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What is Farmhouse Style?

Wednesday, May 25th, 2016

farmhouse style
By: BreeAnn Cook, Interior Designer

Have you ever heard someone say, “I like a rustic, farmhouse style” or “I’m going for that industrial look” and you wonder, what does that mean? Design styles change every few years, and sometimes they change so rapidly, it can be hard to keep up. To make matters worse, styles often overlap and have similar characteristics. Just when you think you have the hang of it, there’s a new style to grasp. To help you better understand your design style, and how to mix it with others, we are sharing a monthly blog post on the most popular design styles and their key elements.

Today we are starting with Farmhouse style, which has been around for some time, but is seeing a major resurgence, possibly due to the popularity of HGTV Fixer Upper star and designer, Joanna Gaines. This American style is derived from a rural way of life, where simplicity and functionality reign supreme. Materials used were easily obtainable. Generally, the architecture is basic and unadorned, like board and batten siding, wide plank walls and floors and exposed, hand hewn beams. Of course, we can’t leave out the large front porch, ideal for rocking chairs. Interior décor would be approachable, no frills or fussiness. Walls are usually painted white or very light. Neutral, cotton fabrics with the occasional pop of color is used for upholstery, while a mix of antiques with lots of character and rustic, natural finishes are used for the casegoods. Grain sack inspired stripes and gingham are popular patterns indicative of the style. Other key elements include mud rooms, because muddy farm boots need a place to land, “farmhouse” apron front sinks for washing dishes, vegetables, etc… and a large, sturdy farm table perfect for meal prep and family gatherings.

Now, you don’t have to live on a hundred acre farm to have and enjoy the benefits of Farmhouse style. Its actually very family friendly, as it favors old and rustic finishes over bright and shiny new ones. It also plays well with other styles like industrial and cottage. If you want to add this look to your home, start with family heirlooms. If you’re buying new, seek out pieces that have the character of old, maybe a distressed finish or details often found in antiques. A big farm table is a must; paired with chairs at the ends and a casual bench on the sides. If you don’t have a dedicated dining room, consider using it in place of a kitchen island. Add lantern style lighting fixtures and complete the look with accessories that are reminiscent of farm life such as wooden crates and galvanized buckets. Remember, simplicity and functionality are key traits of farmhouse style so don’t over fill and clutter the space. Want to get this look? All of the items pictured are available for order at Bowen Town and Country furniture, and we can help you create the style you want with personalized touches.

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