What is Farmhouse Style and How do you get it?

I’m not going to act like I’m a pro at this, but I have noticed a few things over the years about a COTTAGE or FARMHOUSE STYLE DECOR.  It’s funny looking back and seeing how my style has evolved. Years ago when we bought our first house (10 years exactly), I remember wanting to decorate in bold colors; deep reds, dark greens, heavy dark wood furniture. How did we get from that style to wanting to decorate with all white and vintage goodies? I’m going to share a little bit about what is farmhouse style and how do you get it.

what is farmhouse style

Wayfair says that Farmhouse style is an “unpretentious style and distinctly all-American. Nodding to its homegrown roots, farmhouse style homes have a collected-over-time look, complete with old-school prints, distressed furnishings, and vintage finishes….Farmhouse style is a warm mix of form and function. Sturdy materials (wood and steel), age-worn finishes, streamlined shapes, and textiles bring this lived-in rustic look home.”

Thanks to Pinterest, and all the internet inspiration, I would say I have taken up a love for anything “VINTAGE, FARMHOUSE, COTTAGE, FRENCH FARMHOUSE, or WHITE.”

These styles seem so elegant, yet comfortable and beautiful. I love a home that is light, bright and airy. So, this being said, I feel like the “Modern FARMHOUSE STYLE” and “FARMHOUSE DECORATING” is all about VINTAGE furniture, open shelving, a comfortable environment, lots of white, lots of wood and pops of greenery. I have made some observations over the past year or so while “cultivating” my love for these styles. I will try to outline them below.

  1. Use VINTAGE items around the home for things like displaying books, holding flowers, and decorating book cases. For example, I found this vintage “one gallon” glass bottle at an antique store and knew it would be perfect for holding a few flowers!
  2. Styling with vintage goodies is the “thing” right now. So don’t be afraid to display some fun old items you might have laying in the attic because you don’t know what to do with it! Below is my husbands grandfathers ANTIQUE RailRoad LANTERN that we had lying in the garage. Why not display an item that has so much rich history and old goodness! I’ve paired some very cheap flowers with it I bought at Walmart. Now, together, I think they make a very pretty pairing!
  3. When styling home decor, try to pair items with different heights next to each other. For example, in the image below, you have a lantern (fairly low height) paired next to a candlestick (high height) then paired next to the plantar (low height) then paired next to another candlestick that has a high height…you get the point. They key with making a table setting, arrangement, or just styling a cabinet, is pairing different textures, heights and colors next to each other. This, in my opinion, is the  BIGGEST mistake people make when trying to style their home. 
  4. OPEN SHELVING; need I say more!!!!! This seems to be the big trend right now,  and for a very good reason! I previously had my china in a beautiful corner cabinet, tucked away very carefully. The big problem; no one could see my china! So when I had to give my corner cupboard back to a family member, I decided it was time to take on a fun project. I built the open shelving in the picture above specifically to display my china and I’ve been so pleased with how it turned out. To see my post on these DIY Floating dining room shelves click HERE.
  5. WHITE WHITE WHITE. White dishes, white walls, white curtains, everything white says “farmhouse, cottage” style. Gone are the days of dark colors, heavy curtains, big and heavy furniture. If you are trying to set a farmhouse style for your home, please take those heavy curtains down, paint your bulky furniture white, and change the paint colors on the wall! As my style was evolving, I found myself painting and repainting our walls. My husband was very critical at first because he said the colors were too light, BUT the more time passes, the more he LOVES it. Don’t be afraid to go too light. My experience, you won’t ever regret going too light, but you will regret going too dark. You can always add color to the room with accessories, but if the walls are too dark, there is nothing you can do but paint over it.
  6. Shiplap, bead board, board and batten, anything to add character to your walls screams “FARMHOUSE VINTAGE” style. we recently installed bead board as a kitchen backsplash and I LOVE IT! I think it really creates a cozy, cottage vibe.  I also created my own SHIPLAP, with no power tools
  7. Signs! Signs create a welcoming feeling. I hate to keep referring to her, but Joanna Gaines uses them at least once in every home she “fixes up.” I created my own Bakery Sign similar to the one I saw in her home. I love the way my bakery sign creates character to our breakfast nook. To see this post on my DIY Bakery Sign click HERE.

To summarize FARMHOUSE STYLE: Vintage, Simple, White, Signs, lots of wood, and open shelving. A simple and light home decor trend.

Did I miss anything?

As always, thanks for stopping by.


25 thoughts on “What is Farmhouse Style and How do you get it?

  1. Good explanations… I see some similarities w/ other styles as there is some overlap, but it is nice to see the actual definition and ideas of farmhouse.

  2. I love your bakery sign and I am thinking of putting in some beadboard also. I am really starting to get into the farmhouse look now.

  3. Thanks for the overview! Farmhouse seems to be everywhere these days, and while it’s not completely my style, I do like aspects of it that I have incorporated into my own home decor. Visiting from No Rules Weekend party.

  4. Good ideas! I love white but sometimes it can be to boring. I love when people throw in nice accent colors, like apple green, cobalt blue, etc. Too much white tends to create a visual blur affect. Nothing to focus on.

  5. Have to admit, feels like the term “farmhouse” is being overdone too often but can remember when “French” was same until it went out of vogue. I enjoy some aspects of farmhouse but seems like cottage somewhat to me. I just enjoy relaxed, comfy looking rooms. Love your bakery sign, am a nut for signs.
    Have happy daze

    1. This is true….it is the “fad” right now and it too will pass. And I agree, farmhouse style is very very similar to cottage style. Have a great weekend!

  6. Thanks for all the tips and breaking everything down so beautifully Lindsey. I love seeing pictures of farmhouse style decor, I just can’t seem to get the look in my own home. Everything is a mix match of color and texture and well loved wacky finds. Maybe I’m not meant to be a farm girl, but I can dream right?!

  7. Ha! We moved into our house at the same time as you and also bought LOTS of dark furniture. I appreciate farmhouse style, though I can’t seem to get comfortable living in it. Love that you defined the style so clearly and beautifully. Thanks so much for sharing at the #happynowlinkup!

  8. Hi Lindsey, nice to meet you. Glad I found your blog. I’m hopping over from Shabby Art Boutique’s link party. I enjoyed your post on Farmhouse style and am impressed at all the projects you’ve tackled very successfully. I’d love for you to visit me at my blog at bringingfrenchcountryhome.blogspot.com. Hope you have a wonderful weekend. Pat

    1. Hi Pat,
      I just looked at your blog and I love it! Although my style is more of a modern farmhouse, I have a love for anything french country and french farmhouse! I hope you have a wonderful weekend too!

  9. Loved this Lindsey! I’ve fallen in love with farmhouse style and when we recently redid our kitchen I bravely (with my husband’s encouragement) went for some open shelving! So glad we did!

  10. You know, since we live on a farm, I always did think that my style WAS farmhouse! Now I have no idea WHAT my style is, or if I even have any style at all. Haha.
    I have never liked all white because my mother was all about the white and to this day I find it So. BORING. But I do certainly agree with you about how our likes and dislikes change over time – I had aubergine walls once, & at one disastrous point, FOREST GREEN FAUX LEATHER paint technique…. Argh! There are no pictures of that, & I will deny it ever happened if confronted.
    I am finally settled into a longtime love affair with shades of grey and soft neutrals – but I will never do white.

    1. haha I remember the days of the forest greens and brighter bolder colors. Yes, I think the white trend is on it’s way out anyway. Thanks for stopping by.

  11. Pingback: Busy Monday 279

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.