Ok now, I do realize that this post will likely be a polarizing one. But stick with me here. Due to the charismatic and wonderful duo known as Chip and Joanna Gaines, a frenzy of farmhouse inspired EVERYTHING has taken over the nation. And I get it - I really do! Their work is well-done, cozy, lovely, and charming. Their designs epitomize family and togetherness and small town charm.
But, when a good thing comes along, it is often repeated over and over until it becomes not-so authentic and less-than well done, and I believe that the Gaines craze has caused this very thing to happen in the realm of interior trends.
My main point here is this - if you live on a FARM, your home should be in the style of a farmhouse….absolutely! Use rustic wood, sliding barn doors, chipped paint, shabby chic chandeliers, chicken wire, galvanized tin, hand painted signs, and boxwood wreaths - from floor to ceiling! Because you live on a farm. It works. Do your thing.
On the other hand, if you live in the suburbs in a builder-grade home that is 3 years old, I would urge you to tone down the farmhouse decor a bit. If you are absolutely infatuated with the farmhouse style, you can incorporate farmhouse elements sparingly and mix them with other complementary styles. The result will be a beautiful, stylish blend - that doesn’t look like it is trying too hard to be something it is not. Trying to mimic a farmhouse does not make your home a farmhouse. It
Let’s take a look at a few examples of farmhouse elements that are executed beautifully and sparingly - and why they work!
How to Tastefully Incorporate Farmhouse Style #1 - Shiplap
I absolutely love the unexpected look of shiplap here - painted dark! The moody dark hue, paired with more streamlined furnishings keeps the space feeling fresh.
If white shiplap is your non-negotiable, here's an example of it done well. Again, paired with modern elements, the shiplap leans more minimalistic, and not country at all.
How to Tastefully Incorporate Farmhouse Style #2 - Sliding Barn Doors
Rustic barn doors are beloved by many, but in my opinion, they are used a bit too frequently in homes that really aren't well suited. Here's an example of a sliding door done so well - with modern lines, gorgeous sleek hardware, and a fresh dark color, this door is such a beautiful statement.
You're probably starting to see a trend here - I love when farmhouse elements are done in a modern way. This sliding barn door is so cool and refined - and there's no chance of this space looking gimmicky.
How to Tastefully Incorporate Farmhouse Style #3 - Farmhouse Sink
Of all the farmhouse elements I'm discussing today, the apron front sink is the easiest to incorporate in a variety of home styles! Here is an example of a modern stainless apron front sink that mixes beautifully with the other bright white traiditional kitchen elements.
I love this kitchen - it mixes traditional, modern, and rustic elements perfectly. A white apron front sink mixed with the clean brass faucet is a winning combo that oozes sophistication.
How to Tastefully Incorporate Farmhouse Style #4 - Farm Table
If you're looking for a less-permanent furniture option to inject a bit of farmhouse flair, consider a rustic dining table. However, the other furniture in this space should not be as rustic. This room above shows the perfect blend: a farmhouse table, slightly rustic side chairs, traditional hostess chairs, and a classic chandelier with a modern twist.
There is one furniture combination that always looks chic....rustic farm dining table + extremely modern dining chairs = the coolest dining room on the block.
Now I would love to hear from you - which of the above 4 farmhouse elements could you confidently pull of in your own home? I'm personally going to pull the trigger on a farmhouse table soon - but of course mixed with modern minimalist chairs. Leave me a comment below!