Whether you watch HGTV or not, you’ve probably heard of Chip and Joanna Gaines. Although they’ve been in business for years, it was their show, Fixer Upper, that turned them into a household name. Strong in their faith, and adorable kids to boot, this talented couple turns not-so-glamorous houses into homes of beauty. Now, with their relaunch of Magnolia Home Market–now open to the public–people everywhere are able to access charming pieces with farmhouse flair–a decorating style near and dear to Joanna. What is farmhouse style and how can you create the look in your own home? Let’s find out.
Farmhouse Style–in a Nutshell
Farmhouse interiors are all about the simple details. Somewhere between rustic and shabby chic, farmhouse style is about less fuss and more comfort, with ease. This reemerging style tends to appeal to those looking to reconnect with simpler times. At the foundation, its color scheme is neutral–lots of white walls–with accents of other soft, yet colorful hues layered on top. Elements that make this design style so special and unique include rustic and reclaimed wood, tried and true metals, and vintage-like pieces (especially lighting). Over the years, this style has evolved into a design style that anyone can add to their interiors. No farmhouse or acreage required. Here are 5 ways you can create that charming and comforting farmhouse style anywhere.
How To Get the Look
1. Embrace wood. Wood brings warmth and beauty to any space. Because of its abundance and accessibility, it’s easy–now more than ever–to use in your decor. The more rustic, the better. Pieces of furniture and hardwood floors are easy ways to get farmhouse charm without having to renovate your entire home. Scrapes and scuffs tell a story about the house, so think twice before buffing them out. To keep with true farmhouse fashion, paint wood wall paneling white.
2. Use relaxed fabrics. In past years, textiles were often handmade or passed down through the generations. The mixing and matching give the room an eclectic, lived-in feel. Linen, cotton, burlap, gingham, stripes, and plaid all make excellent choices for farmhouse living.
3. Focus on cooking and dining areas. In farmhouse style, the kitchen is definitely the heart of the home. Apron-front sinks, wood countertops, and solid cabinetry (often including open shelving) are surefire ways to embrace the look. Some ceramic accessories, mason jar flower vases, and chunky cutting boards are good substitutes when the budget is limited. Farmhouses were meant for entertaining, so when it comes to the dining area, only one thing will suffice: the iconic farm table. To keep with the mix-and-match motto, surround it with a collection of eclectic chairs.
4. Bring in vintage light fixtures. Rustic chandeliers, vintage pendants, and classic lanterns are perfect lighting choices for farmhouse design. Light fixtures have come a long way and there is an abundance of styles to choose from.
5. Lighten the color palette. Farmhouse design is all about being light and bright. White walls typically set the stage for everything else within the space. If dark wood paneling is present in low-lighted areas, it is often painted white as well. Since you can’t undo paint on a wood wall, be confident in your decision.
Can’t get enough of farmhouse style? Need some decorating inspiration? Check back with us soon to see what HGTV Fixer Upper rugs and furnishings we’ll have to offer! Also, stop by our Pinterest page to check out our board on farmhouse charm.