I don’t live in a farmhouse…in fact it’s not even close. However, that hasn’t stopped me from adding bits of Farmhouse style decor to my home. Farmhouse style is welcoming, casual and liveable. There are cozy, slipcovered sofas, plump pillows from soft natural textiles and easy vintage-inspired accessories. Lots of open storage adds interest and texture. With the popularity of shows like Fixer Upper on HGTV, Farmhouse Style seems to be all over the place. I would like to share some ways you can add simple Farmhouse touches to your spaces…and without breaking the bank.
1. Light walls, wood floors.
Start with the background. Pull out the paint supplies and paint your walls white or ivory. This will immediately brighten things up and you will have a neutral background. Wood floors, painted or not, are also an important element…however I don’t have them. I still have carpet in my main rooms and laminate in my kitchen. Wood floors are actually on my bucket list…attainable but probably not for a while.
One of the things I love most about Farmhouse style is being able to use things I love as part of my decor…especially my collections. Ironstone, mason jars, quilts, old silver, baskets, enamelware, wood bowls. If you can’t do anything else, just adding a few vintage accessories will start you on your way.
This is where I struggle with true farmhouse style. I have a one little painted table that sits in my living room but other than that, all my furniture is stained.
Painting the wood is not an option…so I decided a few years ago that I couldn’t let this hold me back. Take what you have and make it work. I added light colored trays or baskets to some of the table tops. I use runners on my dining room table to break up the dark wood.
Open shelving goes hand-in-hand with accessorizing and using your collections. What better way to display them than in a bookcase or free-standing piece of furniture? Here’s another way you can sort of “fake it.” By painting the section of cabinetry in my kitchen (pictured below) a contrasting color, I think it gives the illusion of being a piece of furniture. Combining closed and open storage in the same piece also let’s you hide the ugly stuff while highlighting what’s beautiful.
This is one of my favorite elements of farmhouse style. (No shock there I’m sure.) The best fabrics to use are linen, cotton, burlap and ticking. Anything vintage will work as well. Add them where ever you can. Pillows, throws, window treatments, runners.
My favorite vintage textiles are grain sacks, quilts and tea towels. Keep it neutral or add a little color. Fabric adds softness and texture to any space…plus it adds your personality. Showing who you are and how much you love your home is always a good thing.
OK…you might be saying to yourself “I don’t have any heirlooms.” The word “heirloom” doesn’t have to mean expensive. Value is in the eye of the beholder. You may have something from Grandma’s house that isn’t worth two cents…but it’s a part of your history so in my opinion, that is priceless. Farmhouse style is about history and the most important thing is that the pieces in your home tell the story of your family.
I love beadboard. I adore planked walls. I have neither in my home but if you have any DIY skills at all, it’s a very budget friendly way to add farmhouse style to your decor. Use it on your walls, stairway, ceiling or backsplash.
Photo credit: StoneGable
Vintage or vintage-inspired signs add character and a touch of fun to any farmhouse style space. They can reflect your interests, the season or the space itself. If you can’t find exactly what you want, it’s an easy project to DIY with stencils or transfer letters.
So…that’s my take on Farmhouse Style. Remember that it’s not all or nothing…and it’s perfectly OK and actually quite interesting to mix styles. I’ve said this many times but I’m saying it again…if you enter a room in your home and smile…then you’re on the right track.
Here are some tips for adding Farmhouse style from three of my favorite bloggers…and let me tell you…these girls know what they are talking about!