Ever since Fixer Upper first aired on HGTV back in 2013, the modern farmhouse interior has steadily grown in popularity. And with Chip and Joanna Gaines returning to television, it’s firmly planting roots. You’ve seen the trademark look gracing magazine covers and Pinterest boards, and featured on a new crop of home design shows, by why has America embraced the Modern Farmhouse interior so tightly? Maybe it’s because it seamlessly blends nostalgic country charm with clean, contemporary lines. Maybe it’s the classic neutral color palette? Or maybe it’s in the fine details?
Whether you have a fixer upper of your own, or are building a brand new home, here are a few DIY room design tips to get the Modern Farmhouse look you love.
Neutral Colors and High Contrast
The Modern Farmhouse look is the epitome of transitional design, falling neatly between traditional and trendy. Starting with a light, neutral foundation of white, beige, or pale gray walls creates a soothing color scheme that compliments solid wood cabinetry and Farmhouse décor. To get Joanna’s signature style, throw in some high contrast touches, like white cabinets with a dark kitchen island or dark countertops.
Solid Wood Cabinetry
In true Fixer Upper fashion, DIY kitchen cabinets can transform a dingy kitchen into a dream. To capture the Modern Farmhouse feel, opt for dark or white cabinets, and add simple embellishments like glass front doors, built-in wine racks, and cup pulls in a distressed antique silver or oil-rubbed bronze finish. Avoid anything overly ornate. While the simplicity of shaker cabinetry suits a Farmhouse kitchen, raised and recessed panel doors work equally well, as long as you take a modern, minimalist approach elsewhere. Adding an apron front sink (also known as a farmhouse sink) can add an extra touch of charm.
A Modern Farmhouse kitchen or bathroom isn’t complete without a subway tile backsplash. White is the quintessential choice, but depending on the solid wood cabinetry finish you select, you can also add a hint of color. Taupe, beige, charcoal, and pale gray stick with the neutral color scheme, as does traditional white Carrara Marble with grey veining.
Wood (or Wood Look) Flooring
While you’d expect to see hardwood flooring in a farmhouse, it’s not always practical in a modern, open concept kitchen. Wood-look tile is durable, impervious to water, and easy to clean. Best of all, it looks almost identical to the real thing and can be used seamlessly throughout the home.
Last but not least, we can’t forget this key element of Modern Farmhouse style. From board and batten paneling in the dining room or laundry room; bead board in the bathroom, or a shiplap wall in the home office or TV room, adding decorative architectural details like an accent wall can help you achieve that magazine-quality look.
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