don’t have a fireplace, firewood stacks still come in handy as decorative items in farmhouse style homes. It’s also very affordable. You can stack these on shelves and make it a real feature in your home that certainly adds that rustic touch.
Even just a small corner of any room is enough to add a little farmhouse decor. Instead of a breakfast nook, this decorated corner speaks of country charm and hospitality. The old dresser is the perfect shade of beige, and the old-timey scale and vase add even more appeal to the look. The clock, despite being broken, stands out on its own with the attached chicken wireframe. Your guests may think you put this together yourself! You can find these little bits and pieces at antique stores or even farm stores to be authentic.
Instead of keeping all your little collections and treasured packed away in a cupboard, use it as decor. This concept is precisely what your farmhouse design needs – it adds a punch of personality. Pair matching items together, and don’t be afraid to mix other things in there as well. You should also use open cabinets to display it. It is more efficient to have everything out in the open, but it also allows you to show off items such as collections of plates and trinkets. This design element works so well.
As we said, one of the essential elements of farmhouse design is making it look like you found random objects off the side of the road and put them together. This shelf decor is no different. The stained pallet wood is a dark, vibrant color that contrasts with the cotton’s white puffballs. The cute faux birdcage for a candle works well with the stainless pitcher too, and a charming, encouraging message reminds you to strive to meet your goals for the day. Using dark woods is the best way to offset any lighter tone accents in your home.
If you are looking to include a pattern in your farmhouse design, you really should consider some gingham details. This design is reminiscent of a picnic table, and that’s working with the farmhouse vibes. You can add it to pillowcases, bedding, and even to your kitchen curtains. We recommend going bold and using either blue or red gingham for it to feel classic. If you want subtle accents, bring it out in table cloths or napkins for dinner parties. These details are easy to swap in and out as your taste changes.
With how big and blank this wall is, this is a great way to decorate the room without painting a giant mural. A simple table covered in different decor and accessories will make the room shine even more. The focus on the warm tones of the wood is all the color this room needs. A touch of green from the topiaries adds an element of nature, and the global influences of the compass and spinning globe would make this look perfect for an entryway or foyer. This design is the ideal way to welcome all your guests into your home.
The farmhouse decor look can be taken into your dining room as well. The large, bulky table looks very industrial, as does the iron chandelier and metal chairs. They work well to achieve that “purposeful,” sturdy feel. The wooden window box of flowers goes in the opposite direction: light, floral, and airy, making the rest of the decor feel a little lighter than it looks. The addition of the large clock on the wall is also quite a bold statement piece. Farmhouses play off the concept of hard and soft, and the flowers bring that much-needed softness.
This idea is so genius and not just because it is a beautiful way to add a new design element to your kitchen – it’s because it is so much more effective. Martha Stewart even agrees, and her farmhouse kitchen inspires our farmhouse kitchen! It’s a great big sink that is deep and allows plenty of dishes to soak in there. It also looks beautiful when it is flanked on either side by wooden counters. Use beautiful white porcelain to achieve this look, and you can do it in your bathrooms as well.
Sometimes you have weird bits and bobs lying around the home you want to display instead of throwing into a junk drawer. This little catch-em-all is the answer to all your problems. Although these items don’t go together, that’s the point. Randomness can be cute and quirky, and pairing rustic metal with pure white porcelain is a perfect way of doing that. This catch-em-all is easy to carry too so that you can put it on display in just about any room. Wire containers can be used all-around your home for extra storage.
We’ve spoken about barn doors before, but these are a more elegant touch of the idea. The frosted glass adds some romance to the room while still providing privacy from the adjoining room. Pair it with the stark black ironwork well against each other to achieve the perfect balance. Also, because this antique farmhouse decor can slide apart, you’ll have a flair for the dramatic when you reveal yourself to your guests. This design has the same appeal as the sliding barn doors but would also work to divide rooms like living and dining spaces.
