The Farmhouse Takeover

August 25th, 2016 Farmhouse Decor

“It’s like watercolor, so peaceful and pure. You feel like you’re stepping back in time.”

That’s interior designer Cortney Bishop, speaking to the Washington Post in a recent story about farmhouse decor.

She tells the Post that it may be the next lifestyle phenomenon, in cities as well as more rustic settings:


“It’s already taken over the furniture markets and the restaurant industry,” she said, pointing to the recent explosion of farm-to-table restaurants filled with Mason jars, communal wooden tables and watering cans filled with fresh flowers. “Everyone is taking cues from farmhouse.”

The story quotes another designer, Darryl Carter of Washington D.C., who says that pulling off the farmhouse look requires the ability to let go of imperfections.

Some tips we picked up from reading the piece:

  • “Follow the architecture,” Carter says. Old buildings might have flaws and inconsistencies.

  • Heirlooms can dictate the rest of your décor. In Carter’s case, it was finding a large white barn door from the 1800s with the silhouette of a pony painted on it. Bishop found an old gravestone on her property and mounted it over her mantel. “It tells the story of the property’s past.”

  • Don’t over-decorate. It’s a quick way to make a room look dated.

  • Use neutral colors with smaller patterns so that the important, eye-catching pieces – a family portrait, for example – stand out.

  • Resist the compulsion to make every room different. There’s nothing wrong with, say, giving every bathroom the same color paint.

  • If you need to have a room stand out, you can always choose to put a piece of modern art among your older pieces.

  • If you live in the country or the suburbs, take advantage of the colors around you rather than distracting from them. It’s there in the “green hills, the blue pond, the red barn…the tree outside an important window,” Bishop says. Adds Carter: “Many people are tempted to clutter up spaces with prints and patterns. These structures are usually beautiful on their own.”

And we’ll add to these tips some of our own:

  • Farmhouse décor is epitomized by wide open layouts: think of homes with large combination kitchen/dining living areas that allow a lot of light in.

  • Farmhouse décor should feel bright, but also came from an era where colored paints were a luxury. That’s why you find mostly white paint in farmhouse homes. As the designers we quoted said, you can rely on nature to add more color to your surroundings, or add some colorful curtains or pillows.

  • Mason jars may be all the craze in restaurants these days, but we’ve known how useful and charming they can be for years. Even if you’re not going to channel your pioneer ancestors and make preserves, they still make great vases or drinking glasses.

  • The kitchen was the center of life in a farmhouse, so it makes sense that you’d have a big, durable kitchen table: someplace to eat, talk, prepare food and play games.

  • Another feature of farmhouse kitchens: a simple wooden counter and a big, apron-front sink, perfect for preparing veggies that come fresh from your garden.

Ready for the farmhouse decor look in your home? Piper Classics can help, whether that means hanging country curtains, quilts, or other rustic-looking items in your bedroom or bathroom.

We’re thrilled to see the huge popularity of the farmhouse look make national news, and we can’t wait to get more people interested in this comforting country style. Our newest website feature allows our customers to select their country style to see a selection of products tailored to their particular county tastes.

It doesn’t matter if you’re living in a 19th century farmhouse or a 21st century townhouse, our goal is to help you find the right country look!

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