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Want a farmhouse look without the farm? Here’s how


Modern farmhouse style is very trendy right now. This theme turns a house into a home, filling the atmosphere with cozy, charming vibes. It’s the perfect mixture of sophisticated and laid back, both of which can impress your guests and also make them feel comfortable enough to cuddle up on the couch. There’s a fine line between achieving farmhouse chic and creating classic country, however. The main difference between the two tends to be the use of accessories; country relies on accent pieces, while farmhouse is more minimalistic.

If you’re struggling to create that modern rustic look and you need a little advice, search no further. Here are a few ways to achieve the look without the need for a full out barn in the backyard:

Incorporate iron accents
From the door knobs and drawer handles to the picture frames on the entryway walls, iron makes the perfect subtle hint at farmhouse decor. Place wrought iron throughout your home to complete this look.

Utilize vintage furniture and accessories
Modern style tends to follow what’s current in the industry, but farmhouse takes a step back and focuses more on vintage furniture and accent pieces. This doesn’t mean you should fill your entire home with sofas and chairs from the flea market. A few staple pieces will stick out and emphasize the farmhouse look you’re trying to achieve.

“Vintage lamps, old-fashioned bookends and architectural hardware can complete the look.”

This may be easier to do with accessories. Vintage lamps, old-fashioned bookends and architectural hardware can complete the look if executed correctly.

Expose wooden ceiling beams
Give your home a natural touch that also focuses on architectural detail by placing exposed beams in the living room or another space that’s often frequented by family and guests. This design element can take your home from one level to the next, and can be exactly what you’re missing if you feel as though your home still needs a touch of rustic.

Invest in an apron sink
Deep sinks are both extremely useful and aesthetically pleasing when it comes to farmhouse style. With the right wrought iron faucet, this piece will make the biggest statement in your home.

Take advantage of neutral colors
Neutral colors will help you create that calm and cozy vibe you’re going for. Most modern farmhouses are full of a mixture of cream, beige, silver, sage and gray, and some take the risk of adding one bold hue to the mix to spice things up. Navy blue is popular, but deep red can also make a statement.

A neutral color scheme paired with shiplap can bring the theme together.

Don’t forget about the shiplap
Can you call a home farmhouse rustic without using shiplap? Reclaimed wood interior is a popular element in this style for its beauty, but also for its functionality, according to designer Calista Munnell.

“Shiplap is a beautiful material that has a variety of appealing uses in a home,” she told The Spruce. “In addition to general aesthetic applications, it can be used to counteract awkward spatial relationships. For example, in a space with low ceiling height, shiplap boards installed vertically on a wall will draw the eye upward, giving the illusion of a higher ceiling. Similarly, shiplap can be mounted horizontally to visually widen a space.”

If you’re still worried that you might go overboard and feel overwhelmed making these adjustments on your own, a personal decorator from Decorating Den Interiors can help. One of our professionals will come to your home for a free consultation to evaluate your living space and discuss your ideas. From there, he or she will provide professional insight and personal experience with farmhouse design so you can devise a plan to execute the style as you envision. By the end of your discussion, you’ll feel confident that your design consultant can make your interior design dreams come true.

Your style ideas can become a reality in no time – so what are you waiting for? Contact a personal decorator from Decorating Den Interiors today to get started.

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