Pendant lights can make the mood but galvanized lights complete that rustic feel. It’s even better if they’re mismatched so that it looks like they procured them from different places — the rustier and more dinged-up, the better. The use of chains to hang these ideas is also an expert idea. Make each light stand out more by shortening or lengthening each string so that they turn from different heights. Pendant lighting is a beautiful way to light up a kitchen, and this is the way to do it in your farmhouse.
It has become common to use windows as wall decorations or lean them against a fireplace. Propped up, it can feel like your window just fell out, but you didn’t want to throw it away. Throw on a lovely, simple green wreath for that added charm. By placing it on the window, it’s as if you’ve given it its own frame, putting it in the spotlight for your guests to see. Adding a mirror to the window frame is a bonus, as it will bounce some natural sunlight around the room.
This idea is great for an entryway or any long hallway you have in your home. Lanterns have a warm feel with a rustic look that goes well with just about anything. Create “sconces” from plants of drift, stained wood, and screw them into the wall. You can use actual candles or tea lights for illumination. Alternatively, you can hang them from the ceiling for an even more romantic look. You can also hang anything you want from these hooks if you aren’t using the lanterns such as holiday decorations – a two-in-one design element!
The decor for this entryway is very welcoming, especially with the paired antique windows. The green candles, rustic candlesticks, and other “found objects” pull everything together to create a look that is not only welcoming but also charming. The wreaths and fake greenery to the milk pitcher complement the green candles well, adding some much-needed color to this mostly-neutral palette. Add these to a wall to create a beautiful framed artwork. It doesn’t even need to have glass panes to look beautiful as people walk into your home. The charm will be off the charts.
People usually go one way or the other when it comes to their furniture. They either prefer all stained or all painted. However, this dining room set combines the two for a unique look. The staining’s simplicity doesn’t detract from the white legs, working together to create that country feel. The hanging wicker chandelier and the white window frame on the wall also help finish off this look for a simple but elegant dining room. The stained and painted combination can work anywhere in your home on different furniture pieces, such as beds and headboards.
Add beautiful ceiling beams to your home if the space allows for it. This idea does make it automatically feel like a barn/farmhouse space. It also adds extra height to a room because it draws the eyes upward. This design might be a significant construction element for your house, but it will pay off in spades. We suggest adding this to either an open plan lounge and kitchen area or in an upstairs loft room is a loft. If you have it in a kitchen, you can even hang your lighting from it or your pots and pans.
Forget about expensive trays and fancy carrying implements. A simple old wooden crate works just as well to keep all of your belongings in one place. Staying organized in the kitchen can be a pain, so having a simple milk crate, or in this case, a tea crate will make your countertops look organized. Add a few flowers to a milk jug, and it becomes a decor piece that no one is the wiser about in the end. You can get these wooden crates anywhere, and the older they look – the better. You can even order personalized ones for your items.
Just as you implemented a cozy seating arrangement in the bedroom, you can do the same for your living room. Curling up with a good book can be done just about anywhere. Add a lovely distressed table to keep your coffee mug and add a throw to the chair for extra comfort. Situating all of this by a large window will give you some great natural light to read by, and you can always open the window if things start to get too stuffy. This design can be away from the rest of the lounge set and serve as a place of personal reflection and comfort.
A broken ladder serves as an excellent shelf for all of those framed pictures you have lying around. You can choose to display photos of your family, or you can frame random images of things that you like. The rustic table holds a whimsical lamp and an old-timey telephone for that charming aesthetic. A glass vase with some simple white flowers brings it all home by adding some “delicate” to all of this harsh wood.
If you are looking for other ways to turn your bedroom or guest bedrooms into the most idyllic farmhouse setting, you should use an iron bed frame. This idea may seem like a random bit of industrial design, but it works with this design concept. You can offset the harshness of the metal with wooden pieces around the rest of the room. Alternatively, you can also dress the bed with warm and soft linens to lighten up the metal bed frame. Add other metal elements to the room, such as a chair at the desk.