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Modern Farmhouse Style: A Design Guide

There’s a reason why Modern Farmhouse style is so hot right now. This beautiful and simple approach to living evokes a spirit of warmth and comfort while putting a fresh spin on tradition. Its inviting, laidback style is rooted in a vibrant mix of old and new. It’s timeless but not fussy. It’s cozy but not cluttered. It’s a low-key combination of eclecticism, minimalism and industrial chic. It’s about bringing the outside in and embracing organic, natural materials. It can be neutral and serene or incorporate bright color and patterns. It’s a little bit country with a whole lot of sophistication.

Modern Farmhouse is a chameleon style. It blends well with traditional interiors, as well as contemporary and eclectic ones. And you don’t have to live in an historic home to make Modern Farmhouse work for you. Brand new homes can rock this style, too, with the right design choices.

Modern Farmhouse style hearkens back to simpler times. Maybe that’s why so many people are gravitating toward it these days.

For this post, I’m sharing inspirational photos that show you how Modern Farmhouse style can work in every room in your home. Enjoy!


The center of family life, a hardworking kitchen is certainly the heart of any home and is one of the easiest spaces to infuse with Modern Farmhouse style. Light and bright with plenty of white, kitchens that embrace this style often take advantage of neutral palettes. That being said, today’s farmhouse style invites splashes of color, especially red, blue and green. Think apron sinks, large farmhouse tables, Windsor chairs, industrial pendants, exposed beams, open shelving, shaker cabinets, wide plank floors, painted surfaces mixed with natural woods, concrete countertops and a sprinkling of antiques.

One Kings Lane | Photo by William Waldron


Traditional Home
Design by Lori Gilder and Rebecca Reynolds, Kitchen Design Network | Photo by Dustin Peck



A welcoming place to gather and enjoy good food and even better company is what a Modern Farmhouse dining or breakfast room is all about. Modern Farmhouse isn’t precious. This style is perfectly imperfect with imperfections in woods and finishes adding charm and history to the space.

In the dining room, consider adding a vintage rug under a large trestle or farmhouse table in a reclaimed wood surrounded by spindle-backed Windsor chairs. Think oversized industrial chic pendants or chandelier, clean lined mix and match furniture in casual upholstery or slipcovers, shiplap walls in white, beige or gray and sliding barn doors.

For a real twist on tradition, add a great piece of contemporary art to the mix and perhaps even a modern chandelier.

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Traditional Home
Architecture by James Dixon | Photo by John Bessler



Classic Farmhouse Style is rooted in history. Modern Farmhouse Style takes those timeless sensibilities and makes them relevant today. In the living room, that means using materials, antiques, artwork, furniture, accessories and more that give a sense of age but feel refreshed. It’s about creating sink-in comfort in an open, airy space. Think large stone fireplaces, paned windows, beamed ceilings, distressed wood furniture and comfy sofas and chairs. Again, shiplap is a natural choice for walls and barn doors add farmhouse flair.

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Atlanta Homes and Lifestyles
Interior Design: Teri Duffy | Architects: Rick Spitzmiller/Robert Norris | Builder: Chris Clay



Modern Farmhouse bedrooms are comfy and cozy but also have a rustic side. Exposed beams, reclaimed wood, industrial chic lighting and vintage pieces mixed with new finds all make a bedroom fit this style. Contemporary bedrooms can also take on Modern Farmhouse vibe by choosing Shaker chic furniture with clean fine, lines. Modern Farmhouse is all about contrasts, and a bedroom is the ideal space to mix rustic with modern, pretty with unfussy, warm with industrial. But remember to top that bed with layers of linens in casual, soft fabrics.

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Design by Chango and Co. | Photo by Sarah Elliott
Rue magazine



Modern Farmhouse bathrooms combine clean and sleek with warm and homey. Think apron front sinks, vintage or retro-style faucets traditional mosaic tiled floors, framed mirrors, wooden benches or stools, industrial lighting, wicker baskets, shiplap walls in white or black, beadboard, steel-framed shower doors, reclaimed wood and sliding barn doors.

One Kind Design
Technica Construcciones



Make a Modern Farmhouse first impression with a foyer that speaks to that style the moment you open the door. Consider distressed wooden consoles, chests or benches, lanterns, light, bright paint colors, reclaimed wood doors, barn doors and wrought iron staircases.

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Modern farmhouses feature clean, simple aesthetic of traditional functional farmhouses but embrace the comfort and needs of the modern day homeowner. Steeply pitched gable roofs, dormers, and porches all play into Modern Farmhouse exteriors. Crisp paint colors, especially black and white are popular but so are sage green, blue and beige. You’ll also find natural woods mixed with stone, dark roofs and unusual window shapes.

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Is Modern Farmhouse style your style? It’s certainly trending today, and I’m thinking it will be very popular for quite awhile. If you’d like to give it a go in your new custom home, or if you’d like to give your current home a Modern Farmhouse redo, give us a call at 314.395.1114¬†or CLICK HERE to contact us.

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