This is a dreary time of year, with days where it seems as though the outside world is nothing but rain and grey skies. If you live in a colder climate you may be looking at dirty, half-melted snow piles.
But we’re good at imagining things, and we want you to try to do the same. Close your eyes and picture yourself standing under a blue sky in mid-June. You can feel the sun on your face, smell freshly cut grass and hear clean sheets flapping in the breeze.
You’re sitting on a front porch, on furniture that is weathered, but well-crafted. The sheets on the line are colorful and bright. When you look around the house, you feel that you’d like to incorporate modern industrial items in the kitchen – some tin or aluminum might fit the bill. Welcome to farmhouse décor.
Farmhouse décor is part of the country décor family, and stays true to all of country’s hallmarks – humility, patina, a connection to the past – while also forging its own identity.
Let’s take a look at a few of the elements you’d find in a home decorated in vintage farmhouse style.
Wide open spaces
Farmhouse décor is characterized by open layouts. Country Living gives the example of Chip and Joanna Gaines -stars of the popular HGTV show “Fixer Upper”. Their renovated farmhouse features a combination kitchen/dining/living area that has no walls and lots of light to create a clean, airy feeling typical of the Farmhouse style.
Farmhouse décor should feel cheerful and bright, but keep in mind that it also has its roots in a more frugal world. So it makes sense that you find a lot of white paint in farmhouse homes. Remember that you can still bring color to your interior through curtains and pillows while keeping your walls white.
Wooden countertops and apron sinks
These may not be part of everyone’s budget, but if you’re considering remodeling your kitchen, you might want to attempt this farmhouse look: a simple wooden counter instead of, say, marble, and a big apron front sink, perfect for washing lots of fresh-from-the-earth produce.
A big kitchen table
A farmhouse kitchen needs a big, sturdy table. As Houzz contributor Lisa Frederick put it, “These workhorses pull double duty as eating space and food-prep surface — roll out dough, chop vegetables or perch pies and cakes to cool on them.”
Mason jars recall an age where people made their own food and kept/preserved it at home. Even if you’re not inclined to create your own preserves, these jars still look great, and can be used for everything from storage to vases to drinking glasses.
In addition to Mason jars, there are a number of other farmhouse décor storage methods you can try: wire baskets and galvanized buckets are all great ways to give your space a vintage look.
Lots of natural light
Natural light is one of the hallmarks of farmhouse décor. Open your blinds to achieve a farmhouse look, at least during the day. (We don’t expect you to live by candlelight, although we’d have you covered if you did.)
Your farmhouse fore-bearers didn’t have Home Depot. They relied on wooden shelves to store their items. The shelves you choose should have a weathered look, almost as if they’d once been part of a barn.
Whether it’s an old advertisement or a sign with a heartwarming or funny slogan, hanging a weathered — or weathered-looking — sign in your kitchen or living room shows visitors another side to your farmhouse style.
You might be several generations removed from the farming life, but embracing this vintage décor gives you a chance to connect with the past and give your home a more relaxed feel. For more information on the different types of country décor, check out Piper Classics’ Country Décor Look Book. Download it today, and find your new country style.