Top 7 Country Farmhouse Decorating Ideas

HGTV’s mega-hit “Fixer Upper” launched a modern farmhouse décor renaissance. It’s hard to escape subway tile, shiplap and galvanized metal filling store shelves, magazines and television screens.

Why are we so obsessed? Maybe it’s what great farmhouse style represents: cozy, comfort and nostalgia wrapped in a warm blanket of down-home hospitality. Perhaps we’re just tired of texting and want to sit around and talk face-to-face. Farmhouse decorating embodies our need for each other. It’s about family, friends and coming home.

But we don’t all have access to a famous interior designer. A country living room, dining room and farmhouse kitchen isn’t hard to achieve. Make a home decorated with professional precision using a few simple tips. 

Are you ready to bring country farm decorating ideas home? Here’s our top 7 elements of farmhouse style.

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1. Country Quilts and Mismatched Linens

Use heirloom quilts as inspiration to combine florals, checks, stripes or vintage prints throughout your home. Research French farmhouse décor linens. The more eclectic the mix, the more interesting and unique the final look. Don’t be afraid to mix-and-match slipcovers!

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The patterns and textures can be wildly different as long as you stay within a consistent color palette. Or, choose a pattern and feature it in different colors. Just make sure there’s a base of consistency.

2. Milky White Farmhouse Tables

Swap out the kitchen island for a white farmhouse table. (Add height with caster wheels). Color is important. Whites and creams are the neutral you need to build a modern farmhouse look. White has many tints and shades. These subtle variations all go together, so go ahead and layer white on white. Using white as a backdrop makes seasonal accents pop. Take inspiration from French country farmhouse interiors and add reds, yellows and toile blue for accent colors.

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Consider adding bead-board accents on walls, backsplashes or cabinets for added dimension and authentic design touches.

3. Unique Organization

Make organization a decorating style. Countertop kitchen canisters, mason jars, milk bottles or apothecary jars work double duty as country kitchen farmhouse décor and storage. Use clear glass to store colorful lentils, pasta, cookies or trail mixes for added color. Don’t settle for an ordinary vase—use a galvanized bucket, old tin or jars with missing lids.

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It’s all about celebrating the beauty in ordinary, utilitarian items. Think about repurposing or using containers in unexpected ways. Don’t let beautiful dishes and containers collect dust. Get them out and use them!

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4. Eclectic Chairs and Vintage-Inspired Seats

Sitting down never looked so good! No need to scour flea markets and garage sales looking for rustic chairs or interesting kitchen stools. The home décor industry is catching up to DIYers and taking a page from their book—designing pieces with antique-inspired elements like tractor seats. Many kitchen designs are taking unique seating into consideration. Clear corner space for a statement chair or use them instead of standard dining chairs.

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Chairs don’t have to be the same. Use slipcovers or cushions to marry a bunch of random chairs for an eclectic, yet cohesive seating area.

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5. Chickens and Barnyard Animals

We can’t let a discussion about country farmhouse décor or French country farmhouse decor go by without talking animals. Hens and roosters are back in the spotlight thanks to the popularity of backyard coops and farm-to-table lifestyles. Not a chicken fan? Incorporate a pig, cow, sheep, goat or other farm animal featured on an oversized canvas wall art print, kitchen linens or countertop accents.

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Don’t overdo the animals. Just one statement piece is enough.

6. Basic Elements: Galvanized Metal, Chicken Wire and Distressed Wood

Think materially. Farms have chicken wire, galvanized tin roofs and siding with lots of distressed wood. Look for these elements when building your style. Whitewashed finishes, soapstone countertops, refurbished barn wood, white stoneware and cast iron—all set the stage for a classic, yet updated, farmhouse style.

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Blend the materials. Balance out the textures and finishes to avoid looking cluttered and dated.

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7. Go Toile! Try French Farmhouse Décor

Country living and style exists worldwide. Expand your farmhouse horizons. The French farmhouse is elegance incarnate. Timeless toile patterns, architectural elements, reclaimed wood and sophisticated details are miles away from Colonial country. Do some research and find your style.

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Invest in linens. Layer your beds and treat yourself to luxurious towels. Use vintage and antique doilies or hand towels. Country is about comfort and relaxation.

 

 

 

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