Follow along as we explore the key elements that make up a modern farmhouse style of architecture and design.
Contemporary yet cozy, the modern farmhouse style creates a feeling of clean warmth. Traditional but not fussy, the modern farmhouse is both modern yet comfortable.
Blending the traditional country home with the more minimal and clean line contemporary design, results in a home that is fresh and simplistic with its natural elements, imperfections and unique style.
Emma Sims-Hilditch (of the interior design firm Sims-Hilditch) suggests how to achieve a modern farmhouse feel without ‘too much country’.
“To us, modern farmhouse style is all about creating a cozy interior with layers, pattern and color. One way to get this look, is to open up ceilings to expose the rafters and make the most of the height. Alternatively, adding materials such as limewashed timber cladding to walls and ceilings can immediately transform a room. When it comes to choosing fabrics, try pairing multiple patterns and materials such as a chunky linen with a smooth velvet in a similar color palette.”
Blend classic and modern in the modern farmhouse design style with a neutral palette. Muted and neutral colors, like wall paint like ‘repose gray’ paired with white trim provides both clean lines and a feeling of coziness.
By utilizing a neutral color scheme, it makes the remaining elements of the modern farmhouse design style that much easier to seamlessly add into the mix. From decor, to modern appliances and comfortable furniture, to statement lights.
The interior and exterior architecture of a modern farmhouse is equally important.
Think timber cladding, lofted spaces and high ceilings, open floor plans and large windows, as well as wraparound porches. Large, airy and uncomplicated spaces are the name of the game here in designing a modern farmhouse inside and out.
Along with the theme of being uncluttered, the farmhouse of today might have bare windows (ie no window treatments) to aid in the goal of bringing in more natural light and creating the feel of a larger space.
Contemporary furniture and decor mixed with clean and natural materials like raw wood or weathered/untreated finishes, exposed brickwork as well as patina tiles.
Experts like Little Greene’s Ruth Mottershead suggest,
“A key element when creating a modern farmhouse look is texture – so pair neutrals with related shades in rich wool, tumbled linens, and mid-century style reclaimed or textured wood furniture. These types of schemes evoke a sense of calm but still have an element of interest through texture, elevating the look from simply ‘country’ to a more contemporary feel.”
Layering different materials along with employing a mix and match style for fabrics and decor, creates a dynamic feel to the interior design of your modern farmhouse.
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